Clio Wired

An Introduction to History & New Media

Week 4

Databases and Search

  1. Lev Manovich,  “Database as a Genre of New Media,” AI & Society 14 (2000)
  2. Tim Hitchcock, “Digital Searching and the Re-formulation of Historical Knowledge,” The Virtual Representation of the Past, eds Mark Greenglass and Lorna Hughes (2008)
  3. Patrick Spedding, ““The New Machine”: Discovering the Limits of ECCO,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 44, 4 (Summer 2011): 437-453
  4. Caleb McDaniel, “The Digital Early Republic,” (2011)
  5. James Mussell, ‘Doing and Making: History as Digital Practice’, History in the Digital Age, edited by Toni Weller (London: Routledge, 2013), 79-94
  6. Lara Putnam, “The Transnational and the Text‐Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast,” (preprint, 2014)
  7. Bob Nicholson, “The Digital Turn,” Media History 19, 1 (2013): 59-73
Discussion Leader: Eric Gonzaba


Examine the use of databases of digital sources in articles in the last three years of issues from a journal in your field: how does that usage relate to the arguments made in this week’s readings?

1 comment for “Week 4

  1. September 22, 2014 at 3:26 am

    1. Did this week’s readings change your ideas about what databases are? That is, what the heck is Lev Manovich trying to say?

    2. What did you make of the use of databases as primary sources in Caleb McDaniel’s blog post? What are the pros and cons to such an approach?
    3. Tim Hitchcock suggests that the use of databases and digital searching is a threat to the traditional historical discipline. How do databases change our field and how can do we adapt to these changes?
    4. What does James Mussell mean that in our new digital era, we must change our focus “from document to data?”

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