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Transdisciplinarity and digital humanities: Lessons learned from developing text-mining tools for textual analysis

Lin, Y 2012, 'Transdisciplinarity and digital humanities: Lessons learned from developing text-mining tools for textual analysis' , in: Understanding digital humanities , Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, pp. 295-314. (In Press)

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Abstract

The development and implementation of e-Research tools have signified and signalled a dramatic "computational turn" in conducting research in humanities. Digital humanities has been heralded as the future of humanities research. e-Research programmes often emphasise interdisciplinary and/ or multidisciplinary. Although to some extent these existing observations are valid, I will argue in this paper that the kind of digital humanities facilitated by e-Research tools, if widely adopted, is in fact transdisciplinary, a step further than multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary. The realisation of transdisciplinary research can be seen through looking at the process of developing text-mining tools for social and behavioural scientists in the case study to be introduced in this paper. I will discuss the challenges and implications of such transdisciplinary research in light of this case study. The empirical case study provided here also contributes to the ongoing and long-standing discussion about interdisciplinariy and transdisciplinarity.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Berry, D
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-Science, e-Humanity, e-Social Sciences, digital humanity, text-mining, Science and Technology Studies (STS), textual analysis, research methodology,
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media > Communication, Cultural & Media Studies Research Centre
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Arts & Media
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr. Yu-Wei Lin
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2012 13:56
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:20
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/19304

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