Week 2: Origins and Evolution of Digital History

Tuesday, January 26

The History of #DH

In this unit, we will explore:

  • the origins and evolution of historians’ usage of digital technology
  • the specific methods historians tend to use
  • “digital history” as a subfield within the larger practice of digital humanities

Reading

Thursday, January 28

What Are Different Ways of “Doing” Digital History?

In this unit, we will explore:

  • a taxonomy of digital history projects
  • criteria for assessing quality and effectiveness of digital projects

Reading

In-class work: Digital History Reviews (You may visit any of these ahead of time; I will assign you a site to review in class)

Blog Assignments

Use your new blog to publish two pieces:

Digital History project review

Choose one site above that you did not review in class, and write 3-4 paragraphs reviewing the project, applying the guidelines and criteria from the JAH and The Public Historian. 
At a minimum, your review should include:

  • The project’s type and purpose, with a brief description
  • Who created and maintains the project
  • The project’s “category” as classified by the above guidelines
  • At least one paragraph addressing questions raised under the “Content” section of the NCPH & JAH guidelines
  • At least one paragraph addressing questions raised under the “Form” section of the NCPH guidelines
Learning Reflection

Write a short (100-150 words) blog post reflecting on what you’ve learned thus far in our class, and any skills you think you have developed. If you wish, you may also add a discussion of any concerns or anxieties you have about the material so far.

Both blog posts should be posted by Monday, February 1 at 12:00 pm.

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