HIST 3814 O - Crafting Digital History

Web course
The evaluation for this course does not include formal seated exams, so no distance proctoring arrangements are required.

This course applies the creative use of information and media/computing technologies to address the digital cultural heritage issues of public historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists. Topics may include webscraping, data mining, designing and implementing research databases, and visual storytelling of those results.
Also listed as DIGH 3814.
Precludes additional credit for HIST 3907 Section "B" offered in winter 2015 and HIST 3907 Section "O" offered in winter 2016.
Prerequisite(s): a 2000-level history course or third-year standing and 1.0 credit in history.

"We've spent millions digitizing the world's historical resources. Let's work together to figure out what they can teach us." - Adam Crymble. How do we find, analyze, and visualize the patterns in historical data? Is the Internet a historical source? How do people talk about history online? Is Google changing our historical consciousness? What happens when people offload their historical memory to Wikipedia? How do we regain control over our digital identity as historians? What does open access research mean for me?

Crafting Digital History explores these questions and more over the term through a series of hands-on exercises and individual project work. You do not need to be 'techy' to succeed in this course. I know that digital skills come in all shapes and sizes. What is far more important is that you are willing to try, and willing to say "I don't know, help?" I expect you to talk to each other in this class. Share your work. Collaborate. Help each other! Digital history is a kind of public history. What's more, the skills you will learn in this class will make you a better historian, a more critical consumer of online media, and more employable. If you want to do more with your computer than post on Facebook, this class is for you.

This course was funded by the Government of Ontario through the Shared Online Course Fund.

CRN for section O: 20918

Instructor: Shawn Graham

Shawn Graham

About the instructor: Shawn Graham trained in Roman archaeology but over the years has become a digital archaeologist and digital humanist. He keeps an open lab notebook of his research and experiments in digital history and archaeology at his research blog, electricarchaeology.ca. He is currently teaching historical methods and digital history at all levels, including seminars in the collaborative MA digital humanities program as well as in the MA public history program. His work on archaeology and games and simulation has been profiled in KillScreen and Slate. His presentation on #archaeogaming, with Andrew Rheinhard of Atari Excavation fame, at the Society for American Archaeology can be found online (audio & slides).

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