Reflection piece

The Digital Histories module has introduced me to many aspects of the digital, both in relation on how to undertake more specific research online and in terms of understanding the drastic amount of factors/elements that go into the constructing and maintaining of these digital history projects, which in turn become the online resources where new and innovative research takes place.  The course itself has changed the way in which I will and have gathered information and interacted online, in particular, through the use of blogging, more specifically word-press and twitter.  Word-press has allowed for the distribution of various types of information, regardless of the source, as well as proving to be a useful tool in terms of gathering information online and responding to other peoples posts. The facilities provided allow for responses to be made, as well as the ability to ‘re-blog’ and ‘like’ posts that I find to be both interesting and relevant to all aspects of digital humanities (in particular digital histories).  I have particularly found that through the using of twitter, that it is perhaps a better tool in relation to the gathering of real time information, as well as being used as a gateway to other online resources and blogs.  This could be due to the 140 character limit that comes along with twitter, which is in many ways why it is so appealing and useful in terms of interacting quickly and efficiently and therefore works in twitter’s advantage.  Perhaps most importantly, the course has introduced me to different types of online projects, which in turn provide new and innovative ways in portraying and gathering data, a particular favourite of mine being Google n-gram viewer.  In addition to introducing me to the concepts of big data, crow-sourcing, and open access in relation to on going debates within the digital humanities sphere.  A particular useful element  and key theme gathered from the module, was going through the thought process of actually going about creating an online digital history project, along with the various thought processes that need to be made in order to implement such a project, whilst at the same time avoiding the standard ‘book’ type analysis of history and just allowing users access to sources and with that resulting in a more personal analysis, without having to accept an author’s conclusion being forced upon users.

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