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"Webs of Significance": The Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project, New Technology, and the Democratization of History

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dc.contributor.author VandeCreek, Drew
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-07T15:33:39Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-07T15:33:39Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Digital Humanities Quarterly (Spring 2007) v1 n1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/13146
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10843/13146
dc.description open-source publication en_US
dc.description.abstract Lincoln/Net (http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu), a product of the Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project at Northern Illinois University Libraries, represents a new type of historically oriented digital library resource. Like many other digital libraries, it contains a large amount of searchable primary source materials. Like a number of other historically oriented online resources, project staff have organized Lincoln/Net around a specific topic, in this case Abraham Lincoln’s life and times in antebellum Illinois. In addition to Lincoln’s own papers, the project’s databases contain resources shedding light on his context, including letters, diaries, and publications prepared by his peers. Unlike most historically oriented digital libraries however, the project Web site also includes a wealth of multimedia materials, including image, sound, video, and interactive map resources. But Lincoln/Net is perhaps most unique in that it furnishes its users with an extensive set of interpretive materials. This approach suggests that historians may play an expanding role in the development of digital libraries. It can also provide them with a badly-needed means of communicating with an audience beyond their own scholarly community and students. This communication can facilitate what one digital history pioneer has described as the “democratization of history,” as defined by an expanded user group enjoying primary source materials and using them to engage in historical thinking [Ayers 1999, 1]. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organization en_US
dc.subject digital humanities en_US
dc.subject digital libraries en_US
dc.subject Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project en_US
dc.title "Webs of Significance": The Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project, New Technology, and the Democratization of History en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.altlocation.uri http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/001/1/000003/000003.html# en_US


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