Digital History: Towards New Methodologies

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Abstract

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
PublisherSpringer
Pages23-32
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer
Volume482

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Digital History
Historian
Methodology
Historical Research
Technological Change
Data-driven
Bottom-up
Toolkit
Tool Use
Enemy
Criticism

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ter Braake, S., Fokkens, A. S., Ockeloen, C. J., & van Son, C. M. (2016). Digital History: Towards New Methodologies. In B. Bozic, G. Mendel-Gleason, C. Debruyne, & D. O'Sullivan (Eds.), Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities - Second IFIP WG 12.7 International Workshop, CHDDH 2016, Dublin, Ireland, May 25, 2016, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 23-32). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 482). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46224-0_3
ter Braake, S. ; Fokkens, A.S. ; Ockeloen, C.J. ; van Son, C.M. / Digital History: Towards New Methodologies. Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities - Second IFIP WG 12.7 International Workshop, CHDDH 2016, Dublin, Ireland, May 25, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. editor / B. Bozic ; G. Mendel-Gleason ; C. Debruyne ; D. O'Sullivan. Springer, 2016. pp. 23-32 (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology).
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Digital History: Towards New Methodologies. / ter Braake, S.; Fokkens, A.S.; Ockeloen, C.J.; van Son, C.M.

Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities - Second IFIP WG 12.7 International Workshop, CHDDH 2016, Dublin, Ireland, May 25, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. ed. / B. Bozic; G. Mendel-Gleason; C. Debruyne; D. O'Sullivan. Springer, 2016. p. 23-32 (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 482).

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ter Braake S, Fokkens AS, Ockeloen CJ, van Son CM. Digital History: Towards New Methodologies. In Bozic B, Mendel-Gleason G, Debruyne C, O'Sullivan D, editors, Computational History and Data-Driven Humanities - Second IFIP WG 12.7 International Workshop, CHDDH 2016, Dublin, Ireland, May 25, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. Springer. 2016. p. 23-32. (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-46224-0_3