The Great Structures of Information Known as Databases

As a librarian and a historian, I find databases to be incredibly helpful. What is a database? At the most basic level, it is a structure of collected data. As Lev Manovich points out in “Database as a Genre of New Media,” there are different kinds of databases: hierarchical, network, relation- and object-oriented. Databases have completely revolutionized how … [Read more]

Digitization: Accuracy, Integrity, and Transparency

When I was working on my Master’s degree, I had the opportunity to work on a fairly large-scale digitization project. The Archive of European Integration is digitizing and putting online official European Union documents. As a part of the project, and together with other Master’s students, I disbound documents; scanned them using a scanner with an automatic sheet feeder; and … [Read more]

The Challenges of Abundance

The topic for this week’s class is “What is Digital History?,” which is the very same question I get asked when I tell people about the Digital History Fellowship. I was unsure of how to answer that question, and despite this week’s readings am not yet confident enough to espouse my own definition. My goal is to have … [Read more]