We have entered the “age of abundance”: a huge number of historical
sources – books, documents, pamphlets and media of all sorts – have
by now been digitised, and the amount of digital-born material is
growing at an even faster pace. This boom is paired with new forms
of access: in principle, digital sources that are made available online
can be studied from anywhere in the world, and powerful digital
tools allow us to study the big data of the past in a new fashion.

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