Digital Publishing and Sharing Research

I think as a whole, sharing research in this way, as a website, with the researched topics and thesis categorized and broken down is successful. The way that the authors in both The differences Slavery Made, and Digital history categorize their research makes the information more concise and readable, than an article or book. Long bodies, particularly columns of text, on the internet are difficult to read, the fact that you can’t turn a page, or have a natural break up or ability to step away from the text in the middle of it, makes most articles difficult. By using the categories, on the sidebar to see portions of text in relation to the thesis or the analysis or the resources they used gives you the ability to get right to the point of the text without having to scan through a long single column or scroll through a pdf file- which I would also argue is difficult to read. The way your eyes move on the page of a pdf file isn’t condusive to getting the most out of the text. I do believe that the digital history project was designed better than the differences slavery makes, I think that one needs to be updated.

The digital history project instead of focusing on one subject by one author hosts multiple authors and subjects articles all in one place, in a fairly well designed, and user friendly website. This is great, it’s using digital tools and technologies to host articles talking about digital history.

I feel like some of these things with digital publishing have become common thought. Some of the things they mention are everyday, like podcasts, wikis blogs, and the benefits to uploading your articles digitally. I think almost every in the class is comfortable with either reading, or creating digital articles and research in a variety of digital media. It has become something that is sort of assumed, because of the widespread nature of digital articles, and information. If you don’t publish your work digitally, there is more of a chance that your work will be overlooked, because it’s not as accessible. However, that doesn’t’ mean that just because you are publishing your work digitally that it will be successful.

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Nikki Reed: First year MA student in Public History. Interest in Digital Archiving, Art History, and Art.

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