Which main problems is advanced computing in the humanities facing?
Institut fuer deutsche Philologie Lehrstuhl fuer deutsche Sprachwissenschaft
Managing many data, e. g. natural language corpora.
Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language:
A main problem I believe which still stands on the path of the integration
of computing into the humanities is the attitude towards technology taken
by many in the humanities. Though I have seen a more positie attitude taken
over time, there are still those who would bar any technological innovation,
and worse still those who favour innovation, but lack the understanding
of technology which allows them to deploy resources effectively. Taking
these two aspects of the same problem in tandem, we can see academics who
refuse all change, and those who encourage them by introducing half baked
schemes which soon flounder.
Department of Computer and Information Science, Natural Language
Processing Laboratory :
Well, you can list many things here, including lack of funds in humanities
departments and a communication problem between those who want to "sell"
technology and those who fear it. Computing technology must be seen less
as a matter of technology push and more as a means to develop the methods
of research and training within the different humanistic disciplines.
The Robert Gordon University
CRiAD- Centre for Research in Art and Design Gray's School of Art:
There are the obvious problems of hardware: the setting up of efficient
networking facilities, upgrading and financing thereof, as well as cross
platform communication. There are also implications for literacy. At present
there is a gap between computer experts and practitioners who are not computer
literate. The skills required both to use and develop language and publication
within the computer environment often exist within separate individuals.
Although software currently available goes some way towards smoothing the
path of the non computer literate, at an advanced level individuals inevitably
make demands that cannot be fulfilled by 'off the shelf' packages. There
is an increasing need to form collaborative teams in which ideas can be
brainstormed, and developed within a trusting and professional context.
These teams are by definition cross disciplinary. Alongside this development
runs that of appropriate language within which to communicate emergent
concepts, free from the assumptions which underpin the Art/Science and