New York Times: the next big idea in humanities is data

PATRICIA COHEN, Digital Keys for Unlocking the Humanities’ Riches, New York Times, November 17, 2010:

"A history of the humanities in the 20th century could be chronicled in “isms” — formalism, Freudianism, structuralism, postcolonialism — grand intellectual cathedrals from which assorted interpretations of literature, politics and culture spread.

The next big idea in language, history and the arts? Data.

Members of a new generation of digitally savvy humanists argue it is time to stop looking for inspiration in the next political or philosophical “ism” and start exploring how technology is changing our understanding of the liberal arts. This latest frontier is about method, they say, using powerful technologies and vast stores of digitized materials that previous humanities scholars did not have."

I did informal survey on FB to see is the term "digital humanities" is already employed in various countries. The results are quite interesting...