Lab 4

From the several models of data that we reviewed, I really found an interest in text analysis, network visualization, and digital archives. Briefly, I have an interest in text analysis because I think the idea of mapping common phrases/ words would be a really interesting, yet also insightful endeavor. I liked the network visualization because I simply thought it looked really interesting, but then as it was explained to me how it worked, it just made it even more worth while to look into. Finally, the digital archive was my least favorite of the three, but I still found it interesting to archive all of a person’s work, so it is a viable option.

I am really interested in working within the field of philosophy or theology. This is where my entire interest in higher education lies, so I have a decent amount of background knowledge. I am not sure what angle I would like to take; however, I would think it would involve using a person who has a large amount of work, like Thomas Aquinas, or maybe using the Bible itself and archiving/ visualizing it somehow. I also cannot leave the possibility of doing something with data in relation to the Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant denominations.

I would probably have to do some digging in regards to large pieces of philosophical or theological works. Also, I am not a super creative person when it comes to things like this, so I will have to do some brain storming and perhaps inquire help to narrow down exactly what I want to do. For example, if I landed on doing something within the Bible, then it would probably be analyzing text or creating an archive of stories, words, characters, etc.

2 thoughts on “Lab 4

  1. After reading your post, I felt very similar to you. I don’t consider myself very creative either and have typically leaned more toward scientific research methods, which are generally very clearly defined and unambiguous. Digital humanities is definitely more ambiguous and subjective when it comes to research, so I feel challenged by the creation of this essay. I also immediately thought of the Bible when thinking of a text analysis essay because it is a very familiar book for me and has many different themes to explore. Good luck with your brainstorming. I look forward to seeing what you decide as your topic.

  2. I like your idea of mapping common phrases or words. I am also considering mapping religion. This would tell you a lot about how people talk in different areas of the country.

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