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The Road to Good History
Transcript of The Road to Good History
Good History vs Bad History
The road to good digital history:
To produce good history digitally, we can still employ methods of analysis used when examining primary sources. "What does it mean?" How does having a 3D model of a flight attendant's uniform contribute to our Air Canada project?
The Digital Historian's Task
Digital historians must demonstrate the connection of their digital elements to their research.
This way, the reader can see its purpose. Flash becomes substance.
A recurrent question during our semester. One that comes to us from our days of writing essays.
I made a 3D model---SO WHAT?
I made a Tapestry---SO WHAT?
I made a TimeMap---SO WHAT?
Consideration must be made for the audience.
Is your audience academics? Other digital historians? The public?
Will they understand my digital process?
The transparency we employed in our Air Canada project kept researchers and readers aware of the programs we were using, how we were using them, and what they meant for our project.
This helped reinforce and remind readers of the substance of our flash.
Technology changes so rapidly that a separation between the humanities and digital humanities is inevitable.
It is problematic among the digital historians themselves as rapid change is a hindrance for the establishment of academic conventions and institutions.
These can be problematic in the digital world.
Transparency & Community
If you've been raised to write essays in your sleep, then you may have an idea of how to produce good history...within those confines.
Digital history provides new tools with which to interpret and share historical research.
For many, these tools are new, fun, and exciting.
It is easy to lose your critical eye along the way.
So what can we do to keep digital history good history?
The inclusion of our 3D models was not meant as a source of interaction and fun for the readers, but as a way for them to engage with the uniform:
Why might a flight attendant have no pockets?
What can we discern about the form and fit of the uniform?
From our selection of uniforms, what are the differences? How have they changed?
To counter some of the dangers on the road to good history, transparency and interaction with the community is imperative.
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