History in the Age of Abundance?: How the Web Is Transforming Historical Research by Ian MilliganHistory in the Age of Abundance?: How the Web Is Transforming Historical Research by Ian Milligan

History in the Age of Abundance?: How the Web Is Transforming Historical Research

byIan Milligan

Paperback | March 28, 2019

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Believe it or not, the 1990s are history. As historians turn to study this period and beyond, they will encounter a historical record that is radically different from what has ever existed before. Old websites, social media, blogs, photographs, and videos are all part of the massive quantities of digital information that technologists, librarians, archivists, and organizations such as the Internet Archive have been collecting for the past three decades. In History in the Age of Abundance? Ian Milligan argues that web-based historical sources and their archives present extraordinary opportunities as well as daunting technical and ethical challenges for historians. Through case studies, he outlines the approaches, methods, tools, and search functions that can help a historian turn web documents into historical sources. He also considers the implications of the size and scale of digital sources, which amount to more information than historians have ever had at their fingertips, and many of which are by and about people who have traditionally been absent from the historical record. Scrutinizing the concept of the web and the mechanics of its archives, Milligan explains how these new media challenge, reshape, and enrich both the historical profession and the historical record. A wake-up call for historians of the twenty-first century, History in the Age of Abundance? is an essential introduction to the way web archives work, what possibilities they open up, what risks they entail, and what the shift to digital information means for historians, their professional training and organization, and society as a whole.
Ian Milligan is associate professor of history at the University of Waterloo.
Title:History in the Age of Abundance?: How the Web Is Transforming Historical ResearchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 28, 2019Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0773556974

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Editorial Reviews

"The entire context of historical scholarship is changing, and historians are not ready. This is not just an issue for those who study the most recent 30 years of history but a concern for all historians. As a discipline we have little handle on dealing with either the bounty of born-digital sources, nor do we understand the algorithms that drive much discovery in digital and digitized sources. The further we get from the inception of the World Wide Web in 1991 the more of a problem this becomes. With this important book, Milligan does historians now and in the future a vital service. Part history of the internet, part practical guide to how to manage the vastness of sources from the web, History in the Age of Abundance is a must read for all historians as digital historical records become ever more present. The future of the past is in jeopardy, and Milligan's book will help historians defend against the coming digital dark age." Seth Denbo, American Historical Association