I found the two readings from A Companion To Digital Humanities very informative. The first, “The Digital Humanities and Humanities Computing: An Introduction” offered much new information to me. It mentions that technically, the beginning of digital humanities started in 1949 when Father Roberto Busa made an index and got the help from Thomas Watson at IBM. The whole index came out to be 11 million words of medieval latin, that would be a whole lot to do without the help of a computer. This information blew my mind. I had no idea digital humanities dates back that far! Here I thought it started in the past decade and in only the past five years is starting to make its way to the surface and become well known. A quote I liked from this article was, “Digital Humanities concerns itself with the creation of new artifacts which are born digital and require rigorous study and understanding in their own right.” This backs up the other things I’ve been reading about digital humanities that say digital humanities seeks to make arguments and answer questions. It builds tools and resources with questions in mind. Basically, digital humanities is an “umbrella term” because it has no specific definition yet. There’s so many things that go into digital humanities.
The other reading, “A History of Humanities Computing,” talks about archaeologist’s and their role in the digital humanities. Now, when they go to, say, the Middle East and find artwork that dates back to the middle ages, they can put that on the internet and people all over the world can look at it whenever they want. It’s amazing what technology has to offer these days and how far it has came since the first computer. Today as an artist, you can draw something, scan it, and open it up in photoshop to add color and other effects. This could bring out a whole new type of art! History and art are no longer just for museums. Technology and digital humanities open up a world of new possibilities.