Why were the early days of history called the dark ages? Because there were so many knights!: The Future of History in the Digital Age

 

Throughout the duration of this course, I found Toni Weller’s book History in the Digital Age to be quite helpful. Funnily enough for a digital history class, it is a print book. However, it is a good resource for digital history. The book provides an introduction to digital history and then is broken up into sections: Re-conceptualizing history in the digital age, studying history in the digital age, Teaching history in the digital age, and the future of history in the digital age. I found myself coming to this book a few times during the semester to provide extra insight in the things we were learning.

Another good source was Daniel Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig’s book Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. While the book is a little dated, the information is still helpful and can be accessed online.

Three topics that I found particularly interesting were about copyright, Omeka, and social media.

  • Before this class, I never really put much thought into copyright laws or how they worked. I mean, I knew that you couldn’t just take stuff that wasn’t yours (I’ve read enough plagiarism sections in syllabi to know that). But I did not know things like once you write something, it technically has a copyright, you don’t need to file anything. So it is something that I will be paying closer attention to in the future, especially in digital work.
  • Omeka is an interesting site where people make online exhibits. I didn’t know that an open-source platform existed for something as specific as creating digital exhibits. Going through and looking at some sites made by other groups was interesting and I think knowing about all the things that go into creating a digital exhibit will be helpful to me in the future- like Dublin Core and metadata and simply designing an exhibit in a different format.
  • A professional social media presence is something I do not have, nor am I aiming to have. However, I think that looking at social media accounts that are professional can help. I think it is particularly important because I can see that as something I would have to do in the future, not personally but for an organization. I have experience with social media and I am comfortable on different platforms so I can apply that knowledge and what I have learned from talking about and following other accounts to any organization I work for in the future.
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