Digital History: Towards New Methodologies

S. ter Braake, A.S. Fokkens, C.J. Ockeloen, C.M. van Son

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The field of Digital Humanities is changing the way historians do their research. Historians use tools to query larger data sets and they apply a different methodology to tackle certain research questions. In this paper we will discuss two propositions on the necessity of adapting to and taking advantage of the technological changes: (1) Digital Humanities tools are not the enemy of the historian, but they need to be used in a proper way. This requires historians to make ‘tool criticism’ part of their methodological toolkit; (2) Digital Humanities tools allow for a more data-driven and bottom-up approach to historical research. This eliminates some of the historian’s preconceptions that are inevitably part of more traditional historical research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational History and Data-Driven Humanities - Second IFIP WG 12.7 International Workshop, CHDDH 2016, Dublin, Ireland, May 25, 2016, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsB. Bozic, G. Mendel-Gleason, C. Debruyne, D. O'Sullivan
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology


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