HIS 218
Unit 2, Part A: The Local Digital History Scene

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The Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, Finland. The structure is composed of organ pipes. Photo credit C. T. Evans.
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Short introduction

We have been practicing digital history for almost two decades now, and in this unit I want to give you some background to the local university centers, because they have all been pioneers in developing new digital techniques and apps, for example, George Mason's Omeka and Zotero or the Scholar's Lab Neatline. In the last twenty years, a definition and some of the characteristics of digital history have been worked out by many historians at these institutions, and it is good for you to see the kind of innovative work being done in the field by our local universities.

What you must do in this unit


  • Create a blog (20 points) for your use in the course. Please email the URL of your blog to me, and I will provide feedback. When I everyone in the class has set up a blog, I will share all fhe URLs. As your first post to the blog, comment on (1) what you found most interesting of the Rosenzweig reading; (2) any possible ideas that you might have for your final project in the course.
  • Submit the URL of your blog on Canvas for grading.

What you can do in this unit

Extra credit options

  • Find materials (on the web) related to the differences in reading something online and reading something as a hard copy. I have been able to find old research on the difference between reading from a computer screen and reading from a book, but I have seen nothing that has been published recently. This may be the result of gated portals that exist on the web to protect databases--more about that later. Anything that you find, I can add to this unit's note.

Unit learning objectives

  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) demonstrate knowledge and evolution of the key local institutions focused on digital history and (2) explain the key concepts and definitions of digital history.

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