New technologies in the humanities [video]
Computing and digital technologies like the Internet enhance traditional humanities studies like philosophy, literature, religion and history by providing faster and smarter ways of analyzing and showcasing mountains of historical and cultural data.
Called digital humanities, the emerging field mashes up humanities and tech, creating demand for professionals with tech skills like data analytics, game development and graphic design.
By using tech, digital humanities professionals allow us to step outside the world of print and enter a world of interactive maps, digital timelines and archives containing millions of digital books.
Thanks to the invention of the Internet and the World Wide Web, we are able to access massive collections of gems and minerals at museums like the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History with a simple click of a button through panoramic online tours.
Mobile tech innovation allows us to build mobile games like ‘Get Water! For India’ that raise social awareness about the world’s most precious and scarce natural resource.
Because of advances in data analytics software and video editing technologies, we can create videos like the Europe History Time Lapse Map that takes viewers on a captivating journey from 1000 AD to 2003 in just three-and-a-half minutes.
These are just some of the ways in which tech enhances humanities research. You can be sure that digital humanities jobs will stay in demand for years to come as tech continues to advance forward.
So if you like history but aren’t sure if you’ll find a job after graduation, your worries can stop right here. Universities like Western, Brock, Carleton, University of Alberta and University of Victoria have already launched undergraduate, graduate and even summer programs in digital humanities.
With a strong mix of both theory and practice, these interdisciplinary programs introduce students to key tech skills in digital humanities careers like graphic design, coding, programming and data analysis.
Armed with these rich qualifications, graduates of digital humanities programs work as data analysts, digital librarians or game developers across many industries. From media organizations, libraries and museums to gaming studios, advertising firms, and digital start-ups—the world is their oyster.
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