Applied Computing for History


a) Be aware of the historical significance of the diffusion of new technologies in today´s society and the changes introduced in the work of the historian.
b) Being able to search, select and work historical documents in digital format.
c) Learning to use the resources available on the Internet relevant for the work of the historian: archives, libraries, databases, and online publications.
d) Explore digital tools for managing and presenting information.
e) Using a geographical information system to collect and analyze historical information

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Paulo Nuno Gouveia Vicente


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2005, pp. 12-17
Cohen, Daniel J.; Rosenzweig, Roy, Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web,
Gregory, Ian, A place in history: A guide to using GIS in historical research, Oxford, Oxbow Books, 2003.
Schreibman, Susan; Siemens, Ray; Unsworth, John (ed.), A companion to Digital Humanities, Oxford, Blackwell Publishing,

Teaching method

Practical teaching, supported when necessary by theoretical expositions. Classes take place in computer equiped rooms, where there is one machine per student. Learning based on individual exercises performed in class, and in work done outside the classroom.

Evaluation method

small laboratory work in the classroom(20%), small laboratory work in the classroom(25%), project work done in the classroom, and partly outside in an autonomous way(55%)

Subject matter

1. Introduction:
The Information Society in Historical Perspective
The history of the application of computing in History
Reflections on History and Computing:
Sources, methodologies, collaborative work and plagiarism

2. The Internet and the historian:
Search, selection and evaluation of digital content
Sources of information:
Digital archives, libraries, repositories and databases

3. Management and presentation of digital information:
Management of bibliographic information
Methodologies for graphical representation of data

4. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and historical research:
Introduction to the concept of Historical-GIS
Introduction to GIS software:
Work environment, basic tools and spatial analysis tools
Space and time. Exploration of a case study of Historical-GIS:
Collecting and processing data
Integration and data analysis
Production of maps


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