“Digital Humanities meet Public History”
On June 26, the ITS (International Tracing Service) in Arolsen hosts an event on Digital Humanities and Public History:
"Wie können Gedenkinitiativen und lokale Erinnerungsgruppen von digitalen Methoden profitieren? Der International Tracing Service (ITS) veranstaltet am 26. Juni 2018 einen Themenabend zu den Chancen und Möglichkeiten neuer Medien für eine zeitgemäße Ansprache jüngerer Menschen."
Source: ITS, 2018
Manuel Burghardt will be giving a talk on how to create public history projects in the GLAM sector (galleries, archives, libraries, museums).
The talk is intended for a non-technical audience, i.e. there will be many “low-tech” examples for tools and strategies that can be used by anybody who is interested in creating digital public history projects. Furthermore, two participants from last years Cod1ng Da V1nc1 Hackathon” will present their projects:
- “Marbles of Remembrance” (Nina Hentschel)
- “Visualisierung jüdischen Lebens” (Stefan Bartsch)
Further Reading on Public History
"Public history and history didactics are two subfields of history that focus on reaching the world outside the academy. Both put an emphasis on “practicing” history while at the same time grounding practice on theoretical reflection and empirical research, with the ultimate goal of developing the most effective strategies of reaching diverse audiences to enhance historical knowledge and understanding."
Source: Dean, D. & Wodjon, J. (2017). Public History and History Didactics – A Conversation. Public History Weekly. DeGruyter.
- Kelley, R. (1978). Public History: Its Origins, Nature, and Prospects. In The Public Historian, Vol. 1 No. 1, Autumn, 1978; (pp. 16-28) DOI: 10.2307/3377666
- Public History Weekly (Open Access Blog-Journal, De Gruyter)
Digital Tools and Strategies for Public History Projects
The following tools and strategies are organized according to different levels of technical difficulty, including social media platforms, online exhibitions, mobile apps and even augmented reality experiences.
- Article / Podcast on the British National Museum: How a World-Class Museum Inspires Millions of Followers on Social Media
Web Development: Omeka und Storymap
- Download Omeka
- Omeka Geolocation Plugin
- Omeka Tutorial (“programming historian”)
- More extensions: Storymap
- Cordova (convert Web-Apps to native Apps)
- MIT AppInventor (online tool for the creation of Android Apps)
- Android SDK (programming environment for Android Apps)
- Layar (commercial, no programming needed)
- ZapWorks (commercial, no programming needed)
- AR.js (open source framework for AR Web Apps)
- Google ARCore (framework for native AR Apps)
Related talks and publications
- Burghardt, M. (2017). Using Virtual Reality as a Means for Knowledge Transfer in Museum Exhibitions. Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH 2017), Staatsbibliothek Berlin.
- Burghardt, M. (2017). Designing a Digital Museum Catalog App for Tailored Exhibition Experiences. Interdisciplinary Conference on Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH 2017), Staatsbibliothek Berlin.
- Dechant, M. & Burghardt, M. (2015). Virtuelle Rekonstruktion des Regensburger Ballhauses. In Book of Abstracts, DHd 2015.