Analysing an academic field through the lenses of Internet Science : Digital Humanities as a Virtual Community

A. Akdag Salah, Andrea Scharnhorst, S. Wyatt

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Abstract

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 cer- tain: 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 dis- course 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 in Internet Science in our investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternet Science
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Second International Conference, INSCI 2015, Brussels, Belgium, May 27-29, 2015
EditorsThanassis Tiropanis, Athena Vakali, Laura Sartori, Pete Burnap
PublisherSpringer
Volume9089
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Sciences
PublisherSpringer
Volume9089

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