Digital Source Criticism

Prof. Dr. Andreas Fickers, Dr. Stefania Scagliola, Andy O’Dwyer

The 21st century historian need to be aware of how the transformation from analogue to digital affects the epistemological value and appearance of a source. The traditional way of questioning the authenticity of a document by finding out who created it, at which time, for which purpose and in which context, has been challenged ever since the prefix ‘digital’ was added to ‘source criticism’. This skills training explored the meanings and practices of ‘Digital Source Criticism’, the critical appraisal of digital sources of knowledge that can be retrieved from the web. It looked into how the digital turn required a further reconsideration of the historian’s craft.