Draft: Taxonomy of DH Research Activities and Objects

This taxonomy is a draft of activities and objects performed and used in DH projects.  To quote:

“The taxonomy is intended to be supplemented by two separate open lists: techniques, which provide more specific information about how a method is being applied, and objects, which indicate the scholarly object(s) a given method or technique is being applied to. These are open lists separate from goals and methods, and a technique can be associated with more than one method.

The taxonomy does not aim to cover all methods and procedures being used in the Digital Humanities, focusing instead on a subset of relatively broad categories that are widely used and broadly understandable. The taxonomy is intended for use by a broad range of projects, and we continue to seek input from the community to ensure that the taxonomy can meet other needs.

The categories bring together a number of influences: the concept of “scholarly primitives” (Unsworth 2000), the idea of a multi-stage scholarly workflow or research lifecycle (e.g. JISC 2013), DARIAH research into modeling the research process (e.g. Benardou et al. 2010, Reiche et al. 2014) and more generally work on digital scholarly methods in the humanities (Siemens et al. 2004, Borgman 2010, Gasteiner et al 2012). Also, we have been building on the existing Methods Taxonomy of arts-humanities.net (see Anderson et al. 2010) and the existing list of Bamboo DiRT categories. Finally, we have been guided by the principle of separating research activities from research objects, and various experiences with managing earlier taxonomies.”

The international project is coordinated by the following individuals:

The usefulness of this project is the cataloging of various objects, methods and technologies utilized in DH.  While not meant to be exhaustive, a perusal of the list while designing a project proposal could point out the possibilities of how particular humanities research questions, problems, etc. can be answered.  The writers use the following example:

“…adding geospatial information to a text is an example of the method “annotating”, the object “geospatial coordinates” and “text”, and the technique “georeferencing””

An interesting project would be to use a Gephi network program to visualize the interconnectedness of the categories.