Before your do digital history…

Histogram and word cloud 'Eugenetica'This blog post is the adapted conclusion from the paper ‘A Digital Humanities Approach to the History of Science.
Eugenics revisited in hidden debates by means of semantic text mining’ I wrote in collaboration with Fons Laan, Maarten de Rijke and Toine Pieters. The article was based on the research I did within the historical text mining project BILAND, as well as its predecessor WAHSP. The article is in press as part of the Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Histoinformatics

In a recent blog post called ‘The Deceptions of Data’, Andrew Prescott has criticized the jubilation of the ‘digital revolution’. He states that “One of the problems confronting data enthusiasts in the humanities is that we feel a need to convince our more old fashioned colleagues about what can be done. But our role as advocates of digitized data shouldn’t mean that we lose our critical sense as scholars. [. . . ] [T]here is a risk that we look more carefully at the technical components of the datasets than the historical context of the information that they represent.” Doorgaan met het lezen van “Before your do digital history…”