Digitisation and Open Access resources are allowing historians across the world to find new insight into their data: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/making-history-online
This lecture will assess how recent innovations in making historical resources available online, and in the crowdsourcing and co-creation of research materials, have effectively reconfigured the relationship between the academy and the public. We can all be historians now.
Despite limitations, an online dialogue between academic history and the public is not only inevitable, but also desirable.
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/making-history-online
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Professor Tim Hitchcock
Professor Hitchcock is Professor of Digital History at the University of Sussex. Professor Hitchcock chairs the AHRC's Digital Transformations Working Group and sits on the AHRC Research Advisory Board, and the British Library Advisory Council.
Professor Robert Shoemaker
Professor Shoemaker is Professor of Eighteenth-Century British History at the University of Sheffield. He is currently co-director of The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925, an AHRC funded 'Digital Transformations' project.