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Digital Reconstruction in Historical Research and Its Implications for Virtual Research Environments

  • Juliane Stiller
  • Dirk Wintergrün
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10025)

Abstract

This articles deals with (digital) reconstruction in historical research and reflects on the use of digital methods within the research cycle. For historians, reconstructions of varying degree, detail and focus are an invaluable research tool. We argue that different stages of reconstruction result in different reconstructed objects, outlining the implications in terms of publication, citation practices and the research cycle. The paper contends that these aspects need to be reflected in virtual research environments. The process of reconstruction needs to become transparent revealing the parameters of the different stages that resulted in the reconstructed product.

Keywords

Digital reconstruction Historical research Virtual research environments Digital humanities Digital methods Publications Research life cycle 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Klaus Thoden from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science for giving feedback on this article.

URLs quoted: The nature of this article made it necessary to quote a number of websites. We last checked all the links while finishing this article in July 2016. We chose URLs that we believe are stable enough to serve as examples for this article for a reasonable amount of time. We are in doubt about the sustainability of these references but think this only reiterates the importance of establishing a sustainable infrastructure for the (Digital) Humanities.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Berlin School of Library and Information ScienceHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for the History of Science BerlinBerlinGermany

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