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The importance of the humanities is not a question of personal values, of tradition; it is a matter of producing knowledge of another kind, in order to understand the world in a different way.

In Digital_Humanities (2012), the authors underline the continuity between digital humanities and its classical counterpart; only, the mutations happening in the contemporary world offer an opportunity to make the field evolve.

No matter how imperiled by vocationalism, cost-cutting administrators, or the self-inflicted wounds of internecine battles, the humanities must survive because they embody distinctive modes of producing knowledge and distinctive models of knowledge itself.

Digital_Humanities, p. 7

Producing new modes of knowledge in the computational era: such is the ambition of the digital humanities.