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Digital Source Criticism

The combination of the three terms, ‘digital’, ‘source’ and ‘criticism’ refers to the need to apply a key principle for the professional historian - the critical assessment of the origin, authenticity and value of a historical source - to the digitised and digital born sources that are currently available on the web. This asks for a basic understanding of the transformation process from analog to digital, the creation process of digital born data, the publication of this information on the web, and the computational mechanisms to retrieve this information that are performed by search engines.


  • Exploring Historical Newspapers in the Digital Age

    Newspapers are imperfect recorders of history, yet they are a key asset for historical research. This lesson deals with how digitised newspapers that are available online change the way historians use newspapers as historical sources, and ask new skills for applying source criticism.
  • Data Journalism and AI: New frontiers in investigation and storytelling

    Data is now an indispensable part of investigative work and storytelling for journalists and newsrooms. Computational methods and artificial intelligence are making their way to newsrooms more than ever before, and promise to open up new opportunities for journalists, as well as new challenges. This talk provides an overview of how data and Artificial Intelligence can be used in the journalism workflow, investigative reporting and storytelling.
  • Has Anyone Cited A Woman?

    Women have long been under-represented in science, but their output appears to be often under-represented in citations. In this talk, presented as part of the DAIRAH Friday Frontiers webinar series, Sally Wyatt (Maastricht University) addresses how to achieve citational justice.