Each teaching module addresses a different kind of datatype and perspective on digital source criticism

From the archival to the digital turn

photos / letters / emails

Curated by Stefania Scagliola

Lesson on how the method of source criticism has been affected by the digital turn and what this means for the practice of students who study humanities disciplines and conduct research.

tags: digitisation , digital source criticism , digitised photos , digitised letters , emails , digitised audio interviews , Leopold von Ranke , internal and external source criticism

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Social Media and Historians

social media / personal documents

Curated by Stefania Scagliola, Jordan Ricker and Emmanuel Decker

Lesson on how to deal with the abundance of digital born data, with regard to research, reaching out to audiences, teaching, and preservation strategies, using social media as a case study.

tags: social media , preservation , decontextualisation , copyright , open access , multimodality , youth culture , digital pedagogy

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David Boder: from wire recordings to website

audiovisual / interviews

Curated by Stefania Scagliola

A lesson about how the collection of interviews with concentration camp survivors created by psychologist David Boder in 1946 was turned into an interactive website in 2000 and 2009.

tags: holocaust studies , history of communication technology , media studies , oral history

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The Web as a historical source; what historians need to know

web history / web technology / the archived web

Curated by Stefania Scagliola, Jordan Ricker and Valérie Schafer

Lesson about the fundamentals of the web and web archiving for historians.

tags: web technology , the archived web , holocaust studies , source criticism , digital archives , preservation

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Transformation; how the digital creates new realities

images / digitised portraits / paintings / collages

Curated by Stefania Scagliola and Jordan Ricker

A lesson about how digital technology has stirred our imagination and enabled us to create new realities. At the same time we need to be sceptical about the merits of an all-encompassing digital lifestyle.

tags: digital technology , manipulation , transformation , remix , illusions , copies

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From the shelf to the web, exploring historical newspapers in the digital age.


Curated by Marten Düring, Estelle Bunout and Stefania Scagliola

Lesson about the digitisation and exploration of digital newspapers

tags: digitisation of newspapers , digital source criticism , optical character recognition , search engines , interface

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