The digital humanities reflect its predecessor’s goal of trying to answer core humanistic questions through the utilization of computing technologies. Though the name has changed from humanities computing, certain themes of the disciple have remained. Willard McCarty, an early digital humanist, argues that digital humanities will always be used as a way to preserve the past, grow on the present, and model the future (McCarty 2005, 1231-1232).
In short, digital humanities is the process of creating projects through collaboration and tools to analyse past, present, and future data in order to answer core humanistic questions.
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