Historical Information Science: New Methods and Techniques of Historical Research


The mankind has entered the “digital age” in the 21st century. Information and communications technology (ICT) is now inclusive into all aspects of society activities, in all sectors of economy. ICT plays a special role in the development of research and education. This process also touched upon the historical research and education as well as preservation and study of historical and cultural heritage.

This issue of the journal is aimed to discussion of problems, prospects and results of the interdisciplinary research area associated with the use of digital technology and computer methods in historical research. This area is traditionally called in Russia “istoricheskaya informatika”, that was called internationally Historical Computing (or Historical Information Science) for a quarter of a century, and in recent years in the context of digital turn is associated mainly with Digital History (regarded as part of a wider multidisciplinary area of Digital Humanities).