Interface as Mediating Actor for Collection Access, Text Analysis, and Experimentation

Stan Ruecker

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If we consider interface design for the digital humanities, we have interfaces of three types. They are for collection access, text analysis, and experimentation. Adopting the lens of actor-network theory, we have in each case a set of actors, of which the interface is one. It plays a unique role in that it is a mediating actor - it exists primarily to provide a means of enhancing the communication between people, the technology, the abstract concept being experimentally investigated, or any combination of the three.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA New Companion to Digital Humanities
EditorsSusan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781118680605
ISBN (Print)9781118680599
StatePublished - Nov 30 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Actor-network theory
  • Boundary object
  • Digital humanities
  • HCI
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Interface design
  • Mediating object

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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