Resources for Getting Started in Digital History

Jan 2, 2014; AHA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

These links do not constitute endorsements by the AHA.

Some links may have changed since the page was built (2013 Dec).

General Resources

This workshop will provide an overview of current developments in digital history. It will be a very broad general introduction that will aim to introduce the range of activities that the term "digital history" encompasses. As part of that process, we will look at what its benefits are for teaching, research and communication, as well as how funding in digital history can work.

THATCamp AHA 2014: http://aha2013.thatcamp.org

What is Digital History?

This question is a matter of debate, so some of the resources that appeared early in the debate appear here, along with an editorial that addresses history practiced in public.

How Can I Benefit from Digital History?

Personal interaction

  • Social media

  • Twitter

  • The DH academic community

  • History-specific organizations & communities
  • Broad digital-humanities organizations & communities

An international network of digital humanities centers.

A hub for DH projects, collaborators and resources

  • Digital publishing

An online peer-reviewed journal from PressForward

An edited aggregation of online digital-humanities scholarship.

  • Funding organizations & sources

  • Pedagogy

There are a host of "teaching digital history" posts online. Those listed here represent commonly referenced major resources, or their formats reflect the online ever-changing nature of digital history, or both.

A born-digital, open-review volume about writing and teaching digital history

A proof-of-concept book (under contract at Imperial College Press) that outlines several digital-history techniques. Aimed at advanced undergraduates

Project Building Blocks

Many of the projects in this section overlap. University of Nebraska-Lincoln's History Harvest is a particularly good example.

  • Public History

  • Curation and exhibition
  • Public outreach & Crowdsourcing

  • Online datastores

  • Document collection & digitization
  • Document-access interfaces
  • Personal research bibliographies

Problem Solving

The DH community is constantly adding and revising resources for the following categories, so search engines and Twitter are your best bet for keeping up to date. A few select tutorials and links to popular tools are included below to get you started:

  • General resources

A searchable list of digital research tools, with very useful filters based on tool type, cost and platform.

An online open-access textbook with tutorials on a number of topics including GIS, topic modeling, Omeka, Zotero, and several programming languages

  • Overviews of data and text mining

  • Topic modeling

  • Corpus linguistics

  • Network theory

  • hGIS

A very basic tutorial on what GIS is, how its components work, and why it's useful. Part of the Community Tool Box at University of Kansas

Breakout Session Resources

Teaching with Digital Tools

  • Jeff McClurken, University of Mary Washington (@jmcclurken).

Workshop resources available at www.mcclurken.org

Project-Based Learning and Undergraduate Research in the History Classroom

Workshop resources available at www.kathryntomasek.org

Topic Modeling

Workshop resources available at dsl.richmond.edu/rnelson2/

Corpus linguistics for historians

Workshop resources available at historyinthecity.blogspot.com. Participants may want to download AntConc prior to attending but this is not a requirement.

Omeka/Omeka.net

The Omeka Tip Sheet offers information on getting started. Omeka offers hosting at www.omeka.net, along with a free download of Omeka for those who have their own Web host already.

Project management

Workshop resources, and a version of the breakout session, available at www.6floors.org

Academic Blogging and WordPress

WordPress offers free blog hosting at www.wordpress.com, along with a free download of WordPress for those who have their own Web host already.

Spatial history and hGIS

  • Kalani Craig, Indiana University--Bloomington (@kalanicraig).

Workshop resources available at www.kalanicraig.com