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CASA/Survey of London project awarded AHRC funding

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:11:39 +0000

Congratulations to UCLDH team member Martin Austwick (CASA), who is involved in a project that has just been awarded a major grant from the AHRC. He, and other members of CASA, will be working with Survey of London on a three-year collaboration exploring the Whitechapel area, to develop an online platform to find new ways to […]


Tutorial: How to Access UCL’s Virtual Private Network Using Linux

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:46:10 +0000

Some of this university’s computational infrastructure is tucked away behind a VPN login: If you’re trying to reach it from the outside, you need to establish a Virtual Private Network connection to get through. This may be more onerous for users of a Linux operating system than it is for those who rely on Microsoft […]


Aims and Objectives


DHOER is turning a comprehensive range of teaching and learning resources from a series of introductory courses into Digital Humanities taught at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, into multimedia and Web 2.0 enriched Open Educational Resources (OERs), published on the internet and freely available to anyone. In doing so it will create an important teaching and learning resource not only for the emerging and strategically important subject area of Digital Humanities and cognate disciplines but also address a large range of the sector priority areas.

Apart from serving the Digital Humanities, a distinctive subject in its own right,  for which only very low and unsystematic OER provision exists currently, the DHOER project will benefit many cognate disciplines, including but not limited to the whole spectrum of the broader arts and humanities, information studies, archive and library studies and computer science.

The project will extend the range of available OERs in the field of Digital Humanities substantially and systematise the provision in a way that cuts across the existing and perceived boundaries between subject disciplines. As such it is interdisciplinary and innovative and will help transform the traditional view of the Arts and Humanities as subject areas of comparatively little relevance for employment.

DHOER will cater directly for the needs of particular sectors of employment, including documentation, archives, libraries and publishing, but will also directed at the larger requirements of the digital information age. It fits in with the Government's strategic vision for ensuring that the UK is at the leading edge of the global digital economy (‘Digital Britain’) and opens up numerous perspectives to increase advanced information literacy and related skills in the UK; skills much in demand for the knowledge economy envisaged by the ‘New industries – New Jobs’ strategy.

To achieve these aims and objectives, the project will draw on the expertise of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and Department of Information Studies. In addition it will draw on the experience with creating and releasing OERs, and the cultural changes this process brings about for learning and teaching, gathered by the principal investigator in the individual strand of the pilot phase of the UKOER programme (OER Low Countries history). His home department, UCL Dutch, has been pioneering OERs at UCL with the Virtual Department of Dutch initiative since 2002.

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The release of these resources has been supported by the Higher Education Academy/JISC Open Educational Resources programme.

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