Digital History

Free web version of the book by Daniel J. Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig

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. It begins with an overview of the different genres of history websites, surveying a range of digital history work that has been created since the beginning of the web. The book then takes the reader step-by-step through planning a project, understanding the technologies involved and how to choose the appropriate ones, designing a site that is both easy-to-use and scholarly, digitizing materials in a way that makes them web-friendly while preserving their historical integrity, and how to reach and respond to an intended audience effectively. It also explores the repercussions of copyright law and fair use for scholars in a digital age, and examines more cutting-edge web techniques involving interactivity, such as sites that use the medium to solicit and collect historical artifacts. Finally, the book provides basic guidance on insuring that the digital history the reader creates will not disappear in a few years.

Archives Made Easy

Hosted by the International History department at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Archives Made Easy aims to empower historical researchers of all levels and make unrewarding research trips a thing of the past.

The archives are reviewed by researchers, see e.g. for the Bundesarchiv Koblenz the “Easy Archive Tip” by C. Germond, August 2005

An excerpt concerning Italy:
If you want to undertake research at the ASMAE, you must be extremely patient and be prepared to the lengthy, nonsensical and bureaucratic procedure of the archive.

Interesting website!

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