Summer Project: Start a Digital History Toolbox

Katherine O’Flaherty looks at what a digital historian might be, how easy it can be to forget to try and use lots of tools and suggests building a digital history toolbox including six options for what might be included.

As you get started keep in mind that digital tools are just that…tools.  Some are powerful and will allow you to tap into sources you never even dreamed existed in ways you couldn’t have imagined a week ago. Tools that work for me might not work for you and tools that simplify one project complicate another.  You have to use your historical training and know-how when thinking about and assessing tools (digital or otherwise) much like you do evidence and argument.

In the toolbox