Digital humanities is an umbrella term for the application of digital technology to traditional humanities studies such as linguistics, music and archaeology. The field began in the 1950s as scholars imagined ways to use computers as research tools that could analyze large sets of linguistic data. These applications gave them a new way to approach their fields. By quickly scanning a digitized text, a computer could point to trends and patterns that would be lost on a single researcher.
Digital humanities refer to an academic field that is in constant flux. As innovative technologies arise, scholars in the field determine new applications that expand their research capabilities. For many years, the primary applications revolved around digitized texts. Today, advanced AI technology allows scholars to analyze visual arts and music. At the same time, scholars are using new data visualization tools to present information in ways that are accessible to laypeople. Most importantly, the growth of cloud-based technology has allowed researchers to access more resources, larger data sets and greater computing power.