Blog Launch – A Multidisciplinary History Blog Project
On Wednesday, December 10, the HTTP (History to the Public) blog was officially launched during our first meeting at UCL. Together as a team, we finally met each other face-to-face and began to discuss our goals for this project. As students from various countries, disciplines, backgrounds, and universities we hope to create an online environment that is not only useful to us in our own research, but to anyone who wants to read about history.
The idea for the blog came from multiple different sources and it is a combination of ideas and dialogues from within the HTTP team. Our team is multidisciplinary, we are not all historians, but also have literary and computational backgrounds. It was important for us to incorporate different fields into the blog.
As many of us have realized, academic research in the humanities today has become much more multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Therefore, all of us need to tackle disciplinary issues in some way or another in our own research. So why not do this collaboratively?
As a digital humanities project at its core, the idea for HTTP is to teach and learn how to use the different digital tools available. We are integrating bibliographic tools into the blog, such as Zotero, which will help anyone who wants to quickly download a relevant bibliography. We are also hoping to teach other early career researchers how to set up their own blogs and sharing the ways in which we have used social media to reach out to others. In addition, we are going to post guides on using LaTex and other publishing and bibliographic software with the focus on students and student needs. While we are not going to make an in-depth guide, the idea is to point people to where they can find more references and help.
What this blog hopes to achieve is not only a liaison between HTTP and other early career researches, but also a tool to encourage others who want to learn about history, linguistics, and literature –you name it — in one place. We’re all enthusiastic about our own research, and we want our passions to become your passions as well.