Week 12: Public Historians and Shared Authority on the Web


April 18

Read and Discuss:

Leslie Madsen-Brooks, “I nevertheless am a historian”: Digital Historical Practice and Malpractice around Black Confederate Soldiers, Writing History in the Digital Age , Spring 2012 version.

“Grappling with the Concept of Radical Trust,” History News, (July 2010)

Tim Causer, Justin Tonra, and Valerie Wallace, “Transcription Maximized; Expense Minimized? Crowdsourcing and editing //The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham// in Literary and Linguistic Computing 27:2 (2012)

Trevor Owens, Crowdsourcing Cultural Heritage: The Objectives are Upside Down, Trevor Owens’ blog, Mar. 2012.


Blog post:

Go to the National Archives and Records Administration Citizen Archivist website and experiment with one of the tasks.  Blog about your experience and the Citizen Archivist project as a whole.

One thought on “Week 12: Public Historians and Shared Authority on the Web”

  1. Looking at many of these sites we see how complete they look with all the connections and links. The time to open many of these like the History Matters course involves a lot of waiting time tho using dsl. Hard to believe we can complete sites as inventive as suggested by Ayers. i do agree that the future of history has to acquire the flash and depth of knowledge but do I see the subject of a paper having so much technologies developed that one is lost in the graphics and misses the point?

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