The Digitization of history project was started in May 2007 by a group of graduate students, faculty, and visiting faculty at the University of Cambridge, and is supported by the Centre for History and Economics at Harvard University and at King's College Cambridge. It seeks to encourage discussion of the consequences of new uses of information for historians, and to explore new ways of increasing access to archives and other sources of information.
Minutes from a meeting with Google Books 19 July 2007
In July 2007, Robert Watson and Leigh Denault (Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge), and Professor Anthony Grafton (Princeton) met with a member of the Google Book Search team at Google's London offices to discuss the implications of large-scale digitization projects on the practice of history. The wide-ranging conversation covered issues from the technology of scanning and the management of large digital archives to the social implications of information accessibility. We have reported on the conversation here as an introduction to some of the issues facing commercial and academic digitization projects today.
Digital resources for historical research - 1 8 May 2007 The first in a series of meetings to discuss the opportunities, shortcomings, and future development of new digital resources took place in Trinity Hall on 8 May 2007. The object of the meeting was to begin a conversation about the role of electronic archives in historical research, to identify important issues for future consideration (for example, new possibilities, technical limitations, cost and inequality of access, ease of use, concerns about future availability, access to resources in languages other than English), and to reflect on how we might think about these challenges as a scholarly community.
Digital resources for historical research - 2 8 June 2007 The second in a series of meetings to discuss the opportunities, shortcomings, and future development of new digital resources was held at King’s College on 8 June 2007. These conversations have been initiated and encouraged through the Centre’s work in connection with the Cambridge-Harvard Mellon programme on exchanges of economic and political ideas. Professor Anthony Grafton of Princeton University participated in the meeting.