Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis gedigitaliseerd, 1886-2008: Een verkenning van de inhoud als pleidooi voor het bijeenbrengen van digitale en traditionele onderzoeksmethoden

Translated title of the contribution: The Dutch historical journal Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis digitized, 1886-2008: content exploration as a plea for combining digital and traditional research methods

Susan Hogervorst, Kees Ribbens

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Abstract

After the digitization of all issues of the Dutch historical journal Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis from 1886 till 2008, this article explores the content of this digital collection by applying two easily accessible digital methods: keyword search and word frequencies. It makes clear that interest in the nineteenth century has increased over time, while the seventeenth century has gradually become a less popular period in the Low Countries’ historiography. Furthermore, the assumed post-WWII dominance of British and American historiography over German historiography cannot be confirmed unequivocally using these methods. The article also discusses to what extent traditional historical research may benefit from digital methods. The authors demonstrate the limitations of a ‘deductive analysis’ of a text corpus when using a set of keywords, as the translation of a concept into search terms is often arbitrary and incomplete. An ‘inductive analysis’ based on word frequency offers a more genuine and varied impression of a text corpus. The authors underline the importance of including digital
methods in the regular toolkit of historians, and argue that working with digital tools challenges researchers and the way they conventionally handle their sources.
Translated title of the contributionThe Dutch historical journal Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis digitized, 1886-2008: content exploration as a plea for combining digital and traditional research methods
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)309-325
Number of pages17
JournalTijdschrift voor geschiedenis
Volume131
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
EventLancering digitaal archief 'Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 1886-2008' - Amsterdam University Press office, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 13 Oct 201713 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Digital history
  • text mining
  • word frequencies
  • histioriography
  • media analysis
  • history journals

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