Working Digital in Historical Science


Digital history comprises in a broad definition the use of digital media, tools and methods for historical research as well as for the presentation, discussion and further use of its findings. Precursors of digital history can be found in quantitative history, in cliometrics as well as in history and computing. The large number of sources available on the internet can be seen as the significant change of the last decades. In addition there are new and increasingly web-based tools and methods to filter, model, analyse, and edit these sources. Digital tools and methods such as text mining, information retrieval and opinion mining can be valuable additions to historians’ methodological repertoires and thus pointing to new research strategies and possibilities for historical discovery. One of this domain’s challenges will lie in the combination of hermeneutic approaches and digital methods. Furthermore, the focus should not rest solely on tools and data. Instead, a higher attention should be on methodological and epistemological considerations.


Coordinator: Torsten Hiltmann together with Martin Dröge, Mareike König, Marina Lemaire, Anna Menny and Katrin Moeller