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Digital humanities – from tweets to trends

November 30, 2009

Dan Cohen is an avid follower of developments in the area of digital humanities (he directs the Center for History and New Media at George Mason U, which is well known in this area). Cohen recently created Digital Humanities Now,” a meta-blog that tracks hot topics related to the use of technology in the humanities .

It’s pretty cool; a site called The Twitter Times somehow generates the blog from thousands of tweets found in the Twitter feeds of hundreds of scholars. Cohen calls this “crowdsourcing” – making use of the collective intelligence of a group.

I’m not at all sure how the technoloogy works, but the result is very effective. I plan to keep an eye on the site and I recommend that my fellow humanists give it a look. I have already picked up one good idea for a post!

Read more in “Introducing Digital Humanities Now” at Dan Cohen’s blog.

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