Nature’s Past Episode 10: Digital Technologies and Environmental History

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Episode 10: Digital Technologies and Environmental History

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How have online digital technologies changed environmental history research, communication, and teaching? This episode of the podcast explores this question in the context of the recent NiCHE Digital Infrastructure API Workshop held in Mississauga, Ontario. Online-based Application Programming Interfaces or APIs are just one digital technology that holds the potential to change the way environmental historians access resources, analyze historical data, and communicate research findings. Within the past decade alone, the development of online digital technologies has offered the potential to transform historical scholarship.

This episode includes a round-table conversation with some leading figures in the realm of digital history as well as an interview with Jan Oosthoek, the producer and host of the Exploring Environmental History podcast.


Dan Cohen

Shekhar Krisnhan

John Lutz

Jan Oosthoek

Works Cited:

Sean Kheraj, Canadian History & Environment

Dan Cohen’s Website

Digital Campus Podcast

Heptanesian Archives

Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History

NYPL Map Rectifier

Environmental History Resources

Environmental History Teaching

MSc. Landscape, Environment & History

Music Cited:

“I Bid Ye Farewell” by AndyExpandy

“Crayonz” by AndyExpandy

“Expandimonium!” by AndyExpandy

“Pancakes” by AndyExpandy

Photo Credit:

“WebTrends 2007 / otro mapa de web 2.0” by ottonassar


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 10: Digital Technologies and Environmental History.” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 21 October 2009.

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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