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Historical Scholarship in the Digital Age

Featured Articles – May 29, 2008

A couple digital items of note:

L. Gordon Crovitz, “The Digital Future of BooksWall Street Journal
“This seems like a fitting time to ask: If the Internet is the most powerful communications advance ever – and it is – then how do this medium and its new devices affect how and what we read?”

Dan Cohen, “Mass Digitization of Books: Exit Microsoft, What Next?Dan Cohen Digital Humanities Blog
“So Microsoft has left the business of digitizing millions of books—apparently because they saw it as no business at all. . . . But with the cost of digitizing 10 million pre-1923 books at around $300 million, where might this scale of funds and new partners come from? To whom can the Open Content Alliance turn to replace Microsoft?

Stephen Mihm, “Everyone’s a historian nowBoston Globe
“[The Internet] represents a potentially radical change to historical research, a craft that has changed little for decades, if not centuries. By aggregating the grass-roots knowledge and recollections of hundreds, even thousands of people, ‘crowdsourcing,’ as it’s increasingly called, may transform a discipline that has long been defined and limited by the labors of a single historian toiling in the dusty archives.”

David Pogue, “Can e-Publishing Overcome Copyright Concerns?New York Times
Pogue writes about his experiences with publishing in the digital age.


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