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Debates in the Digital Humanities$
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Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.001.0001

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The Digital Humanities and its Users

The Digital Humanities and its Users

(p.213) Chapter 13 The Digital Humanities and its Users
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Charlie Edwards

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter traces a history of the user in digital humanities, before turning to examine digital humanities as system. More recent thinking on usability shifts the emphasis from system to user and her lived experience of the system in its context of use. The chapter explores the online landscape—the “user interface,” as it were—of the digital humanities in its current design. It focuses on reading traces of users’ situated experiences in blog posts, in comment threads, and on Twitter, then lays out this user’s informal analysis of the results. It proposes that digital humanities and its possible futures are likely to be shaped, delimited, or advanced by how digital humanists choose to design and build their conceptions of the user, and the extent to which all users can participate in that process.

Keywords:   digital humanities, usability, system, user interface, blog posts, Twitter

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