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Cultures of Formalisation: Towards an Encounter between Humanities and Computing

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The past three decades have seen several waves of interest in developing crossovers between academic research and computing; molecular biology is often cited as the prime exemplar of ‘what computation can do for a field’. The humanities and social sciences have also been the terrain of such interactions,at times through bottom-up collaborations, and at times through concerted policy-driven efforts (Wouters and Beaulieu 2006). The main developments vary across national contexts and disciplines. In our local context (in the Netherlands), we can roughly identify the following waves: the ‘history and computing’ and ‘literature and computing’ efforts of the 1970s and 1980s;the collaboratory and infrastructure discussions of the last decade; the current efforts at developing computational humanities, and recent emphasis on virtual research environments (VREs) of which Alfalab1 can be regarded as an example.

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© 2012 Joris van Zundert, Smiljana Antonijevic, Anne Beaulieu, Karina van Dalen-Oskam, Douwe Zeldenrust, and Tara L. Andrews

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van Zundert, J., Antonijevic, S., Beaulieu, A., van Dalen-Oskam, K., Zeldenrust, D., Andrews, T.L. (2012). Cultures of Formalisation: Towards an Encounter between Humanities and Computing. In: Berry, D.M. (eds) Understanding Digital Humanities. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230371934_15

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