This was a somewhat difficult read for me- pretty dense stuff! All good information, but it really took a lot of my attention to focus on what was being said. However my appreciation for the Digital Humanities has gone up quite a bit after reading just these two chapters. The time and effort that went in to the initial documentation of so many raw files is incredible. I think we  take  so much of digital archiving for granted, and the time that went into uploading an entire world’s history into safe places and files to be enjoyed by all. We have the resources we do at our fingertips because this initial tedious documentation was done so many years ago. I’d have to agree with the comment on the previous post about how wonderful it is that Digital Humanities is such a huge factor in determining what artifacts, paintings, and other pieces of artwork can be saved and viewed for future generations.

It was also very confirming to hear how much of an impact the Apple products had from the very beginning. The two reasons it mentions for being so successful- it’s graphical user interface (yay for art kids!), and a also program that made it possible to build some primitive hypertexts easily – seemed to really contribute to the process of digitalizing so many archived historical documents in several different alphabets.

Reading the progression of how technology aided the pursuits of Digital Humanities is really surprising for me actually. I don’t know where I expected all of the vast information at our fingertips to come from,(some little archivist gnome who lives in the ambiguous space of ‘the internet’ perhaps?) but what an incredible and laborious task it must have been (and still is to a certain extent) to keep information easily accessible and updated through the years.

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