When drawing up the initial idea for the HISTORE project we broke the deliverables up into three main portions that seemed to make sense from the perspective of both compiling the resources in the first place and then presenting them in a useful way to historians.
- A tool audit (by example of existing projects)
- Case studies (one per tool)
- Training modules (two tools demonstrated)
These will be made available through the IHR’s History Online and History SPOT platforms which are now our primary location for digital data, listings and online training materials. Much of this material will be produced in-house through our own extensive expertise in these areas; however there are various parts where we have planned (and have budgeted) for external help. The following is a brief breakdown of what we currently see these deliverables as containing.
The tools audit will form a database of current relevant digital projects for historians using one or more of the tools selected for investigation for the HISTORE project. These will be organised by function, with a faceted browsing interface to allow filtering of tools along multiple dimensions. The tools audit will be made permanently available on History Online with direct links to the case studies and training modules on History SPOT.
A represented tool from each of the main areas relevant to historical research will be included in a series of case studies describing what the tool can be used for, providing examples of actual use, and demonstrating how it can be combined with other tools/software. These case studies will be made available on History SPOT.
The audit will inform the choice of training areas. Two free online modules will be developed to train historians in the basic use of two digital tools. The modules will be multimedia in nature and provide a general understanding and awareness of the tools use. Again, these will be made available on History SPOT.