Digital humanities (dh) has been depicted as an innovative engine for humanities, as a challenge for data science, and as an area where libraries, archives and providers of e-research infrastructures join forces with research pioneers. However dh is defined, one thing is certain: dh is a new community which manifests and identifies itself via the internet and social media. In this paper we propose to describe dh as a virtual community (vc), and discuss the implications of such an epistemic approach. We start with a (re)inspection of the scholarly discourse about vcs, and the analytic frameworks which have been applied to study them. We discuss the aspects that are highlighted by taking such a stance, and use the guidelines proposed by the fp7 european network of excellence in internet science (eins) in our investigation.
|Title of host publication||Internet Science: Second International Conference, INSCI 2015, Brussels, Belgium, May 27-29, 2015, Proceedings|
|Editors||T. Tiropanis, A. Vakali, L. Sartori, P. Burnap|
|Place of Publication||Dordrecht|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|
Akdag Salah, A., Scharnhorst, A., & Wyatt, S. (2015). Analysing an Academic Field through the Lenses of Internet Science: Digital Humanities as a Virtual Community. In T. Tiropanis, A. Vakali, L. Sartori, & P. Burnap (Eds.), Internet Science: Second International Conference, INSCI 2015, Brussels, Belgium, May 27-29, 2015, Proceedings (pp. 78-89). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18609-2_6