Applied Computing for History


A) To know the main debates on digital history and digital humanities
B) Discuss the digital transformation in today's society and its impact on the historian's work
C) To be able to search, select, evaluate and analyze historical sources in digital format
D) Learn to use resources available on the Internet that are relevant from the historian's point of view
E) Explore relevant digital tools for the several stages of the historian's work

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Daniel Ribeiro Alves


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





Alves, D. (2016). Humanidades Digitais e Investigação Histórica em Portugal: Perspectiva e discurso (1979-2015). Práticas da História. Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past, 1(2), 89–116.
Alves, D. (2014). Introduction: Digital methods and tools for historical research. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 8(1), 1–12.
Blaney, J., Milligan, S., Steer, M., & Winters, J. (2021). Doing digital history: A beginner’s guide to working with text as data. Manchester University Press.
Crymble, A. (2021). Technology and the Historian: Transformations in the Digital Age. University of Illinois Press.
Greengrass, M., & Hughes, L. (Orgs.). (2008). The Virtual Representation of the Past. Ashgate.
Salmi, H. (2020). What is Digital History?. Polity.
Schreibman, S., Siemens, R., & Unsworth, J. (Eds.). (2016). A New Companion to Digital Humanities. John Wiley & Sons.

Teaching method

Theoretical/practical teaching, framed, when necessary, by lectures and debates. Classes take place in classrooms equipped with computers and Internet access, and students are encouraged to use their laptops and mobile communication devices. The learning will be based on readings and debates, on the realization of individual practical exercises and on the elaboration of a collaborative project work, under the guidance of the teacher.

Evaluation method

Evaluation Methodologies - critical discussion text on the introductory themes of the program(30%), elaboration of a collaborative project work that puts into practice the knowledge acquired in at least two of the three final modules related to the introduction of the digital methods(70%)

Subject matter

1. Introduction:
1.1. The History of Digital History and Digital Humanities
1.2. Digital transformation and the historian's work
1.3. Sources, open data and collaborative work in the Digital Era
2. The Internet and the historian:
2.1. Research, selection and evaluation of digital content: archives, libraries, databases, repositories and digital infrastructures
2.2. Data organization and management
3. Historian's tools in the Digital Age:
3.1. Programming for accessing and analysing historical data
3.2. Analysis and visualization of time and space
3.3. Creation and curation of digital archives


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