Do you want to know how text, spatial or image data is digitized, processed and visualized? Are you interested in trends in digital research?

The ARTS 020 all-university course

Digital Humanities

This propaedeutic all-university online course consists of twelve lectures by experts, who will present a diverse range of approaches, methods and specific tools and will bring you closer to various areas of the digital humanities. The course will guide you through the entire process of working with data in the humanities from its acquisition by digitization or directly from digital sources, through cleaning, processing and analysis of various types of data, to its presentation in the form of visualization or publishing and final archiving.

You will learn, inter alia, how the digitization of old prints and books takes place in practice, how neural networks help computers “see” image materials, how hundreds of books can be read thanks to a computer, why network analysis is interesting for epidemiologists, historians and social scientists, or how to fight diseases or crime using data visualizations. In the course, you will learn how to use simple tools for text, spatial data and map analysis or network analysis, all without any necessary prior knowledge of these tools.

The course is conducted in the form of online lectures, where you can learn how research projects in the field of digital humanities are created from experts who use these methods in practice. You will also be able to use mini-assignments to try your hand at several simple tools for text analysis, map creation or data visualization. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the basic tools and approaches of the digital humanities in order to create knowledge and skills that they can use and deepen in subsequent courses.

Because it is an introductory course, you can do it without any special computer skills or knowledge of coding.

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Course outline

  • Digital revolution in the humanities
  • Digitization and digital data sources
  • Digital data, acquisition and cleaning
  • Metadata
  • Text data and its processing
  • Image data and its processing
  • Spatial data and its processing
  • Audio data and its processing
  • Network analysis
  • Data visualization
  • Publishing data
  • Archiving and storing data

Courses at MUNI ARTS

Are you studying humanities and are you tempted to work with digital tools that you could use in your disciplines? Then take a look at other courses offered at the Faculty of Arts, MUNI. After completing them, you will be able to collect, analyse and visualize data and process digital information. Besides learning to work with various data processing analysis tools, you will be able to view research topics in the humanities in a completely new way.

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