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This blog tries to present a theory for a new approach to connect information technology with historical studies. As this argument touches upon many disciplines which deal with the subject matter – history – as well as with various aspects of “information” – information theory, philosophy of information, cybernetics etc. – blog entries you come upon by chance may seem rather unrelated.

Each blog entry, therefore, is marked by a specific “track” which represents one of the lines of the overall theory.

The argument runs as follows:

Track H-1: The type historical research addressed here is based directly upon historical sources. Historical research which does not emphasize this connection is irrelevant for this blog.

Track I-1: The kind of information contained in historical sources cannot be understood by Shannon’s sender – receiver metaphor.

Track H-2: There is reason to assume, that many of Humanities’ disciplines share the situation described in Tracks H-1 and I-1.

Track C-1: This requires a new understanding of the conceptual hierarchy upon which software systems supporting the analysis of historical sources are based.

Track C-2: Out of such a conceptual hierarchy direct requirements for models of programming can be derived.

Track C-3: All levels of this conceptual hierarchy require an integrated approach for the handling of vague, incomplete, uncertain, inconsistent and contradictory information.

  • Responsible for the content: Manfred Thaller
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