Critically evaluates the virtual representation of the past through digital media. This title features experts in the field who approach digital research in history and archaeology from a variety of viewpoints, including philosophical, methodological and technical.
Introduction, Mark Greengrass; Part I Virtual Representation of Text: The imaging of historical documents, Andrew Prescott; Restoration and manuscript archaeology, Meg Twycross; Representations of sources and data: working with exceptions to hierarchy in historical documents, Donald Spaeth.; Part II Virtual Histories and Pre-Histories: Finding Meanings: Finding needles in haystacks. Data-mining in distributed historical datasets, Fabio Ciravegna, Mark Greengrass, Tim Hitchcock, Sam Chapman, Jamie McLaughlin and Ravish Bagdev; Digital searching and the re-formulation of historical knowledge, Tim Hitchcock; Using computer-assisted qualitative data-analysis software in historical research, Caroline Bowden; Stepping back from the trench edge: an archaeological perspective on the development of standards for recording and publication, Julian Richards and Catherine Hardman.; Part III The Virtual representation of Place and Time: Which? What? When? On the virtual representation of time, Manfred Thaller; 'In the kingdom of the blind': visualization and e-science in archaeology, the arts and humanities, Vince Gaffney; Using geographical information systems to explore space and time in the humanities, Ian Gregory; Spatial technologies in archaeology in the 21st century, Paul Cripps.; Part IV The Virtual Representation of Historical Objects and Events: Digital atrefacts: possibilities and purpose, David Arnold; 'Oh, to make the boards to speak! There's a task!' Towards a poetics of paradata, Richard Beacham; Electronic corpora of artefacts: the example of the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland, Anna Bentkowska-Kafel; Conclusion: virtual representation of the past: new research methods, tools and communities of practice, Lorna Hughes; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.