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Digital History ·
A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web
Cohen Daniel - Rosenzweig Roy (Autor) · Pennsylvania 2006 (2005)

Herausgeber: University of Pennsylvania Press · Verlag:  · 1 (Ed)
ISBN/ISBN13:0812219236/978-0812219234 · ISSN:
Sprache: English · Version: v1.00 (Volltext)
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Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web

Daniel Cohen & Roy Rosenzweig

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Abstract: This book provides 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 Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web may be accessed online via the author's website (Online @

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Exploring the History Web

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • The genesis and development of historical websites
  • How these sites have exploited the advantages of the web discussed in the introduction
  • The ways historians have gone about translating their work to the web, through examples both large and small
  • The genres of historical websites, with an eye toward defining yours

Getting Started

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • The basic technologies behind the web
  • Additional technologies that different genres of historical websites use
  • How to match appropriate and properly scaled technologies to your particular project
  • How to produce and serve digital text, images, and multimedia
  • When to use databases and markup languages like XML
  • What domain names are and whether you need one
  • Hosts for your website
  • Whether you might need to pursue funding for your site and how to do so

Becoming Digital

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • The pros and cons of digitization
  • The different ways that text can be digitized
  • The benefits and costs of marking up text
  • How to make text machine readable
  • The ways to make images digital
  • How to digitize sound and moving images
  • Whether you should do all this work yourself

Designing for the History Web

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • General principles for designing a historical website
  • How web design differs from print design
  • The formatting of text for different genres of sites
  • Methods for sizing and laying out images
  • The presentation of audio and video
  • Proper site structure and navigation
  • Issues related to accessibility, and how they apply to your project

Building an Audience

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • Defining and reaching your project’s audience(s)
  • Ways to market your site, from individual contacts to mass media
  • How Google and other search engines rank your site and refer visitors
  • Getting your visitors to come back to your site regularly and contribute suggestions for improvement
  • What server logs are, and how they may help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your site

Collecting History Online

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • Using the Internet to collect accounts and artifacts from the recent past
  • Which projects are most amenable to this new method of building a digital archive
  • How to add interactivity to your site so that visitors can contribute their memories and other historical materials
  • Ways to encourage subjects to participate in history-making in this new medium
  • Assessing and improving the validity and worth of what these subjects contribute
  • The experience of various individuals and institutions in recording the history of September 11, 2001, online

Owning the Past?

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • How copyright law is an ever-evolving set of principles, balancing the rights of producers and consumers, that must be actively engaged by historians
  • The history of copyright law, and where it has left us today
  • How the application of copyright can differ on the web from the print world
  • Your legal rights—and ethical obligations—as both a producer and consumer of intellectual property
  • Which written materials, images, audio, and video you can use on your website, and when

Preserving Digital History

In this chapter you will learn about:

  • The perils of maintaining historical materials in digital formats
  • What you can do right now to prevent the loss of your digital work
  • Sound methods for constructing your website that will give it the best possible chance to survive inevitable technical changes over time
  • What computer scientists, digital librarians, and archivists are doing to help preserve websites and other digital artifacts in the long run

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