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

Putnam, Lara (2014) The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED. (Submitted)

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      Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ahr/121.2.377

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      This working paper explores the consequences for historians' research practice of the twinned transnational and digital turns. The accelerating digitization of historians' sources (scholarly, periodical, and archival) and the radical shift in the granularity of access to information within them has radically changes historians' research practice. Yet this has incited remarkably little reflection regarding the consequences for individual projects or collective knowledge generation. What are the implications for international research in particular? This essay heralds the new kinds of historical knowledge-generation made possible by web access to digitized, text-searchable sources. It also attempts an accounting of all that we formerly, unwittingly, gained from the frictions inherent to international research in an analog world. What are the intellectual and political consequences of that which has been lost?


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      Putnam, Laralep12@pitt.edulep12@pitt.edu
      Title: The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast
      Status: Submitted
      Monograph Type: Working Paper
      Abstract:

      This working paper explores the consequences for historians' research practice of the twinned transnational and digital turns. The accelerating digitization of historians' sources (scholarly, periodical, and archival) and the radical shift in the granularity of access to information within them has radically changes historians' research practice. Yet this has incited remarkably little reflection regarding the consequences for individual projects or collective knowledge generation. What are the implications for international research in particular? This essay heralds the new kinds of historical knowledge-generation made possible by web access to digitized, text-searchable sources. It also attempts an accounting of all that we formerly, unwittingly, gained from the frictions inherent to international research in an analog world. What are the intellectual and political consequences of that which has been lost?

      Date: February 2014
      Date Type: Submission
      Access Restriction: No restriction; The work is available for access worldwide immediately.
      Patent pending: No
      Institution: University of Pittsburgh
      Department: History
      Refereed: No
      Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ahr/121.2.377
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      Additional Information: The author welcomes comments about this working paper. Please be in touch by e-mail at lep12@pitt.edu.
      Uncontrolled Keywords: historical methodology, digital history, transnational turn
      Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History
      Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 11:48
      Last Modified: 27 May 2016 10:43

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