By Sarah Davenport, on 5 February 2013
One of our DH team members—Frauke Zeller—is involved in a new project that brings together art, critics, and robots in a joint international project with Canadian artist David Harris Smith: http://dailynews.mcmaster.ca/article/watch-your-step-campus-toughest-art-critic-could-be-under-your-feet/
By Sarah Davenport, on 31 January 2013
Kim Martin, a member of the Digging DH team (University of Western Ontario), will be visiting UCLDH 11-20 February and would like to interview both staff and students on their thoughts about DH, the tools used for their research, the social network of DH and more. If you would like to take part, please contact Kim at email@example.com. Further details can be found on the Digging DH blog.
By Sarah Davenport, on 31 January 2013
‘Sustaining our Digital Future’, a new report from JISC and Ithaka S+R aimed at helping digital projects to thrive was published yesterday, in which UCLDH is proud to feature highly. You can read the report here: http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/wp/files/2013/01/Sustaining-our-digital-future-FINAL-31.pdf
By Sarah Davenport, on 25 January 2013
UCLDH co-director Melissa Terras is quoted in an article on the effect big data is having on academic disciplines.
Read the whole article here: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-01/25/big-data-end-of-theory
By Sarah Davenport, on 11 January 2013
The seminar is held at the Institute of English Studies (IES), Room 234, Senate House, at 17.30, with a wine reception to follow.
17 January 2013: Dr David Berry, University of Swansea
Critical Digital Humanities
Digital Humanities have been criticised, perhaps unfairly, for being narrow and lacking cultural critique, most notably by Geert Lovink and Alan Liu. In this paper I want to look at the way in which digital humanities as a field of research can address these critiques. This ranges from the particular research agendas that have become prominent within digital humanities itself, and which are strongly related to prior research interests drawn (or not) from the humanities themselves, and to the new research agenda that is driven primarily in relation to big data, gamification, MOOCs, and the so-called “industrialised” digital humanities. Whilst digital humanities have created critical versions of archives, tools, platforms, etc. and have begun to explore approaches to the use of the computational, how should digital humanities respond to the issues raised by the computational in society, economics, politics, or culture. Does the call for “more hack, less yack”, calling for digital humanists to “do” rather than ”talk”, imply a reluctance to engage critically, or can discussions informed by the hashtag #transformDH, for example, help us to develop a more critical digital humanities. In what ways can hacking and “building” be undertaken in a critical vein and how can these “critical” practices inform theoretical discussions of digital humanities.
For further details please see the IES website: http://events.sas.ac.uk/ies/seminar/200/London+Seminar+in+Digital+Text+and+Scholarship
By Sarah Davenport, on 10 January 2013
UCLDH is pleased to announce that Ryan Baumann will be visiting to give an informal talk. Ryan is currently based at the Harvard Centre for Hellenic Studies, working on tools for digital commentary, and has previously worked with EDUCE at the University of Kentucky Centre for Visualization and Virtual Environments http://vis.uky.edu/.
His talk at UCLDH will detail various imaging techniques and their applications to ancient text-bearing artifacts, including 3D laser, micro-CT, and multispectral imaging. Using examples from real-world problems and data, the appropriateness of applying different techniques to different artifacts will be discussed.
Date: Wednesday 16th January
Location: G31 Foster Court
By Sarah Davenport, on 8 January 2013
UCLDH Co-director Melissa Terras is on the Advisory Group for the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary digital project, assisting the museum with their online plans for marking this centenary.
Further details about the project can be found on their website http://www.1914.org/ and on Twitter @iwm_centenary.
By Sarah Davenport, on 17 December 2012
The Bentham Project is currently advertising for a Research Associate (60% FTE) to work on a newly funded initiative called tranScriptorium.
The following text is taken from the advertisement:
The Bentham Project, in collaboration with partners from across Europe, has recently received a grant for a project entitled tranScriptorium, which aims to develop innovative, efficient, and cost-effective solutions for the indexing, search and full transcription of digital images of manuscripts, using modern, holistic Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology.
The role holder will work with tranScriptorium partners (especially the University of London Computer Centre), to design and develop an HTR crowdsourcing platform, analyse the user needs and requirements of transcript correctors and visitors, carry out beta testing of the platform to ensure full functionality, and be responsible for the running of the crowdsourcing platform on a day-to-day basis.
The post is funded for 21 months in the first instance.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 4 January 2013. To apply, or for further information, please see the full job advert.
By Rachel Kasbohm, on 17 December 2012
Registration is now open for a workshop, hosted by UCLDH, on 31st January 2013 beginning at 1:30pm
About: ‘Digital Partnerships’ will focus on how museums and universities can work together when it comes to digital innovation. A drinks reception will be hosted afterwards at the Grant Museum of Zoology nearby.
It will explore digital innovation and the relationships between museums, universities and their users. Digital innovation means that museums now find themselves in a new environment in which visitors can interact to create, curate, organise and share their own experiences. Leading to big questions around how we research and understand digital innovation in a cultural context. This event will bring researchers and museum professionals together to consider innovative practices, and develop new research ideas.
Speakers: Matthew Cock, Head of Web at the British Museum; Jane MacDonald, ToTEM Project Administrator at Edinburgh College of Art; John Hindmarch, PhD student at UCL; and Jack Ashby, Manager at the Grant.
Full program viewable at the Eventbrite site below.
Email Rachel directly with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register FREE at http://digital-partnerships.eventbrite.co.uk/
By Sarah Davenport, on 13 December 2012
We are pleased to announce that UCLDH will be working with the Slade School of Fine Art on a pilot project to see what is held in the Slade Archive and to look at ways in which the information can be made available to a wider audience. The project is funded by a UCL Arts & Humanities Small Research Grant.
For further information please see the project blog: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/slade-archive-project/