Digital humanities projects are increasingly integral aspects of research in the humanities. Many humanities scholars have tried to assess the meaning of digital humanities developments for historians, literary scholars, and other humanities specialists.
An article by Kathleen Fitzpatrick in the Chronicle of Higher Education offers a useful perspective on digital humanities.
I am fascinated by the potential of digital humanities projects, having worked for three years with the Medici Archive Project on a major interdisciplinary digital humanities database that offers a “search engine” to the archival holdings of the Medici family and its princely state in Tuscany.
Some digital humanities projects merely engage in digitization of images and texts, essentially delivering humanities sources more rapidly to scholars. Other projects offer new information and analysis through relational databases, research tools, and communication techniques.
Much more work is needed to theorize the potential of digital humanities projects to contribute to humanities scholarship.