Modelling Humanities Data



The following is a list of resources/readings for this module. This list will be expanded as the semester progresses.

  • A very useful site for tutorials on some of the languages that we will be talking about is:
  • Booch, G., Rumbaugh, J. and Jacobson, I. (1999) The Unified Modeling Langauge User Guide. Boston: Addison Wesley.
    • Chapter 1: Why We Model
  • Bennett, S., Skelton, J. and Lunn, K. (2001) Schaum’s Outlines UML Second Edition. UK: McGraw-Hill
    • Chapter 3: Use Cases
    • Chapter 4: Class Diagram: Aggregation, Compositions and Generalization
  • Keating, John G. and Clancy, Denis and O’Connor, Thomas and Lyons, Marian (2004) Problems with databases and the XML solution. Archivium Hibernicum, 57. pp. 268-275. (
  • Bradley, J 2005 Documents and Data: modelling materials for Humanities research in XML and relational databases, Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College London, accessed 22 September 2014,
  • Liu, Y., and Smith, J 2008, A Relational Model for Text Encoding, University of Toronto, accessed 22 September 2014,
  • Schmidt, D 2010, ‘The inadequacy of embedded markup for cultural heritage texts’. Lit Linguist Computing, Issue (2010) 25 (3), accessed 22 September 2014,
  • Gold, M.K (ed.) 2012, Debates in the Digital Humanities, e-book, accessed 22 September 2014,
    • The Digital Humanities and Its Users – Charlie Edwards
    • Can Information Be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon – Amy. E. Earhart
    • Text: A Massively Addressable Object – Michael Witmore
  • Burdick, A., Drucker, J., Lunenfeld, P., Presner, T., and Schnapp, J 2012, Digital_Humanities, The MIT Press, accessed 22 September 2014,
  • A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

    • Chapter 15: Databases – Stephen Ramsey
    • Chapter 19: Modeling: A Study in Words and Meanings – Willard McCarty
    • Chapter 31: Designing Sustainable Projects and Publications – Daniel V. Pitti
    • Chapter 32: Conversion of Primary Sources – Marilyn Deegan and Simon Tanner
  • McDonough, J 2009 ‘XML, Interoperability and the Social Construction of Markup Language: The Library Example’ Digital Humanities Quarterly, Issue 2009 3.3, accessed 22 September 2014,
  • “User Requirements Analysis” – Martin Maguire and Nigel Bevan (on Moodle)
  • “Requirements Engineering: A Roadmap” – Bashar Nuseibeh and Steve Easterbrook (on Moodle)
  • Digitising History; A Guide to Creating Digital Resources from Historical Documents (
    • Chapter 3: “From Source to Database” – Townsend, Chappell and Struijve, 1999