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To wrap things up

After writing a variety of blogs for this course, I will end my blogging experience with this final entry. For this final blog, I would like to write out some of my thought about my experience of writing these blogs and I would like to take a brief look at the blogs that I have written. My blogging experience Blogging is not…

Writing history in the age of Big Data

Our age is truly the age of Big Data. Every day we tweet, write posts and upload photos to Facebook and Instagram and send messages through WhatsApp to keep in touch with our friends and relatives. While doing this, we might not be aware that we are constantly producing new data, thus only increasing the amount that is already out there. As…

Digitally preserving and reconstructing cultural heritage

In the last couple of years we have seen multiple instances in which cultural heritage was destroyed, either due to intentional destruction by humans or because of an unfortunate accident. In 2014 we saw terrorists destroying historical artefacts across Syria and Iraq, in 2018 the national museum of Brazil was heavily damaged in a large fire, and just this year both the…

Creating history through YouTube

In my article from last week, I wrote about the censorship of historical footage which was uploaded on YouTube. In that article I tried to explain why YouTube is popular with institutions for sharing historical footage. I mentioned that YouTube removed videos and even briefly suspended accounts that uploaded historical material. In this week’s blog I would like to take a more…

Youtube censorship

In June 2019, YouTube temporarily suspended the account of the archive of Alkmaar. Their reason? The archive uploaded historical footage on their account, including a few videos on World War II, which were considered inappropriate following updated YouTube guidelines. After national media coverage and multiple shout outs to YouTube, the archive managed to retrieve its account. An online discussion unfolded. Was YouTube…

Historians and GIS

In the field of history, GIS (Geographic Information System) is a well-known type of software. Already the term HGIS (the extra H stands for historical) is being coined to describe the usage of GIS by historians. So why do historians use it and what are its advantages? GIS in historical research For those who have never heard of GIS, I recommend to…