New methods of data generation, analysis and visualisation, standards of text quality, and issues around source criticism in relation to digital editions or sources created in digital formats, all open doors to - or call for - innovations in historical analysis. Historical research has become considerably more international in recent years, and the dawn of the digital age has liberated the discipline from the requirement to work in particular physical places; these developments have given rise to new forms of communication among historians, whose research is increasingly dependent upon open-access, high-quality collections of text or sources and upon web-based methods of collaborative research and publication. In this context, digital history engages with multimedia information and discourses, which may be generated by large amounts and new forms of data. Digital history seeks to discover and develop the methods by which this data and these discourses can be made accessible to and disseminated by the academic discipline of history. It also conducts research on the methodological and theoretical principles behind digital research practices, including data formats, standards for description, web technologies, databases, programming languages and visualisation methods; on the potential and the limits of virtual research environments; and on new possibilities of gaining further qualifications and using digital components in the teaching of history at university level.