October 17: The Promise of Digital History: Community & Collaboration

Roy Rosenzweig, “Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past,”  Journal of American History 93:1 (June 2006), 117-146.

Daniel J. Cohen, “History and the Second Decade of the Web,” Rethinking History 8 (June 2004): 293-301.

Stacy Schiff, “Know It All,” The New Yorker, July 31, 2006.

Roy Rosenzweig, “Scarcity or Abundance?: Preserving the Past in the Digital Era,”           American Historical Review (June 2003).
Lisa Spiro, “Collaborative Authorship in the Humanities” and “Examples of Collaborative Digital Humanities Projects,” Digital Scholarship in the Humanities blog.
Roy Rosenzweig, “Collaboration and the Cyberinfrastructure: Academic collaboration with  museums and libraries in the digital era,” First Monday 12 (2007).

Marshall Poe, “The Hive” The Atlantic (September 2006).

Case Study: Wikipedia: Analyze three related Wikipedia pages and talk pages to explore their history. Teach us how to do this. You may want to watch Heavy Metal Umlaut for some ideas.

Case Study: Explore Flickr, demonstrating how the platform works, how search works, how commenting works, and find some examples with a historical bent. (Ex, this course photo pool). (MB)

Case Study: Flickr Commons: Tell us about the history of the project, what different groups are supposed gain from it, and explore the site. Is it accomplishing its goal? Make sure to explore the Library of Congress Flickr Common Pilot Project. (MB)

BLOG ASSIGNMENT: Examine the City Lore website, focusing on the “Place Matters” section, which includes several walking tours and a census of places. Post your response to the site, considering how, through the census of places and walking tours, these projects help foster a sense of place and memory on the urban landscape through digital media.

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