The Computational Turn: Thinking About the Digital Humanities

  title={The Computational Turn: Thinking About the Digital Humanities},
  author={David Michael Berry},
  journal={Culture Machine},
  • D. M. Berry
  • Published 18 February 2011
  • Computer Science
  • Culture Machine
Few dispute that digital technology is fundamentally changing the way in which we engage in the research process. Indeed, it is becoming more and more evident that research is increasingly being mediated through digital technology. Many argue that this mediation is slowly beginning to change what it means to undertake research, affecting both the epistemologies and ontologies that underlie a research programme. Of course, this development is variable depending on disciplines and research… 
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