Studying the History of Philosophical Ideas: Supporting Research Discovery, Navigation, and Awareness

H. van den Berg, G Parra, A Jentzsch, A. Drakos, E Duval

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The use of computational tools in the humanities for science 2.0 practices is steadily increasing. This paper examines current research practices of a group of philosophers studying the history of philosophical concepts. We explain the methodology and workflow of these philosophers and provide an overview of tools they currently use in their research. The case study highlights a number of fundamental challenges facing these researchers, including: (i) accessing known relevant research content or resources; (ii) discovering new research content or data; (iii) working collaboratively rather than individually. We propose a mash-up of search, visualization, and awareness tools addressing these challenges and discuss the design of the mash-up, its implementation, and evaluation with the target users. Through our case study, we demonstrate the benefits of a user-centered design approach, as well as the benefits of the concrete mash-up for historians of philosophy, and, importantly, the limitations of these tools for conducting historical and philosophical research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Knowledge Technologies and Data-driven Business
PublisherACM Digital Library
ISBN (Print)9781450327695
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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