Scrapbook Of Erin

Scrap-booking my way through the semester

Week 1

  • January 16, 2020 4:43 pm

Why did you take the class?

I decided to take this history class because it counts as a 400 level elective class for my major. It also sounded really fun and interesting when Professor McClurken talked about it in the last semesters class.

What is digital history?

When I think of digital history, I think of the history that has been digitized in some process to make it more accessible to the general public in the current day. Roy Rosenzweig from the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University describes digital history as

” an approach to examining and representing the past that takes advantage of new communication technologies such as computers and the Web. It draws on essential features of the digital realm, such as databases, hypertextualization, and networks, to create and share historical knowledge.”

What is digital humanities?

When looking for a clear definition of what digital humanities are was difficult. I found a quote from Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, Jeffrey Schnapp from Digital_Humanities that states, “The phrase Digital Humanities… describes not just a collective singular but also the humanities in the plural, able to address and engage disparate subject matters across media, language, location, and history. But, however heterogeneous, the Digital Humanities is unified by its emphasis on making, connecting, interpreting, and collaborating”

How are digital humanities and digital history different.

From my understanding digital humanities is more of like a group of people who create digital history. They come together with the information they have found to create databases and other sites for digital history to be housed. Digital history, on the other hand, is the actual history being made accessible to the public.

4 Comments

  1. Mady May says:

    I love the way you designed your blog; what did you use to make it look like this (WordPress, omeka, etc.)? I somewhat agree with your analysis of digital history/digital humanities, but I think I understood it a bit differently. Would this mean that digital humanities is a subset of digital history? I saw it as the other way around (but I was a little confused by the readings anyway lol)

    • admin says:

      I just changed my theme on WordPress. It’s under the appearance tab. They have so many different themes to choose from it was hard to pick just one.

  2. Can you tell if there has been an evolution in these definitions over time? Where might you look?

  3. I really like the theme of your blog!

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