Extensive evidence gathered by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) since 2002 suggests that take-up of online research tools amongst historians still remains limited and low. The data suggest lack of awareness is key, not active resistance. The IHR is well positioned to demystify and identify those online tools which are of most value for historical research. A key method of disseminating knowledge and awareness is through online research training modules. Following a tools audit, we will create a variety of resources and training modules tailored to historical research. These tools will encourage and support the use of online research tools within VREs. The IHR’s position will allow it to disseminate the research benefits, whilst its longitudinal data will also allow success to be measured.
The objective of the project is to empower history researchers to request tools for their institutional VREs, and to embed online tools more generally within historical research, by providing them with the knowledge they need assess the requirements of their own projects.
Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes
An online tools audit assessing the current capabilities and demands of online tools
Case studies of projects which have successfully used online tools
Two free online research training modules
A project blog
The following project document can be downloaded from the JISC repository:
Other documentation can be found under Documents & Multimedia.
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