Digital practices in the field of history have become more and more widespread in recent decades, but contemporary historians have often tended to remain on the sidelines of this trend. This book, which covers a wide range of digital practices, tools and methods, will serve both as a solid grounding for historians keen to learn how information technology can be applied to contemporary history, and as a useful tool for researchers and lecturers who already have a degree of experience in this area. It will enable scholars to compare and further their practices in the area of digital humanities, providing a comprehensive vision of the emerging field of digital history.
1 AOMS Digital archive of objects and of scientific iconographic materials. A Web platform, made in December 2009 by the National Centre for the Digitisation of Visual Sources (CN2SV) in association with the techno- logical platform of the Research Centre in History of Sciences and Techniques (CAK-CRHST), is intended for publishing research instru- ments securing access to digitalised or digital iconographic corpora. The research instruments are in XML format and use the internation- al EAD standard (for Encoded Archival Description). This platform, which is part of the CN2SV information system, is available to the CNRS research centres, to collective research projects (EU, ANR), documentation centres and research libraries. It is in line with the ADONIS Scholar Infrastructure, where the CN2SV is an operator, and the implementation of a preservation, stor- age and availability infrastructure for iconographic digital documents in scientific research. API An Application Programming Interface (API) is an interface imple- mented by a software program to enable its interaction with other soft- ware. APIs are implemented by applications, libraries and operating systems to determine the vocabulary and calling conventions [excerpt from Wikipedia]. Archeogrid The 3D Technological Platform (PFT3D) of the Ausonius Institute is a structure recognised at national level by the CNRS. It is specialised in the use of 3D technologies in heritage research and more particularly in archaeology. The PFT3D with the assistance of the Aquitaine Regional Council has hence taken the initiative of creating a National Conservatory for heritage 3D data (Archeogrid). 1 The editors would like...
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