How’s changing the writing of history?

• metahistory
• theory of history
• process of writing (‘writing publicly’ including comments)

input: What we learned from 5 million books

quantitative/qualitative discourse analysis (google n-grams, JSTORE – Data for Research) -> project Peter Haber, Universität Basel

what kinds of texts will be published in what way, how will we write, will there be collaborative work…?
• process of writing, to much input, to much distraction?
• small pieces of publication
• New kinds of text?
• “schwebendes schreiben”

2 levels:
• usage of dh tools for collaborative writing, peer-review, etc.

• what is possible in the academic sphere, what is accepted and what is not? how does it affect your academic career? (collaborative writing: problem of authorship: more like coordinating than authoring), what can people publish on blogs?

Blogging can change the whole writing process, because you are affected by comments
people already comment on each others work, but it is usually never as public as when it is published on a blog, it is usually informal conversation -> this is also possible using digital
technology (closed work groups: piratepad, googledocs)
Mills Kelly is now working on a project where material is published and comments of people are used in his own work -> how do you acknowledge those people?

How is this situation solved in universities today: are people encouraged to collaborate? Usually at university, professors don’t encourage students to write papers together
(using digital technology or not: problem of authorship)

Digital Storytelling:
Project Past Perfect
Welt der Habsburger

more kind of media (video, audio, …) that can be integrated into writing

One form of narration
A Vision of students today: project film by michael wesch (anthropologist)

Today: more fragmented storytelling (more short stories?)?

Docupedia: interactive encyclopedia on contemporary history (intended)

but people don’t want to review their materials again and again, so no collaboration
actually it should have been an online only version, but out of this evolved the idea of putting it into a textbook
Printed version: Handbuch für Zeitgeschichte

Hacking the Academy
taking people together and write a book during one week
now an e-publication and print on demand
aggregation project (also using materials that had already been published)

Writing History in the Digital Age
-> “Invitation to our Open Peer Review”
New collaborative art of writing history: less rivalry and more partnership


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