What is DH?

What are the Digital Humanities?

Digital Humanities encompasses any humanistic inquiry facilitated by digital technologies. Digital humanists use tools for mapping, data visualization, text analysis, online exhibits, digital collections, storytelling, and more to interpret, analyze, and present research across all disciplines to a broad audience.

Digital Humanities work is characterized by collaborative approaches, public engagement, openness, and transparency. We value process and experimentation as well as scholarly outcomes.

Why do Digital Humanities?

Digital Humanities is more than mashing up digital tools and traditional research, it is a field in of itself with its own values and techniques. While research papers, articles, and books are vital to the scholarly conversation, Digital Humanities projects can reach beyond traditional audiences for scholarly work.

By engaging with the larger DH community of practice, we gain insight into how scholars work across disciplines, institutions and other boundaries. Students and faculty who work with DH get the opportunity to share their work widely, discover new ways to present their research, and gain confidence working with technology.

By partnering with librarians and IT, DH practitioners also get the chance to collaborate with colleagues in new ways.

Example Projects

This is a selection of Digital Humanities projects done at Gettysburg College that include contributions from students, faculty, and librarians.

Gettysburg College Digital Projects

  • The First World War Letters of H.J.C. Peirs – Involves multiple aspects of digital scholarship, including transcription, mapping, timelines, and social media; the project is maintained by Ian Isherwood, Amy Lucadamo, R.C. Miessler, and student research assistants.
  • What We Did Here: Activism at Gettysburg College – A crowd-sourced digital collection devoted to documenting the discourse that has occurred on campus surrounding issues of race, gender, sexuality, political affiliation, religion, and class.
  • The Vietnam Memory Project – This website is a place where members of the Gettysburg College Community can deposit scans and digital files of photographs, documents (letters, diaries, military documents), stories, audio recordings, and other materials documenting their experiences and memories of the Vietnam War period.

Student Projects

Students in the Digital Scholarship Summer Fellowship, Kolbe Fellowship, and other independent research programs at Gettysburg College created the following digital projects.

Selected Classroom Digital Projects