H Giffard

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Trust in Numbers

I guess every field has to work out how to deal with the uncertainties that it (or its system of knowledge production) faces. Lisa Jardine is absolutely correct that historians are too accepting of the completeness of their archives. You can never absolutely know if an archive is complete, randomly sampled, or biased. But this […]

A problem with digital history

That digital history is subject to the same problems as both digital things and history starts it necessarily at a disadvantage. It has to present very good arguments for being more useful than existing historical methods, for example, so that the disadvantages brought to history by its digital nature are outweighed by the advantages. In […]

Response to workshop comments

Our workshop was great, and thank you everyone for your comments on my paper. I was asked a few good questions, which with some time to consider I’d like to answer now. Black Boxes What is the black box here? Perhaps an unfortunate use of term because in each field it brings different baggage with […]

On Patterns

The digital humanities is fundamentally concerned with the question of how we can take what computers and discern and translate this into meaning. The main argument for using computers in this sort of research is that computers are good with lots of data and finding patterns in it. If the humanities fundamental involves, as some […]