Digital History A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web

ISBN-10: 0812219236
ISBN-13: 9780812219234
Edition: 2005
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Description: Digital History provides for the first time a plainspoken and thorough introduction to the web for historians--teachers and students, archivists and museum curators, professors as well as amateur enthusiasts--who wish to produce online historical  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 8/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

Digital History provides for the first time a plainspoken and thorough introduction to the web for historians--teachers and students, archivists and museum curators, professors as well as amateur enthusiasts--who wish to produce online historical work, or to build upon and improve the projects they have already started in this important new medium. The book takes the reader step by step through planning a project, understanding the technologies involved and how to choose the appropriate ones, designing a site that is both easy to use and scholarly, digitizing materials in a way that makes them web-friendly while preserving their historical integrity, and reaching and responding to an intended audience effectively. It also explores the repercussions of copyright law and fair use for scholars in a digital age and examines more cutting-edge web techniques involving interactivity, such as sites that use the medium to solicit and collect historical artifacts. Finally, the book provides basic guidance for ensuring that the digital history the reader creates will not disappear in a few years. Throughout, Digital History maintains a realistic sense of the advantages and disadvantages of putting historical documents, interpretations, and discussions online. The authors write in a tone that makes Digital History accessible to those with little knowledge of computers, while including a host of details that more technically savvy readers will find helpful. And although the book focuses particularly on historians, those working in related fields in the humanities and social sciences will also find this to be a useful introduction.

Daniel J. Cohen is an assistant professor of history at George Mason University and the coauthor of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web.

Introduction: Promises and Perils of Digital History
Exploring the History Web
Getting Started: The Nature of Websites, and What You Will Need to Create Yours
Becoming Digital: Preparing Historical Materials for the Web
Designing for the History Web
Building an Audience
Collecting History Online
Owning the Past? The Digital Historian's Guide to Copyright and Intellectual Property
Preserving Digital History: What We Can Do Today to Help Tomorrow's Historians
Some Final Thoughts
Database Software, Scripting Languages, and XML
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments

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