Unit 2, Part B: The Evolution of the Digital Web
Unidentified Russian women making pirogies. Wish it was a better image. Photo credit C. T. Evans.
Historians have been using the web and digital technology to create web-based history for quite a while now, but the way that history has been displayed on the web has changed dramatically over time through web 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, etc. In this unit we look at some of the early historical sites (most of which are still relevant and useful) and how they have evolved over time.
What you must do in this unit
- Read Rosenzweig's textbook (chapter 1: Exploring the History Web).
- Read this week's note on the historical development of the web.
- Watch the video for this unit of the course on ItunesU for NVCC (look for HIS 295) or on YouTube.
- Check out these really good digital history projects (you are free to suggest others to add to the list).
- In particular have a look at these approaches to studying the Civil War
- Post on your blog (10 points): (a) suggest one or two additional historical websites, especially those dealing with Northern Virginia history, to add to this list.
- Submit the URL of your blog post on Canvas for grading.
Extra credit options
- Please suggest any materials relevant to this unit of the course.
Unit learning objectives
- Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to explain the development of web-based materials since the inception of the web and summarize how historical content has changed in design and complexity over that same period of time.
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