Invited talk by Marieke van Erp at the 8th AIUCD Conference 2019 – ‘Pedagogy, teaching, and research in the age of Digital Humanities’ in Udine, Italy.
Finding common ground between text, maps, and tables for quantitative and qualitative research
Abstract: Humanities research is increasingly becoming an interdisciplinary affair; digitisation and computing present researchers with interesting opportunities but also with challenges to traditional research methods. Digital archives can be a treasure trove of text, images, maps, tables and more, but accessing these data in an intuitive and interpretable manner takes the humanist into the realm of big data analysis. Whilst daunting at first, this can open up new data perspectives and research collaborations between computer science and the humanities. In this talk, I describe how we forge collaborations between linguists, historians, media studies researchers and computer scientists to answer digital humanities research questions from new, combined perspectives. We use linked data techniques and grounding in time and space to connect data from various archives in various formats and modalities. I will illustrate how this changes the daily practice of researchers, makes us rethink our research methods and I will touch upon some the challenges still ahead.