What is Digital Humanities?

As an article of "The Chronicle of Higher Education" states, Digital Humanities is "the next big thing" in higher education all over the world [1]. It is a movement of research and teaching that uses digital technologies to serve as research tools, facilitate community building and information sharing, and help yield new findings. Although the name of this movement has the term "Humanities" in it, it is indeed interdisciplinary. Academic departments such as arts, communication, computer science, education, and social sciences are often potential allies as well, because of their interest in new media, coding and web design, and research and instructional technology.

Elsewhere in the world, Digital Humanities has become a very popular area. Quite a few universities are setting up Digital Humanities centers, embedding Digital Humanities into library services, integrating digital humanities into the curriculum, and developing new research areas, etc. A good number of publications [2,3] and conferences are also discussing this important trend. Many of these initiatives in the US and UK are carried out by university libraries, in collaboration with faculties and scholars.

The HKBU Library shares the enthusiasm for digital humanities. We dedicate to supporting the ideas / initiatives generated by HKBU faculty members to accomplish research or teaching goals via digital technologies.


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[1] Parry, M. (2014, January). How the humanities compute in the classroom. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from 
[2] Waters, D.J. (2013). An overview of the digital humanities. Research Library Issues, 284. Retrieved from
[3] Adams, J.L. and Gunn, K.B. (2013). Keeping up with... digital humanities. Association of College and Research Libraries Retrieved from 


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