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  • Digital Histories

    Emergent Approaches within the New Digital History

    Mats Fridlund, Mila Oiva, Petri Paju (eds.)

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    Historical scholarship is currently undergoing a digital turn. All historians have experienced this change in one way or another, by writing on word processors, applying quantitative methods on digitalized source materials, or using internet resources and digital tools.

    Digital Histories showcases this emerging wave of digital history research. It presents work by historians who – on their own or through collaborations with e.g. information technology specialists – have uncovered new, empirical historical knowledge through digital and computational methods. The topics of the volume range from the medieval period to the present day, including various parts of Europe. The chapters apply an exemplary array of methods, such as digital metadata analysis, machine learning, network analysis, topic modelling, named entity recognition, collocation analysis, critical search, and text and data mining.

    The volume argues that digital history is entering a mature phase, digital history ‘in action’, where its focus is shifting from the building of resources towards the making of new historical knowledge. This also involves novel challenges that digital methods pose to historical research, including awareness of the pitfalls and limitations of the digital tools and the necessity of new forms of digital source criticisms.

    Through its combination of empirical, conceptual and contextual studies, Digital Histories is a timely and pioneering contribution taking stock of how digital research currently advances historical scholarship.

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    Book Reviews (1):

      Review from 25 Jun 2021: Tekniikan Waiheita
      Book review: ‘Välitilinpäätös digitaalisesta historiantutkimuksesta’

      Kaisa Kyläkoski

      Summary: Englanninkielisenä open access -julkaisuna kirja tavoittelee kansainvälistäkin yleisöä, joka toivottavasti saavutetaan. Kotimaassa kirja tulee lähivuosina palvelemaan erityisesti historian tutkijoita, jotka kaipaavat ymmärrystä digitaalisuuden merkityksestä ja mahdollisuuksista omalle alalleen. Yleisemmin kirja tarjoaa tietotekniikan tai tekniikan historiasta kiinnostuneille kehityksestä yhden käyttäjänäkökulman. Mahdollisuuksien kehitys ei ole päättynyt, joten aikanaan kirja tulee olemaan myös merkittävä lähde sille, mitä digitaalinen historiantutkimus oli Suomessa 2020-luvun alkaessa.

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    How to cite this book
    Fridlund, M et al. (eds.) 2020. Digital Histories: Emergent Approaches within the New Digital History. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-5
    Fridlund, M., 2020. Digital Histories. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-5
    Fridlund, M. Digital Histories. Helsinki University Press, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-5
    Fridlund, M. (2020). Digital Histories. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-5
    Fridlund, Mats. 2020. Digital Histories. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-5




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    Additional Information

    Published on Dec. 7, 2020

    Language

    English

    Pages:

    382

    ISBN
    EPUB 978-952-369-022-6
    Mobi 978-952-369-023-3
    Paperback 978-952-369-020-2
    PDF 978-952-369-021-9

    DOI
    https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-5



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