Big Data in the Arts and Humanities: Theory and Practice

Giovanni Schiuma, Daniela Carlucci

May 8, 2018 by Auerbach Publications
Reference - 214 Pages - 25 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498765855 - CAT# K29113
Series: Data Analytics Applications

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Features

  • Sheds light on the distinctive and creative contributions that the arts and humanities can make to the development of approaches to the effective use of ‘big data'
  • Examines how big data is changing the way creative and cultural fields engage with data to generate significant benefits and value
  • Exploits big data through interdisciplinary arts and humanities collaboration

Summary

As digital technologies occupy a more central role in working and everyday human life, individual and social realities are increasingly constructed and communicated through digital objects, which are progressively replacing and representing physical objects. They are even shaping new forms of virtual reality. This growing digital transformation coupled with technological evolution and the development of computer computation is shaping a cyber society whose working mechanisms are grounded upon the production, deployment, and exploitation of big data. In the arts and humanities, however, the notion of big data is still in its embryonic stage, and only in the last few years, have arts and cultural organizations and institutions, artists, and humanists started to investigate, explore, and experiment with the deployment and exploitation of big data as well as understand the possible forms of collaborations based on it.

Big Data in the Arts and Humanities: Theory and Practice explores the meaning, properties, and applications of big data. This book examines therelevance of big data to the arts and humanities, digital humanities, and management of big data with and for the arts and humanities. It explores the reasons and opportunities for the arts and humanities to embrace the big data revolution. The book also delineates managerial implications to successfully shape a mutually beneficial partnership between the arts and humanities and the big data- and computational digital-based sciences.

Big data and arts and humanities can be likened to the rational and emotional aspects of the human mind. This book attempts to integrate these two aspects of human thought to advance decision-making and to enhance the expression of the best of human life.