[Humanist] 23.725 new book: a digital trivium

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Mar 25 07:48:48 CET 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 725.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sun, 21 Mar 2010 21:14:07 +0000
        From: Domenico Fiormonte <fiormont at uniroma3.it>
        Subject: Digital trivium book

Dear list members and friends,

We are happy to announce the publication of our new book "L'umanista
digitale" (*The Digital Humanist*), by Teresa Numerico, Domenico Fiormonte
and Francesca Tomasi (Il Mulino, Bologna, 2010):


This work follows the collective "Informatica per le discipline 
umanistiche" (ed. by Teresa Numerico and Arturo Vespignani, 2004), a small 
best-seller in our field, as it was widely used in many humanities 
computing courses across Italy.

In the last six years so many things have changed, so we decided to write 
a completely different book, and organized it around the idea of an 
essential "digital trivium". Not just an introduction to DH, but a 
critical reflection on current tools (Google, among others) and practices. 

Accordingly, the volume is divided in three main sections: "Writing & 
producing content" (*Scrivere e produrre*, by D. Fiormonte); 
"Representation and preservation" (*Rappresentare e conservare*, by F. 
Tomasi); "Searching and organizing" (*Cercare e organizzare*, by T. 
Numerico). The book was conceived from a genuinely interdisciplinary 
perspective, as we all work in different fields: Teresa is a philosopher 
of science and CS historian, Francesca is a computer scientist and digital 
archivist, and Domenico is a linguist and new media student. 
Perhaps the most challenging output of this collaboration is the first 
chapter on the "humanistic roots" of computer science, written by T. 
Numerico, but discussed among us at length. Teresa, who has been working 
for years on this topic, describes an epistemological turn: from the 
computer as "computing machine" to idea of "interface" and communicative 
tool, explaining how this idea derived from people and scholars who had a 
humanistic approach to knowledge. 

Interesting to the DH community would be also the Appendix: "The 
international scenario of digital humanities", a concise summary of geo-
political trends, research scenarios and projects in our field. The 
prospect provided here is deliberately international, but also attentive 
to the specific cultural needs of each national DH community.  

Finally, registered readers can access the publisher's online environment 
AulaWeb (http://www.mulino.it/aulaweb/), where they can find more 
material, i.e. unpublished chapters, tests, slides, and tutorials. 

So, you'll say, another Italian HC/DH book that nobody outside Italy will 
ever read?

Maybe. Or may be you can help us to translate bit & pieces, summarise, 
and abridge paragraphs and chapters, and post them in your blog and web 
sites. We can send you the italian text and help you to translate anything 
you're interested in. Especially the introduction "Storia dell'interazione 
tra tecnologia e sapere umanistico" is something quite new in our field: 
we don't remember many publications, except perhaps Willard 's "Humanities 
Computing", reflecting on how important has been our theoretical and 
practical contribution to the birth of Informatics and Computer Science. 
If you need more info, or want a review copy of the volume, please contact 
the publisher at universita at mulino.it, or feel free to write us:

Teresa Numerico (t.numerico at mclink.it)
Domenico Fiormonte (fiormont at uniroma3.it)
Francesca Tomasi (francesca.tomasi at unibo.it)


Domenico Fiormonte
Ricercatore in Linguistica 
Universita' Roma Tre

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