Some reflections on the flow of knowledge in digital history

Digital humanities as a diverse concept In this blog post, I will present some reflections on the epistemic potential and limits of digital history and, more generally, digital humanities (DH). I will argue for two theses related to interdisciplinary research in DH. Clearly, space will not allow for a full defence of these two hypotheses, … Continued

Towards reproducible science in the digital humanities

How to publish your data and code alongside your research with the help of Zenodo? Following the principles of reproducible science has recently become an increasingly important part of publishing research. The trend gained momentum as a result of the replication crisis in 2010s, that started after it was found that most of the published … Continued

Models and Perspectives in Digital History

Digital Historians often manifests in two forms: a person with a mixed background in History and Computer Science or as a collaboration between a historian and a computer scientist. The latter, in particular, comes with combining challenges such as finding a common vocabulary, negotiating new forms of knowledge, different writing styles and in general two … Continued

Building a digital scholarly edition of the Romanian Chrestomathy

After the lecture of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dahmen on 14 November 2019, we discussed how the humanities have the potential to enhance conventional methods of analysis and scientific display in scholarly editions of philological texts and low-key languages. It would be interesting to investigate how digital humanities and computational methods, as well as digital publishing … Continued

Narrative storytelling and Digital History

What kinds of stories do we tell? The narrative structure of history. Since the establishment of history as a discipline, narrative storytelling has been the historians’ main device to structure and disseminate results. Recently, however, the introduction of novel digital tools has extended our possibilities to represent the past dramatically. Natural language processing, social network … Continued

Digital Exploration of General Paralysis in the Nineteenth Century

How can we analyse approximately 70 years of content within the British Journal of psychiatry (BJP) amounting to a total of 51.479 pages? This pressing question extends to the French, Dutch, Belgian and German equivalent of this journal. I gathered a corpus of between 250.000 and 300.000 pages. Furthermore, the content inside these journals is … Continued

Annotation, Motivations and Methods

Annotation enables us to transfer our knowledge or meta-knowledge of sources such as texts, images, videos, etc. to a computer or an algorithm. Furthermore, experts can convey detailed descriptions of a source to novices or the general public. In this digital history reflection, I focus on Linguistic annotation. What is annotation? An annotation adds a … Continued

Annotating Sources: Digital Asset Management for Historians

Mass digitisation and born digital sources have changed the work of historians, archivists and museologists. Many historians spend less time in the archives, instead photographing or scanning sources on short research visits. In other cases archivists and museologists create online repositories to make sources more accessible. But what happens to all the photographs researchers make? … Continued

Framing Immersion: VR Programming for the Web

Virtual reality (VR) is a paradox. Donning a headset can transport the senses to other worlds, while the body remains firmly planted on the ground (well, most of the time). VR affords us the ability to fly, teleport, and transform the virtual world around us, but has also achieved notoriety for its less desirable tendency … Continued