InsideHigherEd has an interesting article by Lindsay MacKenzie (July 9th) on Digital Humanities for Social Good in the US.
She highlights several examples where scholars in the humanities use digital technologies to produce fast and appealing data on relevant issues. One case concerned the separation of immigrant children from their parents and consisted of a quick mapping of where these children resided. However, the broader message is that there are numerous groups of scholars in the US that follow the same path of using digital technology to make fast and relevant data supported contributions to essential debates. Thus responding to criticisms that Digital Humanities is ‘anti-Humanistic’, ‘poor value for money’, or ‘interpretively inert’.