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Digital Historical Research on Southeast Europe and the Ottoman Space

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Edited By Dino Mujadzevic

As digital humanities in recent years have been taking roots in major international research centers, this edited volume consisting of ten papers including the introduction seeks to examine the current state of the digital/data-driven research in history and neighboring disciplines dealing with Southeast Europe as well as with the Ottoman Empire and to give an interdisciplinary impetus by bringing together international scholars working with various digital approaches. The included papers give a broad introduction into the field and follow various methods of digital analysis and visualization incorporating approaches like corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis,GIS (Geographic Information Systems), agent-based modelling, computationalstatistics etc.

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Dino Mujadžević

Rapidly emerging fields in the digital humanities, including prominently digital history, have profited significantly from new computing tools developed in recent decades in the context of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) boom. Among the most interesting recent developments in computational data analysis and visualization in these fields are the following: the emergence of large, readily available “cultural data sets” (i.e., huge corpora of digitalized texts in media archives), innovative text-mining analysis software (e.g., topic modeling and keyword- and relation-extraction tools), and breakthroughs in computer graphics (e.g., interactive 3-D dynamic imagery and visualizations of complex systems and spatial data). The application of these methods in historical research is usually called digital – sometimes even data-driven – history or historical research. When they are applicable, digital historical research methods provide much more extensive empirical backing than more traditional methods, sometimes supporting inductive conclusions, and many intuitive ways of presenting results. Consequently, digital history and related fields have begun to take root in major international research.

Digital historical research emerged as an important part of the digital humanities movement which was known in the 20th century usually under the umbrella term humanities computing. This movement adopted the name under which it is currently known, digital humanities, in the early 2000s. A widely influential book, A Companion to Digital Humanities, appeared in 2004 influencing the adoption of digital humanities as a new umbrella term. During the early phase between the 1960s to the 1990s, various disciplines as diverse...

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