Doing Digital History
Digital History might be understood broadly as an approach to examining and representing the past that works with the new communication technologies of the computer, the Internet network, and software systems. On one level, Digital History is an open arena of scholarly production and communication, encompassing the development of new course materials and scholarly data collection efforts. On another level, Digital History is a methodological approach framed by the hypertextual power of these technologies to make, define, query, and annotate associations in the human record of the past. To do Digital History, then, is to digitize the past certainly, but it is much more than that. It is to create a framework through the technology for people to experience, read, and follow an argument about a major historical problem. This section contains essays that reflect on the process of creating works of digital historical scholarship, interviews with leading practitioners, and lectures by digital historians sharing their work with an audience.