Analysing an Academic Field through the Lenses of Internet Science: Digital Humanities as a Virtual Community

A. Akdag Salah*, A. Scharnhorst, S. Wyatt

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternet Science: Second International Conference, INSCI 2015, Brussels, Belgium, May 27-29, 2015, Proceedings
EditorsT. Tiropanis, A. Vakali, L. Sartori, P. Burnap
Place of PublicationDordrecht
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-18608-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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