Digital Projects

Historians should document their findings and be prepared to make available their sources, evidence, and data.

Inspired by the above quote from the AHA’s Standards on Professional Conduct (2011), I believe in using the internet to enhance research practices, improve scholarly communications, and, ultimately, to produce better scholarship in the field of history.

On Twitter and on this blog, I advocate for the open access, digital scholarship, and digital humanities movements. In real life I help to build digital platforms and research tools that can enhance the work of scholars, benefit students, and even entice the general public. I also try to set good examples and develop best practices in my own research and writing.

Through my work with the History and Public Policy Program, I help to obtain and make freely available archival sources from around the globe through the Wilson Center’s Digital Archive, an online repository.

Connected with this work, I edit the Chinese Foreign Policy Database, a platform containing thousands of documents, curated collections, and a timeline related to China’s foreign relations since 1945.

In the interest of transparency, reproducability, and collegiality, I seek to publish online, whenever possible, the archival documents on which my own work is based and make them available to other researchers. In 2016, for example, I simultaneously published a research article in the International History Review while placing all of my archival data in an open access online database. I continue to consider how historians might make online data sharing part of the publishing routine.

Advertisements