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Crash course Digital Tools for the Humanities

During the last decade the humanities have witnessed an explosive growth in using digital tools. While this trend has been beneficial for much humanities research, it also threatens to create a gap between humanities scholars who have and scholars who haven’t acquired the latest digital tools.

To bridge this gap, the Center for Digital Humanities offers a one-week crash course on state-of-the-art digital tools for textual, historical, visual and  other humanities research. This course includes demonstration and explanation of tools, small assignments to get hands-on experience, and also offers ample space for critical discussion on the surplus and shortcoming of digital humanities.


The course is open to a maximum of 25 participants, and lecturers include Rens Bod, Jan Hartmann, Charles van den Heuvel, Jan Hein Hoogstad, Marijn Koolen en Karina van Dalen-Oskam. The course is taught in English and consists of five full afternoons from 13.00 to 17.00. Participants are encouraged to bring (a sample of) their own data set/corpus that they wish to work with. If there is enough interest,  this course will be offered on a yearly basis or more often.

Date and location

Date: 21-25 October 2013, 13.00-17.00
Place: PCH 210 & 211 , Spuistraat 134, 1012 VB Amsterdam

The maximum number of registrations has been reached. The course will probably be repeated in March 2014 and registration details will posted soon.

Provisional programme

  • 21 October: Object to Data
  • 22 October: Digital tools and historical databases
  • 23 October: Exploiting the tools: selecting and parsing data
  • 24 October: Textual data, Regular Expressions
  • 25 October: Data Visualisation, Using tools for your own dataset, Discussion and reflection on Digital Tools in the Humanities