Monthly Archives: October 2015

Corpus selection

A crucial part of digital history lies in selecting corpuses. Corpuses can be created to avoid biases (see for example Blaxhill’s paper: Blaxhill constructs a corpus to be defensible – ie non-biased and complete enough – so that he can defend using computer analysis done on it). Our claim, in the case of a newspaper […]

Trust in Numbers

I guess every field has to work out how to deal with the uncertainties that it (or its system of knowledge production) faces. Lisa Jardine is absolutely correct that historians are too accepting of the completeness of their archives. You can never absolutely know if an archive is complete, randomly sampled, or biased. But this […]

A problem with digital history

That digital history is subject to the same problems as both digital things and history starts it necessarily at a disadvantage. It has to present very good arguments for being more useful than existing historical methods, for example, so that the disadvantages brought to history by its digital nature are outweighed by the advantages. In […]

Response to workshop comments

Our workshop was great, and thank you everyone for your comments on my paper. I was asked a few good questions, which with some time to consider I’d like to answer now. Black Boxes What is the black box here? Perhaps an unfortunate use of term because in each field it brings different baggage with […]