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HIST 426 – Using Digital Texts as Historical Sources

Today for the DH MA class, I took students to visit the Lancaster University Library and to meet with the team responsible for digitisation. Students had the opportunity to receive guidance on how to digitise and observed an eighteenth-century letter book being scanned and OCR’d. In my lecture, students learnt about the possibilities and limitations of digitisation, OCR, and file management. I used a number of case studies, including the work I did on early twentieth-century Lancaster, to demonstrate the possibilities of digital methodologies in historical research.

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