This week’s #TrainingTuesday highlights a module coming from the teaching platform Ranke2 – Source Criticism in the Digital Age. It was developed at the C2DH, the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History at the University of Luxembourg, with the intention of teaching both lecturers and students how the use of digital technologies has impacted the practice of applying source criticism to historical data.
The basis of this lesson, David Boder: From Wire Recordings to Website, are the recordings that David Boder made in 1946 in order to preserve the history of the Holocaust. These recordings of interviews conducted with a wire recorder were made newly available when the interviews were digitised and published online in 2009.
As historians, we are confronted with an abundance of data in digital form that can be searched, annotated, analysed, presented and reused with the help of a broad array of digital tools. But what do we know about how digital technology affects the artefactual and informational value of a source?
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