Adventures in Digital History! 2016-04-05 01:05:42

“Yet there are new opportunities and challenges that did not exist several decades ago. One is the ability to display primary sources and related data objects tied to those sources (tables, charts, and maps). As this volume’s chapters by Stephen Robertson and John Theibault demonstrate, we are surrounded not just by the type of static images and data objects that historians have used to make arguments for years but by the ability to present audiences and interlocutors with manipulable objects, using software to allow readers to zoom in and move around, add or subtract data layers, change axes and variables, or set the data object in motion” (Dorn).

I personally think this is one of the coolest things digital history has to offer. Creating a database of a collection is interesting and compiling primary sources is fascinating but creating something unique out of the information presented and presenting it in a manner that would have taken years to create is really, really special and indicative of the capability of computers and digital history.