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

Jörn Rüsen, Post-humanism and Human Nature

Between the 7th and 9th of May, the historian and philosopher of history Jörn Rüsen visited the University of Luxembourg. During this time, he met with students to talk about his work and held a public lecture titled End of Man – Do Historical Studies lose their anthropological fundaments? The main topic of Rüsen’s lecture … 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

Experiencing Art Booklet by Christopher Morse

The Experiencing Art booklet is an introduction to the doctoral research of Christopher Morse and a guidebook for user experience (UX) design in the context of museums. It provides information about the UX design process and connects different methods for learning about visitor needs and experiences to real-life use cases within museum environments. In addition, … Continued

The Digital Wild West of Sources

The way historians organise and carry out their research has changed over the past two decades. We no longer (only) spend time in archives, but consult archival material more and more via online databases and repositories from our office or the comfort of our living room. The repositories are managed by libraries, universities, research institutions … Continued