Software Studies Initiative, a collaborative project run by CUNY Graduate Center and California Institute for Telecommunications and Information, have just published an innovative multi-authored book with MIT Press, entitled Digital_Humanities and written by Peter Lunenfeld, Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Todd Presner and Jeffrey Schnapp.
You can download the pdf of the book for free.
Quotes from the book:
“Digital_Humanities is not a standard-format academic work. It is not a collection of individually authored scholarly papers or research reports on the history of, or critical engagement with, the Digital Humanities. Neither is it a textbook from which to teach the discipline’s foundations nor a manual of technical specifications, much less a discussion of every facet of the field, its protagonists, successes and failures, and defining moments. In lieu of a bibliography, it includes a “reference network” and list of works cited.”
From the book description on The MIT Press web site:
Digital_Humanities is a compact, game-changing report on the state of contemporary knowledge production. Answering the question, “What is digital humanities?,” it provides an in-depth examination of an emerging field. This collaboratively authored and visually compelling volume explores methodologies and techniques unfamiliar to traditional modes of humanistic inquiry–including geospatial analysis, data mining, corpus linguistics, visualization, and simulation–to show their relevance for contemporary culture. Included are chapters on the basics, on emerging methods and genres, and on the social life of the digital humanities, along with “case studies,” “provocations,” and “advisories.”