DH Project Evaluation

  1. What is the difference between a “website” and a digital humanities project?  How do research questions change our understanding of a typical website and a DH project/site?

A website can be considered as a collection of data and information, while a DH project focuses on answering a specific research question. A website is also a collection of related webpages, which uses metadata to connect each one together. Digital humanists uses website as a tool or a platform to present their research results in an organized fashion that whoever goes on the website can be easily navigated.

The research question changes our understanding of a website by providing a purpose and a question to answer when we go over the information providing on the website. The DH project is presented in a way that we can find the detailed answer and justification of the research question.

  1. What is the research question in the site below?

The Women Writers Project (http://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/)

The Women Writers Project devotes to collect and digitize texts by pre-Victorian women writers. It is a long term project that serves as an archive for scholars who are researching on women’s writing and text encoding. The project explores the role of electronic texts in teaching. The project also builds collections of primary source materials.

  1. List of Criteria of Analyzing DH projects
  • Accessibility: The navigation of the project is clear. The works are sorted by genre, date, and author. The search pane and filters provide users with both basic search and a more advanced set of search options. It is easy to get access to information the user needs.
  • Interactivity: This project is lack of interactivity. It uses XML to encode text in a clear way, but that does not allow the users to have interactions with the database.
  • Manipulatability: The project is also lack of manipulatablity because users only have the access to read the texts that are being provided.
  • Credibility: The contributors of this project tend to preserve the original text, including original spelling and typographical errors of documents they digitize.The project has information about the source’s copyright on the site. Author names, location of the source, and information about publications of the original text documents can be found together with the text if known.


Jill Fu and Chenchen Zhao Feb 13, 2017