Arkivets digitalisering: en ny udfordring til historisk metode?

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The archival landscape, which historians rely upon as a central research infrastructure, is changing; a change which has massive implications for the discipline of history. Digitization and online availability of collections and catalogues have been a priority for cultural heritage institutions for decades and studies have shown how historians use digitized sources extensively. Other studies, however, have also shown that historians do so without much consideration of the methodological impact these new digital practices have on their research. One way to challenge such lack of interest is to make better understanding of digital archives (and how to appropriately explore the possibilities they offer) a key methodological issue within our discipline.
This article contributes to the discussion of how archival digitization impacts historians. We demonstrate the urgency of the question in a Danish context by considering how the role of archives as co-producers of history has largely been ignored in the Nordic tradition of source criticism. Taking the Royal Danish Library’s digital aerial photograph archive as an example, we show how digital archives via their production, interface design, and technical set-up influence the ways in which historians understand and interact with the source materials that digital archives contain. In doing so, our findings contribute to the emerging understanding of the complex interplay of factors that shape digital archives and impact the work of historians.
Original languageDanish
JournalTEMP. Tidsskrift for historie
Pages (from-to)5-27
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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