For the next couple weeks we’re going to take what we’ve learned about the discipline of history and ask how it functions in a digital age. To start the conversation, submit a 300-word response according to the following guidelines no later than noon on Wednesday, February 22nd. I’ll then share a few excerpts from selected responses and have you do your first round of blog comments before class on Friday.
1. Read the introduction to Dan Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig’s Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. What do they see as the advantages (and problems) of digitization for historians?
2. That book was written just over ten years ago… Look for the themes they raised by visiting at least two more recent digital history projects: first, the Bethel University Digital Library; and second, one of the projects listed on this Google Doc.
By noon on Wednesday, upload to Moodle a 300-word response paper in which you draw on your reading of Cohen/Rosenzweig and the two digital history projects you visited in order to answer the following questions:
Cohen and Rosenzweig envisioned several possibilities and problems when they wrote their book on digital history in 2005. Discuss two of their central themes as you saw them, over a decade later, in the digital history projects you visited.
Or… is there anything that’s happened since 2005 that makes their observations obsolete? Are there significant themes in digital history today that they didn’t foresee in 2005?