Digital Digital Ecologies and the Historian

AHA Session 255
Saturday, January 7, 2017: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Mile High Ballroom 2C (Colorado Convention Center, Ballroom Level)
Ruth Mostern, University of California, Merced

Session Abstract

This roundtable will bring together scholars and publishers working with “born-digital” projects to explore both tools for doing, thinking and conceiving historical projects digitally, as well as exploring what innovative methodological contributions digital history is making to the field. The ever emergent technologies like deep data, geospatial mapping, photogrammetry to name just a few are providing us with new terms and concepts to rethink how we do and teach history as well as disseminate historical information. Kathryn Tomasek will discuss how her project on Modelling semantically Enhanced Digital Edition of Accounts offer historians an opportunity to think differently about the kinds of research. Stephen Berry will present his project CSI:Dixie as an an "archigraph" -- a set of records (an archive) married to a set of judgments about those records (a monograph) to raise a number of critical questions regarding the role of the historian in this emerging digital landscape. Friederike Sundaram will speak to the different genres of digital projects that our initiative is aimed at and the platforms and web solutions that our authors are working with. We will also discuss what are the creative and responsible ways to evaluate and recognize digital scholarship by historians.
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