Memory

According to the Chambers English Dictionary, memory has several meanings, its etymology rooted in the fourteenth-century French word ‘memorie’ which stems from the Latin memor , meaning ‘mindful’. In the first instance, the wordmemory means ‘the ability of the mind to remember’, which might have particular relevance to oral history and assessing the different types of subjects’ memories (e.g. ‘semantic’, ‘episodic’, ‘flashbulb’, Abrams, 2010), since many recorded interviews for this purpose are now digitally available. However, in relation to digitalhistoriography it is chiefly concerned with the capacity of information technology to contain and retain vast quantities of material, thus it is defined in theChambers English Dictionary as ‘the part of a computer that is used to store data and programs’. Thus the implication here is that, in terms of digital humanities, ‘memory’ is relevant to the digital availability of many sources required for research, for example through websites and e-books.

Abrams, L. 2010, Oral History Theory, Oxford, Routledge. http://www.chambers.co.uk/search.php?query=memory&title=21st(accessed 29.02.2016)

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