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Digital Humanities

A Wenzhou-Kean University 2018 Student Partnering with Staff (SpS) Research Program Project, A Pathway to Digital Humanities, seeks both to gauge and stimulate interest in digital humanities.

What are distant reading and close reading?

In the digital humanities, close reading has been a central practice that is premised on careful attention to features contained in a text, as well as its variations, history, transmission, possible meanings, and range of nuances. Distant reading explicitly ignores the specific features of any individual text that close reading concentrates on in favor of gleaning larger trends and patterns from a corpus of texts.

SOURCE: Burdick, A., Drucker, J., Lunenfeld, P., Pressner, T., & Schnapp, J. (2012). Digital Humanities. Cambridge, MA: Massachuetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved from

What are macro/micro and surface/depth

What we are seeing is the emergence of new conjunctions between the macro and the micro, general surface trends and deep hermeneutic inquiry, the global view from above and the local view on the ground.

Radically innovative approaches to mapping could emerge from within the Digital Humanities to create environments for exploring differential geographies and delving into heterogeneous geospatial representations, beyond simply registering the phenomenological aspects of space on conventional maps

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Patterns in Digital Humanities

Relevant Books

Analyzing Discourse and Text Complexity for Learning and Collaborating

With the advent and increasing popularity of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) and e-learning technologies, the need of automatic assessment and of teacher/tutor support for the two tightly intertwined activities of comprehension of reading materials and of collaboration among peers has grown significantly. The individual learning perspective is focused on the identification of reading strategies and on providing a multi-dimensional textual complexity model.

Handbook of Reading Research

However, on the whole, Volume III of this book explores the verges of reading research. The editors identified two broad themes as representing the myriad of verges that have emerged since Volumes I and II were published: (1) broadening the definition of reading, and (2) broadening the reading research program. The particulars of these new themes and topics are addressed.

Designing for Digital Reading

Reading is now in a period of rapid change, and digital text is fast becoming the predominant mode of reading. Drawing key concepts from this review, this book moves forward to develop and test methods for creating new and more effective interactions for supporting digital reading. Finally, the authors lay down a set of lightweight attributes which can be used as evidence-based guidelines to improve the usability of future digital reading technologies.