Information Studies


INSTG008: Digital Resources in the Humanities


The following is the schedule for the last academic session and will be subject to change as some sessions are reliant on external guest speakers. It is added here to give you an idea of what to expect.

  • Session 1: What is Digital Humanities?
  • Session 2: Digitisation of Text and Image
  • Session 3: Geographical Information Systems & Crowd Sourcing
  • Session 4: Hypertext and markup in the Humanities
  • Session 5: Text analysis

Reading Week

  • Session 6: TEI: Text Encoding Initiative
  • Session 7: Digital versus Analog? Excursion to the Petrie Museum
  • Session 8: Dictionaries and other Electronic Publishing
  • Session 9: 3D Imaging and replication in Cultural Heritage 
  • Session 10: Collaboration, Interdisciplinarity and collaborative working

 Set texts:

  • A Companion to Digital Humanities. Schreibman, S., Siemens, R., Unsworth, J. (Eds). Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture. Paperback Edition, 2007. Available freely online at http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companion/
  • Claire Warwick, Melissa Terras and Julianne Nyhan, (Eds). Digital Humanities in Practice, Facet 2012 

Aims and Learning Outcomes

This course introduces students to a range of issues involved in the design, creation, management and use of electronic resources in the humanities. Topics include humanities resources on the Web, creating electronic resources, digital imaging, metadata systems, encoding and markup systems, electronic dictionaries, text analysis, user needs, scholarly electronic publishing in the humanities.

The overall aims are to:

  • familiarize students with the computing technologies and applications that are used in humanities research and teaching;
  • to provide a basis for making informed choices in the design, management and use of digital resources in the humanities;
  • to promote understanding of the areas where access, manipulation and analysis of digital resources can benefit research and teaching in the humanities.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the module, students will be able to

  • identify and evaluate Web-based and other sources in electronic form for humanities research and teaching;
  • create electronic resources as transcriptions and digital images, and understand the benefits and implications of these methodologies;
  • assess the advantages and disadvantages of different delivery and publishing methods for electronic resources;
  • understand how computers can be used for a range of research and teaching applications in the humanities;
  • understand the principles and uses of text manipulation programs;
  • evaluate electronic scholarly publications in hypertextual form.

Each teaching session consists of a lecture plus another session, which may be a practical, guest lecture, or visit to a resource. You will be expected to read widely, spend a lot of time looking at digital resources, and visit various institutions in central London on your own time.


There are no prerequisites for this course. All you need is to be interested, and willing to learn. 

Workload and Allocation of Time for Private Study

This course is designed and taught on the assumption that participants will be able to allocate approximately 3 hours of private study to it per week during the weeks in which is it taught (in addition to the 3 hours per week of scheduled lectures and lab sessions), plus 20 - 30 extra hours for completion of the assessment after the taught sessions have finished.


Assessment for this module is by essay only.