Journalism professor Randy Boswell has edited a newly published collection of essays exploring the way technological change in the digital age is transforming the study, preservation and presentation of history.

Produced by the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies, the latest edition of Canadian Issues/Thèmes Canadiens is titled “The Futuristic Past: Technology, Memory and History in the Age of AI”.

It includes contributions from historian Dr. Guy Berthiaume, the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, Experiences Canada CEO Deborah Morrison, the former publisher of Canada’s History magazine, media scholar Dr. Jaigris Hodson of Royal Roads University and Historica Canada CEO Anthony Wilson-Smith, a former editor-in-chief of Maclean’s. Most of the contributors attended a technology and history forum in Toronto in November 2018 co-sponsored by the ACS and Historica Canada.

In an introductory essay, Boswell describes how his own work as a journalist and writer of popular history has benefited from the proliferation of historical web resources and databases that mean “the world’s history is essentially at my fingertips.” But, he adds, “there are caveats to consider in this seemingly boundless universe of digital delights for history-minded citizens,” including high subscription rates for some historical resources and a “worrisome murkiness” in the way commercial search engines direct those seeking knowledge.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in ,
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