Digital Research Platforms go one step further than the archives we discussed in the previous session. They make primary sources available but also provide computational tools for their exploration and aggregation: Ranging from annotations to network visualisations they want to offer their users innovative ways to do their research beyond project-specific questions. Does this work? And can tools become arguments, as some scholars claim? How have advances in technology changed Digital Research Platforms?
- ORBIS, http://orbis.stanford.edu/
- Pelagios, http://pelagios-project.blogspot.com/
- Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States (Travel maps..), http://dsl.richmond.edu/historicalatlas/
- Lab1100 / SpInTime, http://spinnet.eu/spintimemappings
- Circulation of Knowledge and Learned Practices in the 17th-century Dutch Republic, http://ckcc.huygens.knaw.nl/epistolarium/
- League of Nations Search Engine (vis. might cause trouble), http://www.lonsea.de/pub
Questions to consider
What does the platform (claim to) do? Which sources are used?
Who are the target audiences?
How transparent is the tool for non-technical users?
How can they trust the output and put their scholarly reputation on the line?
How does the platform unite primary sources and analysis?
How flexible are users to work with primary sources?
Which tools does it use (e.g. networks, timelines, maps)?
How could this become part of a digital/traditional piece of historical research?
How could one cite data obtained from the platform?
How could this become part of a digital/traditional piece of history teaching?
Does it allow users cross-reference output with other tools/sources?
(How) has the platform been used outside the DH community (publications teaching)?
Other interesting platforms
- CUbRIK, http://www.cubrikproject.eu/
- Lacuna Stories, http://www.lacunastories.com/
- Mapping the Republic of Letters, http://republicofletters.stanford.edu/
- Visualizing Emancipation, http://dsl.richmond.edu/emancipation/
- Mining the Dispatch, http://dsl.richmond.edu/emancipation/
- RemDoc, http://remdoc.huygens.knaw.nl/
Tools of the day (Patrick)
- What is Linked data?