The Boston-Area Seminar on Digital History Projects will introduce audiences to the inner workings of in-progress projects that depend on digital methods, such as the translation of analog primary sources to a digital format, the use of computational tools for research and analysis of historical data, and the creation of “publications” in any form of digital media to communicate with audiences. The series will emphasize engagement with archival source materials, and presentations will include works intended for academic scholarship and/or for public history. Attendees are encouraged to provide feedback, and presenters may occasionally recommend review of circulated materials before the session meeting.

 

Attendance is free and open to everyone. Subscribers who remit $25 for the year will receive early online access to any pre-circulated materials. Subscriptions also underwrite the cost of the series. Pre-circulated materials will be available to non-subscribers who have RSVP’d for a session on the day prior to the program. Subscribe to this seminar series and you will receive access to the seminar papers for SIX series: the Boston Seminar on African American History, the Pauline Maier Early American History Seminary, the Boston Seminar on Environmental History, the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture, and the Boston Seminar on the History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality. We recognize that topics frequently resonate across these four fields; now, mix and match the seminars that you attend!

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October 2019
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//lowell.png Digital History Seminar The World Comes to Lowell: Building a Digital Immigration History Website 17 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Robert Forrant, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ingrid Hess, University of Massachusetts Lowell Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee ...

Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee history of Lowell with an eye toward greater New England. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students created the website content and produced the motion graphics to present supporting photographs, maps, and links to additional resources. The site is designed to be a tool for educators and a resource for interested community members.

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February 2020
Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/Talya_image.jpg Digital History Seminar Historical Datasets as Arguments: 21st Century Curations of 17th Century Records 4 February 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Talya Housman, Digital Historian Using Dr. Housman’s experience of curating a relational database on cases of sexual crime and ...

Using Dr. Housman’s experience of curating a relational database on cases of sexual crime and gendered violence in England between 1642 and 1660 as a point of entry, this talk looks at some implicit editorial arguments we make in our historical research. This talk will outline the process of data collection, designing, and building the database (including software selection and database design choices) and discuss some of the issues posed by historical data itself, including standardization of spelling and how to document uncertainty.

Content warning: this talk discusses sexual violence

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Digital History Seminar The World Comes to Lowell: Building a Digital Immigration History Website 17 October 2019.Thursday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Robert Forrant, University of Massachusetts Lowell Ingrid Hess, University of Massachusetts Lowell Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020//lowell.png

Based at UMass Lowell, this digital project provides an entry point to the immigrant and refugee history of Lowell with an eye toward greater New England. An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students created the website content and produced the motion graphics to present supporting photographs, maps, and links to additional resources. The site is designed to be a tool for educators and a resource for interested community members.

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Digital History Seminar Historical Datasets as Arguments: 21st Century Curations of 17th Century Records 4 February 2020.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Talya Housman, Digital Historian Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Seminar_2019-2020/Talya_image.jpg

Using Dr. Housman’s experience of curating a relational database on cases of sexual crime and gendered violence in England between 1642 and 1660 as a point of entry, this talk looks at some implicit editorial arguments we make in our historical research. This talk will outline the process of data collection, designing, and building the database (including software selection and database design choices) and discuss some of the issues posed by historical data itself, including standardization of spelling and how to document uncertainty.

Content warning: this talk discusses sexual violence

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