Gaming and History

This week’s readings regarding gaming and history link back to our previous discussion about public history and how to balance the demands of the public and our own ethical concerns about accuracy and thorough historical research as academics. Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell argues in his debate with Kevin Kee that the entire concept of “serious games” […]

Why so serious?

My reaction to The Leisure of Serious Games: A Dialogue is frustration to Geoffrey M. Rockwell’s negative stance (that games cannot be serious) and agreement with Kevin Kee’s position on how games can indeed be serious. Being a digital native and an avid player of games, I initially leaned towards the games-cannot-serious camp. This is because many […]

Quantitative Historical Data and Visualization

This week’s readings deal with two separate but interconnected issues. The first is an implicit discussion on the shift towards quantitative historical data and their ability to represent historical narratives in a different approach to using words. The second is the the visualization of that data and the effect of visual forms in the historical […]

A story of a graph

The readings today all deal with a rather interesting historical medium – that of visualization of data through things like graphs and trees. I, of course, have had to deal with various graphs and tables when studying history but for me they were always too close to the realm of exact sciences such as mathematics […]

GIS and postmodern scholarship?

In History and GIS: Implications for the Discipline, David Bodenhamer suggests that one reason for historians’ hesitation to use technology in their research is due to the non-ambiguous nature of computers. History, he suggests, uses narrative in ways which are inherently ambiguous- historians can use a variety of techniques to draw attention to or away […]

Website Review: The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Project

  URL: http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/about/deadseascroll/ The Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Project is an online collaborative project between the Israel Museum and the Google Cultural Institute that allows users to learn the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are ancient Hebrew texts founded in the Quorum Caves at the Judean Desert during the mid-twentieth century. The website […]

Visualization and the Public

Graphs and maps in particular have always been daunting to me. The more complex and cluttered they are, the more I tend to ignore the image and read the text underneath. Adding onto my mediocre map reading skills, on occasions these aids which are designed as “a way to enhance the presentation of arguments, moving […]

Visualizations and History

There is no doubt that visualizations can aid historical presentation. The ability to present quantitative or even qualitative information in an easy to comprehend manner is useful to all branches within history in some fashion. A better question to investigate is how history may be assisted with visual techniques. For chapter one of Graphs Maps and Trees, it […]