Digital Historiography

According to Joshua Sternfeld, ‘Digital historiography’ is the interdisciplinary study of the interaction of digital technology with historical practice and is dedicated to the construction, use and evaluation of digital historical representations.

In fact, nowadays, the new technology affects history at every stadium, like for example research, preservation, pedagogy, and presentation and the historians had to think about developing new methods and theories that can complement the digital area in the historic field, but still preserved the “logic of inquiry” that has always accompanied the modern discipline of history. In fact, historiography in the expression “digital historiography” refers to this principle. And the term “digital” stands for a wide spectrum of media formats, tools, computational processes and visualization platforms. In short, digital historiography refers to the combination of archival theory with historiography and technical or computational supports.


STERNFELD, Joshua, “Archival Theory and Digital Historiography: Selection, Search, and Metadata as Archival Processes for Assessing Historical Contextualization”, in The American Archivist, Vol. 74, (Fall/Winter 2011).

STERNFELD, Joshua, “Historical Understanding in the Quantum Age”, in Journal of Digital Humanities, Vol. 3, No. 2. (Summer 2014). [Online] (Page consulted: 03.03.16; last updated: s.d.)

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