ESFRI_eu: Interview with José van Dijck
At the Third eScience Symposium, recently held at the ArenA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, we had the opportunity to talk with José van Dijck, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). José van Dijck is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She is very interested in digital humanities as a new branch of the humanities that has become interested in digital sources. Her team is working with digital text but also with digital images and sounds. They work with structured data and they are interested in how the digital data becomes a new material from which they draw new interpretations. All this data is putting a lot of new challenges to the team as researchers.
Last year, they received a large grant of 12 million euro from the Dutch National Science Council to set up an infrastructure for all of the humanities. Now, they can develop instruments toward a better understanding and interpretation of digital files. For example, their historians are now developing the instruments to interpret large numbers of digitized files. They pull the data from textual archives.