Five Qualities of an Excellent Digital Humanities Project

An excellent DH project should be:

1. Focused: A great Digital Humanities Project will have a central theme that brings all of the data together

2. Relevant: The project should concern something that people will care about. Creating a project of your brother’s poetry won’t be successful, because most people do not care to study your brothers poetry. Rather, a distinguished poet’s work would make your project more relevant because it may be useful for scholars scholars.

3. Searchable: Especially if the project contains many different works, a search bar will make it easier for scholars to sift through all of your data

4. Cited: Be sure to specify where you got your information. It is extremely important that scholars know your data is reliable.

5. Visually Appealing: The format and graphics of a good DH project keep scholars engaged. Make sure the format of your project is clean and structured around your theme. This will make it easier to navigate. Clear images are critical because they ensure accuracy, especially when you can zoom in.

1.  A great digital humanities should contain interesting, organized, reliable material. Scholars use projects that have compelling themes and useful data. In order to prove that your data is interesting, it is important to keep it organized. Well-organized data keeps scholars interested. Data that is not structured and orderly will be difficult to focus on. Lastly, a DH project is great when the data is reliable. A dependable DH project is comprised entirely of correctly cited data that has no mistakes (especially in digital editions!).

2. Digital Humanities enables scholars to ask new questions about past issues by providing them with new methods. Old concepts can be analyzed using new technology. A prime example of this is distant reading. Scholars can use distant reading to examine trends across thousands of texts without closely reading each individual one. MALLET, a topic modeling tool used for distant reading can process multitudes of digital texts in less than two minutes. MALLET reveals countless different topics within groups of texts, allowing scholars to question previous research conducted using traditional tools. New Digital Humanities tools such as MALLET allow scholars to expand their research and ask new questions.

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