[Humanist] 30.761 persuasive projects

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 21 07:20:20 CET 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 761.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:05:57 +0000
        From: Brian Aitken <Brian.Aitken at glasgow.ac.uk>
        Subject: RE:  30.754 persuasive projects?
        In-Reply-To: <20170217061220.328678A11 at digitalhumanities.org>

I'd like to suggest the Historical Thesaurus of English (http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/), which began in 1965, became a digital project in the 1970s, launched in 2010 and is still an active research project today.  It contains almost 800,000 words from Old English to the present day, arranged into more than 220,000 semantic categories.  You can use the search facilities to pinpoint the range of meanings of a word throughout its history, their synonyms, and their relationship to words of more general or more specific meaning.  In addition to providing hitherto unavailable information for linguists, historians of language, authors, students of English, and textual scholars, it also offers a rich and unparalleled resource for investigating social and cultural history, showing the development of concepts through the words that refer to them.

You can some interesting facts and figures about the Thesaurus (such as what are the largest categories and the most commonly occurring word forms across the history of English) here: http://historicalthesaurus.arts.gla.ac.uk/stats-and-figures/

Best wishes
Brian Aitken MA(Hons) MSc
Digital Humanities Research Officer
School of Critical Studies
University of Glasgow

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 754.
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        Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:10:25 +0100
        From: Sinai Rusinek <sinai.rusinek at mail.huji.ac.il>
        Subject: Searching for DH knockouts

Dear colleagues,

Suppose that you were stuck in an elevator with a humanities colleague of
the DH-resistent type, and a senior decision maker in the funding body of
academy in your country, and you were asked to give three examples for a DH
research, and/or a project that was groundbreaking (asks the decision
maker), preferably recent, not shallow (grunts the humanist colleague),
understandable (by both) that actually involved humanists and preferably
mainly humanist work,  which were your choices?

This is such an annoying question to ask and be asked. I would probably
answer that no research or project that is deep and truly groundbreaking,
whether in DH or outside it, could be summed and explained in an elevator
talk, but I am sure like me you keep being asked these questions and are in
need of such examples.

My favorite choices became slightly outdated, and are still a bit too
complicated to explain so I would really appreciate your ideas, and if this
has been discussed and answered, here or elsewhere, in the last 3-4 years,
I apologize and would be grateful if you could point me there.

BTW, many thanks for being out there, Willard and all,


Sinai Rusinek
JPRESS  http://web.nli.org.il/sites/JPress/English/Pages/default.aspx 
Digital Humanities Israel  http://www.thedigin.org/en/# 

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