27 Jan

Musings on History

On the surface, digital history seems to be just what its name suggests – history done digitally.  However, the full extent of what that entails is much more complex. In the following considerations on what digital history is, I will start with a basic definition before increasingly looking deeper into how the “digital” part of digital history acts not only as a new medium, but offers a new approach to how history is done.

Before going beyond the surface of the name “digital history,” I think it’s worth considering the individual meanings of “digital” and “history” since both of them come together in digital history. Though Merriam Webster lists multiple definitions of digital, “of, relating to, or being data in the form of especially binary digits,” seems to be digital at its most basic. Another definition easier to work with is something “characterized by electronic and especially computerized technology.”  Computerized…

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  1. Callie January 28, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    Elena- I really enjoyed your post, especially your working definition of digital history. But I wonder about a comment you made at the end of your post, that this definition has technology modifying history. Do you think if we thought about this in the reverse we might interpret history differently?

    • Elena R January 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

      I thought I left a reply, but it seems to have gotten lost. Anyway, thanks for commenting Callie! I was also wondering about how history might be affecting technology too, but haven’t come to any firm conclusions. But I think perhaps the digital humanities in general have led a push for being able to easily organize and sort through information. Overall, maybe the relationship is more give and take – history uses mapping tools available, but perhaps in a new and different way than originally intended.

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