Qualitative Digital Humanities
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Course title in Estonian
Kvalitatiivne digihumanitaaria
Course title in English
Qualitative Digital Humanities
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
Create conditions for developing knowledge about qualitative analysis methods of digital humanities, to learn to understand their advantages and opportunities.
Provide opportunities for developing practical skills in digital research techniques.
Brief description of the course
Visualising research results, presentation of the most widespread two dimensional charts. Comparing of data with the help of tables and drawings. Dangers of comparison. Examples of situations where using the same data for comparison, different methods can create significantly different even contradictory results. Comparing the results by triangulation.
Combining drawing types, telling a story by the use of drawings, schemata and related commentaries. Compiling a drawing series or animation for showing the alterations of relations when time or some other parameter is changing.
Using geographical data. Compliment digital contour maps with place specific data. Making maps comprehensible for different zooming levels.
Technical opportunities of various map applications. Installing, configuring, removing and adding items to existing applications.
Presenting information using three-dimensional drawings, videos and navigable animations. Making two-dimensional excerpts from three-dimensional systems. Entering data into existing solutions. Installation, adjusting, supplementing ready-made systems. Environments for visualising data.
Creating models based on available data. Conscious application of simplifications and taking them into consideration when interpreting the results. Creating and checking models step-by-step while raising the level of complexity and amount of detail.
Examples of the use of a qualitative approach in history: same event producing considerably different viewpoints, and their justifications.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- knows the most common qualitative research methods used for digital humanities;
- is able to use these methods to describe and analyse the phenomenon under examination from different angles;
- knows how to draw attention to hidden connections by the use of qualitative methods and to verify the existence and strength of these connections by the use of triangulation.
Jaagup Kippar