Contributing Author in the book “Digital Humanities, Corpus & Language Technology” (University of Groningen Press)

john roberto book humanities 2023

A look from diverse case studies is an outstanding collection of research contributions that explores the intersection of technology and the humanities. The authors provide a  comprehensive overview of how these technologies can enhance research across various disciplines, from literature to history to anthropology. This book is a mustread for anyone interested in future research in the humanities. Digital Humanities, Corpus, and Language Technologies are rapidly growing fields that have the potential to revolutionize research across various disciplines. New technologies have opened up new perspectives for research, allowing scientists to analyze data in previously impossible ways. The interdisciplinary approach and practical applications make it an invaluable resource for researchers, students, and anyone interested in the intersection of technology and the humanities.

Chapter I

Understanding Outsider Art in the context of Digital Humanities

John Roberto & Brian Davis Dublin City University – Ireland

Abstract: This chapter introduces the Outsider Art Project. “Outsiders” are highly innovative artists who have been aesthetically and socially marginalized because of their status as psychiatric patients, homeless, recluses, people with disabilities, mi-grants and ethnic minorities. Because of the need to characterize outsider art on a formal basis, this project is aimed at the automatic discovery of the semantic bound-aries of outsider art in the context of digital humanities. From the methodological point of view, the Outsider Art Project is organized around three tasks: collecting a corpus of outsider art, generating a large dataset of digital images about outsider art and building the first ontology of outsider art.