Friday, November 21st 2008
The digitization of a growing portion of the historical record and the refinement of methods for searching, manipulating, and sharing digital resources is giving rise to new forms of historical analysis and scholarly communication. Dr. Cohen will examine the research practice of the historian in light of these new developments, highlighting several of the most important trends, including social and semantic computing, text mining, and visualization.
Dan Cohen is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Center for History and New Media. His research is in European and American intellectual history, the history of science (particularly mathematics), and the intersection of history and computing. At the Center for History and New Media he has co-directed, among other projects, the September 11 Digital Archive and Echo, and has developed software for scholars, teachers, and students, including the popular Zotero research tool.
Dr. Cohen is co-author of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web and author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith. He is an inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship.