We are in an era that a communication revolution has taken place and it is changing the way we do historical scholarship and teaching. Because the medium is still so new in comparison to traditional modes of communication, and the technology is still rapidly changing, historians have only just begun to explore what history looks like in the digital medium. DH to me is an approach to examining and representing the past that works with the new communication technologies of the computer, the internet, and software systems. DH is to digitize the past, it is a way to create a framework through the technology for people to experience, read, and follow an argument about a major historical problem. Digitizing history requires interdisciplinary collaboration, cooperative initiatives that involve historians, programmers, information architects, designers, and publishers. According to Lisa Spiro’s in, https://digitalscholarship.wordpress.com/2011/10/14/getting-started-in-the-digital-humanities/ the steps to do digital humanities are as followed:
- Determining goal and finding motivation
- Becoming familiar with digital humanities
- Being involved in the digital humanities community
- Staying informed
- Seek inspiration in examples
- Pursue training
- Plan a pilot project
- Adapt/adopt existing tools where possible.
Although, she specifically refers to digital humanities (DH), but I think these step do apply to any digital project in any discipline. Any digital project requires a goal, I have talked about this step in my previous blogs, (Designing History III: Plan of Attack). The next three steps that she lists I think are the core of any project. The more familiar you are with the subject of a project more effective you can design the project to convey the intended information. By being involved you can identify the type of audience, which is one the most important web design principles. And by staying informed and pursuing ongoing training you would always convey recent and more relevant information to the audience.