One Origin of Digital Humanities

Fr Roberto Busa in His Own Words

Editors: Nyhan, Julianne, Passarotti, Marco (Eds.)

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  • Makes available in English key selected works of Fr Roberto Busa S.J., pioneer of Digital Humanities and Computational Linguistics
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  • Contains new material that evaluates Busa's intellectual contributions and legacy 
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  • Includes a full bibliography of Busa's work from 1949 to 2009
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This book gathers, and makes available in English, with new introductions, previously out of print or otherwise difficult to access articles by Fr Roberto Busa S.J. (1913 - 2011). Also included is a comprehensive bibliography of Busa, an oral history interview with Busa's translator, and a substantial new chapter that evaluates Busa's contributions and intellectual legacies. The result is a groundbreaking book that is of interest to digital humanists and computational linguists as well as historians of science, technology and the humanities.

As the application of computing to cultural heritage becomes ever more ubiquitous, new possibilities for transmitting, shaping, understanding, questioning and even imagining the human record are opening up. Busa is considered by many to be among the pioneers in this field, and his research on projects like the Index Thomisticus is one of the earliest known examples of a humanities project that incorporated automation; it continues to be widely cited and used today. Busa published more than 350 academic articles and shorter pieces in numerous languages, but despite the unquestionable importance of his early work for understanding the history and development of fields like humanities computing and computational linguistics, a large part of his canon and thinking remained inaccessible or difficult to access until this book.

About the authors

Julianne Nyhan is Associate Professor of Digital Information Studies at UCL (University College London), where she leads the Digital Humanities MA/MSc programme. She is also Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. Nyhan has published widely on the history of Digital Humanities, most recently (with Andrew Flinn) Computation and the Humanities: towards an Oral History of Digital Humanities (Springer 2016). She is a co-Investigator of a Leverhulme-funded collaboration with the British Museum on the manuscript catalogues of Sir Hans Sloane; a UK Principal Investigator of a digging into data challenge ‘Oceanic Exchanges: tracing global information networks in historical newspapers’; and a co-Investigator of a Marie Curie action ‘Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe’.

Marco Passarotti is Associate Professor of Computational Linguistics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan, Italy), where he is Director of the CIRCSE Research Centre. A former pupil of Fr Roberto Busa S.J., since 2006 he has headed the Index Thomisticus Treebank project, which continues the legacy of Busa’s work on the opera omnia of Thomas Aquinas. He is the Principal Investigator of the LiLa project, an ERC-Consolidator Grant (2018-2023) which aims to build a Linked Data Knowledge Base of linguistic resources and natural language processing tools for Latin. He co-chairs the series of workshops on 'Corpus-based Research in the Humanities' (CRH).

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • A First Example of Word Index Automatically Compiled and Printed by IBM Punched Card Machines

    Pages 19-37

    Roberto Busa, S. J.

  • The Use of Punched Cards in Linguistic Analysis

    Pages 39-57

    Roberto Busa, S. J.

  • The Main Problems of the Automation of Written Language

    Pages 59-68

    Roberto Busa, S. J.

  • The Work of the “Centro per l’Automazione dell’Analisi Letteraria” in Gallarate, Italy

    Pages 69-73

    Roberto Busa, S. J.

  • Linguistic Analysis in the Global Evolution of Information

    Pages 75-85

    Roberto Busa, S. J.

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-18311-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
One Origin of Digital Humanities
Book Subtitle
Fr Roberto Busa in His Own Words
Editors
  • Julianne Nyhan
  • Marco Passarotti
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18313-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18313-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18311-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLIII, 212
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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