A decade later, the term is morphing again as some scholars advocate a turn from a primary focus on text encoding, analysis, and searching to multimedia practices that explore the fusion of text-based humanities with film, sound, animation, graphics, and other multimodal practices across real, mixed, and virtual reality platforms. The trajectory can be traced by comparing Unsworth’s 2002 ‘What Is Humanities Computing and What Is Not’, with Schnapp and Presner’s 2009 ‘Manifesto 2.0’. At the top of Unsworth’s value hierarchy are sites featuring powerful search algorithms that offer users the opportunity to reconfigure them to suit their needs. Sites billing themselves as digital humanities but lacking the strong computational infrastructure are, in Unsworth’s phrase, ‘charlatans’. By contrast, the ‘Manifesto’ consigns values such as Unsworth’s to the first wave, asserting that it has been succeeded by a second wave emphasising user experience rather than computational design:

« Dh sites need a strong computational infrastructure »

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