The data sprint approach: exploring the field of digital humanities through Amazon’s Application Programming Interface (API)

Berry, David M, Borra, Erik, Helmond, Anne, Plantin, Jean Christophe and Walker Rettberg, Jill (2015) The data sprint approach: exploring the field of digital humanities through Amazon’s Application Programming Interface (API). Digital Humanities Quarterly, 9 (4). ISSN 1938-4122

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Abstract

This paper documents the results of an intensive "data sprint" method for undertaking data and algorithmic work using Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). We develop a method to map the fields of Digital Humanities and Electronic Literature based on title recommendations from the largest online bookseller, Amazon, by retrieving similar purchased items from the Amazon API. A first step shows the overall Amazon recommendation network for Digital Humanities and allows us to detect clusters, aligned fields and bridging books. In a second step we looked into four country-specific Amazon stores (Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr and Amazon.de) to investigate the specificities of the Digital Humanities in these four countries. The third step is a network of all books suggested for the Electronic Literature field in the four Amazon stores we searched, which offers a comparison to the field of Digital Humanities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Digital Humanities
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: A General Works
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4080 Digital libraries
Depositing User: David Berry
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2016 12:17
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 13:24
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59478
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