For two decades the IHR has recognised the value of digital resources to historians. IHR Digital encompasses many of the IHR’s existing online activities, but also allows us to explore new opportunities for transforming the way in which historians conduct their research.
IHR Digital includes a range of well-established projects, such as British History Online and the Bibliography of British and Irish History, as well as more recent initiatives such as Connected Histories, the History of Parliament Online and History in Education (See here for all our digital resources and projects).
IHR Digital also offers a range of consultancy and advisory services, a relatively new departure for the Institute. For example, we are working in partnership with the British Library’s UK Web Archive (http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/). The IHR has convened an advisory group of historians, who are working with the the BL’s curators to consider both online representations of the distant past and those parts of the web that will in time become the primary sources for future generations of historians. An 18-month JISC-funded project, Analytical Access to the Domain Dark Archive (AADDA), is continuing this work, focusing on the embedding and sustainability of web archives.
Finally, IHR Digital has developed a hosting service for academic history websites, from small societies to large digital enterprises.
Some of our current hosted sites and projects are:
- Ecclesiastical History Society (EHSOC)
- Commission Internationale d'Histoire et d'Etudes du Christianisme (CIHEC)
- Church, Law and Society in the Middle Ages (CLASMA)
- History of Women Religious (H-WRBI)
- People Property and Charity - The Clothworkers' Company 1500-1750
- Group for War And Culture Studies
- British Historic Towns Atlas
This is a very exciting time for the IHR, and we hope that you will follow our progress over the next months and years. For more information about IHR Digital, and what it might be able to offer you Contact IHR Digital.
One year before its launch the IHR held a Digital Colloquium, inviting people from digital humanities and history to come and hear about what the IHR is doing and, most importantly, to respond by saying what they wanted or expected from the IHR's digital arm.