Dr. Sandra Toffolo presents EHPS at #IFPH2014, University of Amsterdam, October 23-25
Saturday October 25, 9.00-10.30 at the University of Amsterdam during the 1st International Conference organized by the International Federation for Public History (IFPH-FIHP) Public History in a Digital World – The Revolution Reconsidered (October, 23-25 2014, location: P.C. Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam) Dr.Sandra Toffolo (NL) will present EHPS. The title of her contribution to the panel is: Publicly available digital historical sources and their users: the case of the European History Primary Sources (EHPS) Portal at the European University Institute. Francesca Morselli (IRL), Jakub Benes (UK)and Pavlina Bobic (UK) complete the panel and will show CENDARI and the Archival Research Guides. Historical Research in a Digital Research Infrastructure.
EHPS Abstract: The digital turn has caused an ever-growing quantity of digital sources to be easily available to historians. However, it has also brought with it a series of new questions regarding research methods and output. One of these questions is how to find relevant sources in the nearly endless amount of material available on the internet. Portals for digital sources can play an important role in this, but it is crucial to critically assess the ways in which they can carry out this role. This paper takes the European History Primary Sources (EHPS) Portal as a case study. This is a searchable index, created in 2009 on initiative of the European University Institute, of scholarly digital repositories that contain primary sources for the history of Europe from the Middle Ages to the present. First, I will discuss the structure of EHPS. Following this, I will analyse the ways in which this portal is used, as indicated both by statistics of the website and the connected social media, as well by as the results of a user survey. Which are the goals of the users of the portal, and how do they use it? I will use these data to provide some reflections on the role that digital public history can play in the future of historical research and in the engaging of various audiences.