Tim Hitchcock on ‘Big Data, Small Data and Meaning’

“I end up is feeling that in the rush to new tools and ‘Big Data’ Humanist scholars are forgetting what they spent much of the second half of the twentieth century discovering – that language and art, cultural construction, human experience, and representation are hugely complex – but can be made to yield remarkable insight through close analysis. In other words, while the Humanities and ‘Big Data’ absolutely need to have a conversation; the subject of that conversation needs to change, and to encompass close reading and small data. ”

http://historyonics.blogspot.ie/2014/11/big-data-small-data-and-meaning_9.html