New technologies in the humanities [video]
Throughout centuries, humanities studies like philosophy, literature, religion and history have helped us understand our world.
Today, the Internet and computing technologies are enhancing the age-old humanities disciplines to provide faster and smarter ways of analyzing and making sense of mountains of historical and cultural data spanning hundreds of years..
Called digital humanities, the new academic field mashes up humanities and tech, creating the need for professionals with tech skills like data analysis, web development or graphic design.
Universities are supporting the new trend by creating new programs in digital humanities that teach students how tech skills can complement humanities knowledge.
So if you’re passionate about humanities but are worried whether you’ll find a job, consider exploring the field of digital humanities that is sure to create in-demand careers for years to come.
Cool Humanities Tech
Digital humanities projects allow people to step outside the world of print and enter a world of interactive maps, digital timelines and archives containing millions of digital books.
For example, the panoramic online tour of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History allows online visitors to explore massive collections of gems, minerals and even Egyptian mummies with a simple click of a button.
Decode Global, a Montreal-based startup raises social awareness about the world’s most precious yet scarce natural resource – water – with its story-driven endless runner mobile game ‘Get Water! For India.’
The Canadian Electronic Library provides a large eBook collection with 80% of titles that have never been available in digital formats before.
The Europe History Time Lapse Map video went viral because it takes viewers on a captivating journey from 1000 AD to 2003 in just under three-and-a-half minutes.
Digital Humanities Careers
From governments, school research centres, libraries and museums to gaming studios, advertising firms, media organizations and digital start-ups — digital humanities experts are enjoying exciting careers in a whole array of industries.
- Data analysts combine their technical skills like data mining with creative genius to cut through mountains of data and find exciting new insights into humanities research.
- Digital librarians are the wizards of online archives that help migrate age-old files and books, making them available online.
- Game developers use their coding skills to present and teach humanities concepts while keeping players engaged in the game.
- Graphic designers work the magic of photo-editing software like Photoshop or InDesign to display data visualization maps or online art exhibits in beautiful ways that will keep viewers glued to their screens.
- Web developers are the programming wizards who create platforms for showcasing online exhibits while also making sure users don’t experience any glitches.
Universities are launching new undergraduate, graduate and even summer programs in digital humanities to train students to take advantage with the emerging trend in digital humanities.
With a strong mix of both theory and practice, these interdisciplinary programs introduce students to key skills in digital humanities careers like graphic design, coding, programming and data analysis.
Check out these programs:
- Minor in Digital Humanities, Western University
- Interactive Arts and Science Program, Brock University
- Collaborative Masters in Digital Humanities, Carleton University
- Humanities Computing, University of Alberta
- Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria