In Praise of Small Data

I have been guest blogging on my colleague Bruce Holsinger’s excellent site, Burnable Books, on the topic, Medieval Studies in the Age of Big Data. I took this as an opportunity to explain why, in my opinion, humanists, even (perhaps especially) those of us with digital interests, need to privilege qualitative rather than quantitative analysis – the slow, careful, close, discipline-specific reading practices at the heart of humanist endeavour, including the best digital and interdisciplinary work. Formal codicological description – of bindings, for example – is just the sort of slow and close reading practice I intend to promote here! Here’s the post: In Praise of Small Data.

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