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UCLDH5: The First Susan Hockey Lecture in Digital Humanities

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:11:13 +0000

The UCL Centre for Digital Humanities was founded in 2010, and to celebrate the achievements of the centre over the last five years we are launching a named lecture series, The Susan Hockey Lecture in Digital Humanities. We are especially pleased to announce that Professor Susan Hockey will be giving the inaugural lecture. Digital Humanities: Perspectives […]

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Upcoming talks in the UCLDH Seminar Series

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:30:15 +0000

We have some great talks coming up this term as part of our seminar series.  Please do join us, all welcome! Registration is required. Wednesday 28th January 2015 5.30pm, G31 Foster Court Professor Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research: Big data for humanities research: from digging into the parliamentary record to exploring the UK Web […]

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First Workshop - All Hands Meeting - 14th June 2006

Researching e-Science Analysis of Census Holdings

The All Hands Workshop, the first in the series, was held on Wednesday 14th June 2006. It aimed to ascertain how feasible, and indeed, useful utilizing e-Science technologies to analyse historical census data would be. Undertaking e-science analysis of historical census records may be technically possible – but will it be useful to academic researchers?

The workshop brought together a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise to ascertain the academic community’s view of the benefit and concerns in undertaking a full-scale research project utilizing available historical census data and the Research Computing facilities at UCL. Through various presentations and discussions, this workshop explained the technological issues, and explored the historical techniques which may be useful for undertaking research of historical census material in this manner.

Results from this workshop contributed to the discussions held at the Technical and Managerial workshops.

Programme

09.30 Coffee
10.00 Welcome and Introduction – aims of the day
Introducing ReACH

Melissa Terras, DIS, University College London
10.45 Research Computing at UCL – An Overview
Clare Gryce, Research Computing, University College London
11.15 Putting the Census Online: The National Archives’ Perspective
Ruth Selman, Knowledge and Academic Services Department, The National
12.00 Lunch
13.00
Grid Enabling Population Datasets - the ConvertGrid and GEMS projects
Keith Cole, Census Data Unit, National Dataset Services Group, MIMAS, The University of Manchester
13.30 Linking Nineteenth-Century Scottish Records: Procedures and Practicalities
Ros Davies, Eilidh Garrett and Alice Reid, Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure
14.00 Coffee
15.00 Discussion Session: e-Science Analysis of Historical Census Records: Feasible or Useful?
In this discussion session all participants were asked their opinions of the potential research project. Will undertaking this analysis result in any new information of worth for the academic community? What potential pitfalls are their in undertaking this research? What type of results can be generated from the available datasets? Is undertaking a research project in this area worthy of the time and expense it will take to set it up? 
16.00 Summary and Conclusion
16.30 Close

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