The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast

Un stimulant article de Lara Putnam (UCIS Research Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh).

digital map of the world in hemispheres by thomas kitchin" The World From the Best Authorities " engraved by Thomas Kitchin, published in Guthrie's New Geographical Grammar, 1777.

digital map of the world in hemispheres by thomas kitchin” The World From the Best Authorities ” engraved by Thomas Kitchin, published in Guthrie’s New Geographical Grammar, 1777.

Abstract

This essay explores the consequences for historians’ research of the twinned transnational and digitized turns. The accelerating digitization of primary and secondary sources and the rise of full-text web-based search to access information within them has transformed historians’ research practice, radically diminishing the role of place-specific prior expertise as a prerequisite to discovery. Indeed, we can now find information without knowing where to look. This has incited remarkably little reflection among mainstream historians, but the consequences are profound. What has become newly possible? How do the new digital affordances relate to the current boom in transnational topics and approaches? How do the reach, speed, and granularity of digitized search impact our ability to reconstruct the supranational past? This essay heralds the novel forms of knowledge-generation made possible by technological transformations. It also attempts an accounting of all the ancillary learning that international research in an analog world once required. What kinds of knowledge and insight did place-based research across borders instill? What are the intellectual and political consequences of leaving that behind?

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Valérie Schafer (2016, 5 juillet). The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast. Web90 - Patrimoine, Mémoires et Histoire du Web dans les années 1990. Consulté le 5 mars 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/va28