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a born-digital, open-review volume edited by Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki

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University of Michigan Press

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Has the digital revolution transformed how we write about the past — or not? Have new technologies changed our essential work-craft as scholars, and the ways in which we think, teach, author, and publish? Does the digital age have broader implications for individual writing processes, or for the historical profession at large? Explore these questions in Writing History in the Digital Age, an open peer-reviewed volume published in open-access online format (for free) and in print (for sale) from the University of Michigan Press, as part of its Digital Humanities Series and the digitalculturebooks imprint.

See also the open peer review editions with commentary below:

  • Spring 2012 – Revised set of 20 essays, plus Introduction and NEW Conclusions
  • Fall 2011  - Open peer review of 28 essays, with 945 comments from readers and reviewers
  • Summer 2011 – Open call for essay ideas, with over 60 contributions and 261 comments

See also the PressBooks preview chapters edition, and learn more about the PressBooks open-source publishing tool.

TypewriterEssays in the Spring 2012 version:

Introduction, by Kristen Nawrotzki and Jack Dougherty

Part 1: Re-Visioning Historical Writing

Is (Digital) History More Than An Argument about the Past?, by Sherman Dorn

Pasts in a Digital Age, by Stefan Tanaka

Part 2: The Wisdom of Crowds(ourcing)

“I nevertheless am a historian”: Digital Historical Practice and Malpractice around Black Confederate Soldiers, by Leslie Madsen-Brooks

The Historian’s Craft, Popular Memory, and Wikipedia, by Robert Wolff

The Wikiblitz: A Wikipedia Editing Assignment in a First Year Undergraduate Class, by Shawn Graham

Wikipedia and Women’s History: A Classroom Experience, by Martha Saxton

Part 3: Practice What You Teach (and Teach What You Practice)

Towards Teaching the Introductory Course, Digitally, by Tom Harbison and Luke Waltzer

Learning How to Write Traditional and Digital History, by Adrea Lawrence

Teaching Wikipedia without Apologies, by Amanda Seligman

Part 4: Writing with the Needles from Your Data Haystack

Historical Research and the Problem of Categories: Reflections on 10,000 Digital Notecards, by Ansley Erickson

Creating Meaning in a Sea of Information: The Women and Social Movements Sites, by Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin

The Hermeneutics of Data & Historical Writing, by Fred Gibbs and Trevor Owens

Part 5: See What I Mean? Visual, Spatial, and Game-based History

Visualizations and Historical Arguments, by John Theibault

Putting Harlem on the Map, by Stephen Robertson

Pox and the City: Challenges in Writing a Digital History Game, by Laura Zucconi, Ethan Watrall, Hannah Ueno, and Lisa Rosner

Part 6: Public History on Web: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Writing Chicana/o History with the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, by Oscar Rosales Castaneda

Citizen Scholars: Facebook and the Co-Creation of Knowledge, by Amanda Sikarskie

The HeritageCrowd Project: A Case Study in Crowdsourcing Public History, by Shawn Graham, Guy Massie and Nadine Feuerherm

Part 7: Collaborative Writing: Yours, Mine, and Ours

The Accountability Partnership: Writing and Surviving in the Digital Age, by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela and Sarah Manekin

Only Typing? Informal Writing, Blogging and the Academy, by Alex Sayf Cummings and Jonathan Jarrett

Conclusions: What We Learned from Writing History in the Digital Age, by Jack Dougherty, Kristen Nawrotzki, Charlotte Rochez, and Timothy Burke

We encourage you to share reflections about the process in the General Comments section. All commenters must use their full names.  –Co-editors Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki (email or follow us on Twitter or RSS feed)