What Makes A Good DH Project?

Five qualities of a good digital humanities project are:

1. A unifying theme and scholarly purpose for the information

2. Ease of navigation, including organization by topic, date, etc…

3. Aesthetically pleasing – readable, organized design and images related to the project

4. Properly cited sources and references for credibility

5. Option for users to search for specific information within the project and/or interact with the information

A good digital humanities project has a unifying theme and scholarly purpose, so that all of the information is related in some way. A good DH project should also allow users to navigate the project using a search feature or other interaction tools. A good DH project should always be simple to navigate and aesthetically pleasing, since these qualities will encourage other scholars and students to make good use of the project. Finally, a good DH project should properly cite its sources and references. Without proper citations, the project is not credible and others cannot properly use it in a scholarly manner.

DH allows scholars to ask new questions because it combines today’s vast technological tools with old information, history, or stories, allowing data to be digitized and shared quickly and efficiently. Tools such as Google Ngrams and Juxta Editions allow scholars to look for trends from thousands of texts at once without a close reading of those texts, and can be manipulated to provide information on specific topics and/or time periods. Finding new trends and patterns using these tools allows scholars to raise questions that otherwise may not have been thought of, since such trends would not have been as easily and efficiently recognized. In addition, digital humanities allows scholars to better collaborate in a virtual setting, allowing for endless perspectives and sources to meet in one place.

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