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Humanist Archives: Sept. 25, 2019, 3:24 a.m. Humanist 33.271 - pubs: Fr. Busa on digital humanities

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 271.
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        Date: 2019-09-24 19:13:06+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: Fr Busa on digital humanities

One Origin of Digital Humanities:
Fr Roberto Busa in His Own Words (Springer, 2019)

Editors: Nyhan, Julianne, Passarotti, Marco

This book gathers, and makes available in English, with new
introductions, previously out of print or otherwise difficult to access
articles by Fr Roberto Busa S.J. (1913 - 2011). Also included is a
comprehensive bibliography of Busa, an oral history interview with
Busa's translator, and a substantial new chapter that evaluates Busa's
contributions and intellectual legacies. The result is a groundbreaking
book that is of interest to digital humanists and computational
linguists as well as historians of science, technology and the humanities.
As the application of computing to cultural heritage becomes ever more
ubiquitous, new possibilities for transmitting, shaping, understanding,
questioning and even imagining the human record are opening up. Busa is
considered by many to be among the pioneers in this field, and his
research on projects like the Index Thomisticus is one of the earliest
known examples of a humanities project that incorporated automation; it
continues to be widely cited and used today. Busa published more than
350 academic articles and shorter pieces in numerous languages, but
despite the unquestionable importance of his early work for
understanding the history and development of fields like humanities
computing and computational linguistics, a large part of his canon and
thinking remained inaccessible or difficult to access until this book.

[Thanks to Dr Marinella Testori for alerting me to the publication of
this important collection. --WM]
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org)

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