This course aims at introducing graduate students to the use of digital tools in research, analysis, visualization and sharing of historical data, documents, and texts. The goal is to provide a "toolbox" , as far as possible open/free, that may be useful in the students' researches.
Among the topics that will be discussed there are the nature of digital history, the importance of having a professional online presence, the gathering of information online, the structuring of digital bibliographies and archival databases, an introduction to spatial and numerical analysis, and the publication and sharing of results and primary documents.
At the end of the course students will have gathered a widespread knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of digital history. They should thus be able make an informed choice of the tools that may be more useful for their research topics and to use them for analysis and outreach.
During the course students will produce a digital history project related to their personal research interests and establish (or consolidate) their professional online presence.
- What is digital history?
- How to find information online and purposefully use it
- New historical sources: crowdsourcing, digitalisation, metadata
- Blogging, micro-blogging and social media
- Structuring digital bibliographies and archives
- Data management, analysis and visualization
- Copyright, copyleft, Creative Commons: publication ethics and rights
- Publishing results online
This course was given in Spring 2013-2014. The syllabus is available for download.