Welcome to the project blog for Histore – Historians’ Online Research Environments. Histore is run by IHR Digital at the Institute of Historical Research, part of the University of London. The project is funded by JISC.
The central aim of Histore is to help encourage historians to make greater use of online tools in their research, by giving them information to help them choose the most effective tools for particular tasks and enabling them to request relevant additions to their own institutions’ Virtual Research Environments.
The IHR has been monitoring the use made of digital technology by historians since 2003. What we have found is that it is generally lack of awareness of research tools and their benefits that impedes their take-up in the profession, rather than outright hostility.
Histore will have two phases. In the first phase we will publish an audit of what digital tools are currently available, listing their main characteristics and assessing their difficulty level for new users. In the second phase we will select two areas which we feel present the most pressing need for research training and produce two free online research modules introducing these topics.