Lecture: Dr. Ian Milligan, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo, Canada
The rise of the Web as a primary source will have deep implications for historians. It will affect our research — how we write and think about the past — and it will change how humanists and social scientists make sense of culture at scale. Scholars are entering an era when there will be more information than ever, left behind by people who rarely entered the historical record before. Web archives, repositories of archived websites dating back to 1996, will fundamentally transform scholarship, requiring a move towards computational methodologies and the digital humanities.
The talk explores this dramatic shift — and what is to be done about it — by arguing that using computers and algorithms to explore historical sources at scale will move from being a "nice to have" to a "must have." While the focus on the talk is on histories using the Web, the same can be true with using other large databases of historical evidence. In other words, historians studying these sorts of problems will soon need to be familiar with programming, coding, and thinking computationally. In this talk, I argue that this is not a marginal problem: the need to explore big data strikes to the core of historical scholarship.
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