Category Archives: Collaboration

Help Build the Wiki

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Hi all, I started a few pages in the “Wiki” section of this site, devoted to sharing links to “Resources,” broadly defined. I know that’s an overly obvious thing for us to do, but it does seem like a good starting point, and a way for some of us to start getting involved with the site (and getting used to this Commons In a Box software). There’s no need to reinvent existing wheels, however, so if there are other good portals or aggregators of useful digital-historical tools or content, please point to those too.

For now, if you go to “Wiki” from the lefthand menu, you’ll see a listing of pages with their metadata. That will change to something more elegant at some point soon. In the meantime, click into the individual pages, or go to which has links to the other Resource pages.

Nothing is carved in stone here, so please improve the pages as you see fit. And by all means please start other pages! They can be “children” of the “Resources” page (if so, please add a link to the main “Resources” page), or you can dive in on some entirely different topic. Just keep in mind that each of the groups can also make its own wiki, so try to stick to site-wide topics of interest in the general one.


ps. As I learned the hard way, avoid using colons in your wiki page titles.


Getting Started: Digital History Reading Lists

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If anything came out of our discussion at THATCamp Prime today, one idea was that digital historians need to be proactive about seeking out their own community. So I’d like to jump right in on asking the DigHist community for help.

This year, I’ll need to formulate reading lists for each of my exam fields for my PhD in history from Northeastern University. My prospective fields are (1) USA from Revolution to Civil War; (2) the Atlantic World; and (3) digital history. I’ve been encouraged to pioneer the digital history field by several of my professors, but unfortunately, they don’t know the field well enough to come up with a reading list. So here’s where the community could be of great help to this graduate student: by suggesting key texts (be they books, articles, blog posts, projects, whatever) that you would include on a digital history reading list for an exam.

I’ve already got the basics, such as Cohen and Rosenzweig, etc. You can see my Zotero library and join the group here: Please add your favorite digital history texts to the Zotero library, if you’d like, or simply add ideas in the comments section of this post. I hope that this list will also turn into a good general reading list about digital history for anyone to use.