[Humanist] 24.439 researcher = programmer?

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Thu Oct 28 07:43:55 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 439.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 12:15:21 +0200
        From: Øyvind Eide <oyvind.eide at iln.uio.no>
        Subject: Do you need to be a programmer to be a researcher?

Dear all,

On several occasions the question whether a researcher in the  
humanities, e.g., a historian, needs to be a programmer has been  
discussed. Does anyone know or have any idea when this first came up?  
I have a secondary reference to 1969 ("in 1969, the French historian  
Le Roy Ladurie said that the future historian had to be a programmer")  
but my source to this (Thorvaldsen, G.: Databehandling for  
historikere. Oslo, 1999) do not include the reference in its  

So I have two questions:

* Can anyone confirm that Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie wrote this, and give  
a full citation?

* Do anyone know of any earlier discussions?

Kind regards,

Øyvind Eide
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Unit for Digital Documentation, University of Oslo

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