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Discovering theory in the Digital Humanities using CGTM

Andrews, L., Higgins, A., Andrews, M., & Lalor, J. (n.d.). Classic grounded theory to analyse secondary data: Reality and reflections |. Grounded Theory Review. Retrieved from

Grounded Theory

What is Grounded theory?

A systematic methodology in the social sciences involving the discovery of theory through the analysis of data

How is it done?

Glen Gatin

Issues for Grounded Theory Dissertations

What is digital humanities?

Good Question

formerly humanities computing


two main streams

Other research methods

Action research

Mass observation

Member validation

metadata analysis

secondary analysis of data

Why is GTM Suited to DH

Highly emergent field

Existing theories inadequate or non-existent

Answers the why questions

Theoretical foothold for action required.

high impact dependent variables

Secondary analysis of data


An increasingly digital world requires sophisticated approaches to help people understand and cope with profound change. Humanities provide the environment where this process occurs. Traditional approaches to humanities research drew upon theoretical research. A theory is testable sets of related concepts that explain predict patterns of behavior. A robust theory must withstand the introduction of new data and must be applicable in new contexts. Many of the theories that once worked in the humanities have lost their explanatory and predictive power in a rapidly emerging digital context. Classic grounded theory method was designed to discover theories in emerging areas.