Presentation of thesis research proposal
Mid-Term Research Seminar. Presentation of preliminary results.
Final Research Seminar. Expect significant re-writes afterward.
Final defense of thesis.
PhD Courses to complete 180 credits by graduation
It is offered between November 17 2014 and May 4 2015 with a first lecture/workshop day on December 4 (9-16) and a final seminar on May 4. Additional lectures/workshops will be offered at December 11, February 5 and 17 (9-16). Scheduled meetings will be interspersed by
assignments due on January 30 and March 30. These assignments date may be subject to negotation if, and only if, all students and teachers agree on revised dates.
Me, Johan Eklund and Gustav Nelhans will be conducting the course.
As you may know, some course on quantitative methods is required in your PhD education and if you haven't yet registered for the course you have to contact Annitta for that purpose. We believe that the first two meetings are much important for managing the course contents (though we cannot make them absolutely mandatory) but if
you have problems with the following dates it may be a good idea to register anyway.
In order to find an adequate level for the two first
lectures/workshops we will put up an anonymous diagnostics test in the PingPong 'BHS: Doktorand 2012--' area. Keep an eye on that area.
We will use chapters 5, 11-13, 18, 29, 33-37 in
Wildemuth, B. M. (2009). Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in
Information and Library Science. Westport, CT.: Libraries
as the starting point for the studies. This book is used in our
educational programs on bachelor and masters level, so if you do not have it yet, it is a good idea to order a copy right now.
In addition a basic text book on statistics will be used, but we have not yet decided on which one this will be.
Workshops and assignment will require that you use adequate software. MS Excel and Python's SciPy package will be used. We have decided not to use SPSS, partly because of a) its steep learning curve wrt to the interface, and b) its lack of transparency. In some cases you may need to install extra packages for MS Excel, if they are not
present on your work station. If you are on a Mac or a Unix/Linux based workstation you already have access to Python and the installation of SciPy is trivial. If you are on a PC you may need special support for installation, we'll arrange for that.
10 credits. Possible reading course?
7.5 credits. Possible reading course?
The course is an intensive training programme on the analysis, description and editing of manuscripts to be held jointly in Cambridge and London. It stresses the practical application of theoretical principles and gives participants both a solid theoretical foundation and also 'hands-on' experience in the cataloguing and editing of original medieval and modern manuscripts in both print and digital formats.
One half of the course involves classes in the mornings and then visits to libraries in Cambridge and London in the afternoons (see the schedule). Students will have the opportunity to view original manuscripts and to gain practical experience in applying the morning's themes to concrete examples. In the second half we will address the cataloguing and description of manuscripts in a digital format with particular emphasis on the standards developed by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). These sessions will also combine theoretical principles and practical experience and include workshops with supervised work on computers. The course is completed by sessions on modelling and evaluating digital scholarly editions.
The use of digital methods within the arts, humanities and cultural heritage can lead to cultural empowerment for scholars, students and citizens. Through the theme “Digital Cultural Empowerment”, the conference encourages submissions that bridge the gaps between humanities corpora and actual digital practices used to understand, analyse, and share them. This includes digital dissemination of patrimonial content, participatory experiences, environments that improve digital literacy, and research that evaluates the effectiveness of such kind of projects. We also welcome submissions that study the underlying challenges and issues of such cultural empowerment processes, for example the joining of Western and non Western scholarship, or the maintenance of the core-values of the humanities (critical sense, close reading, excellency in details) while articulating them with new opportunities offered by the digital revolution (distant reading, large scale of information data sets, data visualisation).
A Humanities Web of Data: Publishing, Linking and Querying on the Semantic Web
This workshop will introduce the concepts and technologies behind the Semantic Web and show how attendees can publish their research so that it is available as Linked Data, using distinct but interwoven models to represent services, data collections, workflows, and -- so to simplify the rapid development of integrated applications to explore specific findings -- the domain of an application. Topics covered will include: the RDF format; modelling your data and publishing to the web; querying RDF data using SPARQL; choosing and designing vocabularies and ontologies; and more.
The work of a digital humanities researcher is informed by the possibilities offered in digital resources: in their ever increasing number and their distribution and access through the Internet.
In this context, the Semantic Web can be seen as a framework to enables radical publication, sharing, and linking of data for, and by, researchers.
The workshop comprises a series of lectures and tutorials including:
Scaling Digital Humanities on (and utilising) the Web
The Semantic Web and Why You Should Care
Practical Linked Data for Digital Humanities Researchers
Triplestores and SPARQL
Worked examples of Semantic Web systems and application for Digital Humanities:
The British Museum Semantic Web Collection
CLAROS: The world of art on the semantic web
Music Information Retrieval: How country is my country?
Solutions surgery: how could the Semantic Web aid your research?
The programme begins with a motivating example from the field of music, based of the organisers own research. This will demonstrate how Semantic Web technologies can be practically applied to the Humanities, and serves as a use case through which attendees be introduced to the technical underpinnings of such systems during the first half of the week. In the latter half of the week this knowledge will be applied to real world examples introduced by invited speakers, with two specific Semantic Web deployments framing tutorials and discussion on Thursday and Friday: the British Museum, and CLAROS.
University of Graz, Austria.
Technology, Software and Standards Conference
Training: Introduction to TEI P5 XML for Digital Scholarly Editions: Four days course to provide students with a TEI-based theoretical framework and practical experience in creating digital editions using the open international encoding standard TEI P5 XML. Basics of representing textual phenomena and features for the description, transcription and representation of primary sources will be covered, from data input to publication. To be taught by network experts from UOX, TEI-C, GU and appropriate ERs.
Add-On 1: Customising Editing Environments with the oXygen-TEI Framework: One day workshop conducted by synchRO software engineers to provide an overview of advanced features of the oXygen XML editing environment. Specific TEI customizations will be created, incorporated into the software and made available to the wider TEI community.
Add-On 2: Digital Tools for Scholarly Editors: The one day course will present tools that can support the scholarly editor beyond the primary task of text production including text-image-linking and collation with TextGrid and CollateX. To be taught by network representatives from UoW, TUD, KNAW and ERs.
Add-On 3: Metadata (GU): This two day course will give an introduction into the main metadata standards such as EAD, Dublin Core, METS, Europeana EDM/ESE and CIDOC-CRM. To be taught by network experts from GU, UoC et. al.
Virtually all researchers now use digital resources of various kinds. The digital humanities go beyond this making more systematic use of specialist digital technologies.
Scholars in humanities were practically always the main target group for research libraries. Digital technologies have the power to transform humanities research, making it easier and more efficient, enabling new ways of working, opening up new questions and creating new knowledge, or answering existing questions more fully and systematically.
Discussion on digital humanities and its connection to libraries has grown rapidly in the past several years. How do the libraries face the new challenge? Are they capable of handling huge amounts of data? Do the research support services meet the researchers’ needs?
The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society. The ASIS&T AM gathers leading scholars and practitioners from around the globe to share innovations, ideas, research, and insights into the state and future of information and communication in play, work, governance, and society.
ASIS&T AM has an established record for pushing the boundaries of information studies, exploring core concepts and ideas, and creating new technological and conceptual configurations -- all situated in interdisciplinary discourses.
The conference celebrates plurality in methods, theories and conceptual frameworks and has historically presented research and development from a broad spectrum of domains, as encapsulated in ASIS&T’s many special interest groups: Arts & Humanities; Bioinformatics; Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts; Classification Research; Critical Issues; Digital Libraries; Education for Information Science; Health Informatics; History & Foundations of Information Science; Human Computer Interaction; Information Architecture; Information Needs, Seeking and Use; Information Policy; International Information Issues; Knowledge Management; Library Technologies; Management; Metrics; Scientific & Technical Information; Social Informatics; and Visualization, Images & Sound.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
The phrase sites of memory has many possible meanings. Like individual and collective memories expressed in verbal and other semiotic forms, the phrase is not fully translatable: it does, however, represent and misrepresent something from the past with implications for various presents and imagined futures. The theme remembers, in particular, Pierre Nora’s provocative conception of lieux de mémoire as “meaningful entities,” both real and imagined (monuments, holidays, flags, and school textbooks are among his many examples of particularly French memory sites). But this theme exceeds and challenges Nora’s argument, and especially its version of a still prevalent and unidirectional theory of history that distinguishes sharply between modern and premodern workings of collective (and, by implication, individual) memory. As a feminist scholar who has spent most of her career studying and teaching artifacts that were initially produced in times and places retrospectively (and still debatably) named medieval, Renaissance, and early modern, I hope this theme will foster conversations among those who define and value that which is not modern according to various chronological schemes and theoretical paradigms.
Sites of memory that have been contested and that therefore call for negotiations—communicative acts involving challenge, debate, persuasion, translation, interpretation, performance of real or feigned hope, awareness of possible failure—occur in many environments. Sites of memory may of course occur in physical landscapes that have been drastically changed by time, climate, and human agency, which intertwine to make environments. Sites of memory can be lost and, sometimes, partially remembered according to the nonlinear temporalities explored in literature, art, music, and those instances of dream work that are communicated among individuals. Sites of memory occur in many media, genres, and material forms; their scales vary, as do the kinds of emotion they memorialize and engender and the negotiations for which they call. MLA members might reflect on sites of memory that can be found in (or as) manuscripts, printed books, libraries, school classrooms, universities, screen arts, performances, human and animal bodies, computers, and Web sites, including those that represent controversial public figures and colonized lands occupied by groups with competing conceptions of the past and different visions of how land should be used. Sites of memory may also be found, or made, by certain uses of verb tenses and moods, as the body of recent and multilingual speculation on the “futural past” attests.
Training: Critical Transmission, Dissemination and Sustainability: Three days course to enable students to strengthen their understanding of critical transmission through an interplay of analytical and hands-on skills in the areas of digitizing and editing source material, and of disseminating, refining and sustaining digital scholarly editions. Delivered by network experts from HB, KB & KCL;. guest lectures by representatives from editing projects in Scandinavia through either NNE or Litteraturbanken.se or both.
Add-On 1: Principles of the Digital Archive and Digital Asset Management: Two days workshop to provide insight into the functional principles of digital archives focussing on the OAIS Reference Model and selected frameworks such as eXist, Apache Cocoon, FEDORA et al. To be taught by network experts from GU and ERs.
Add-On 2: Tablet App Opportunities for scholarly editions: One day hands-on course on theoretical and practical issues connected with the delivery of digital scholarly editions via tablet apps. To be taught by network experts from KCL & OBP.
Add-On 3: Long-Term Digital Preservation Framework: This One day gives an overview of the general problems and purposes of long-term digital preservation. Overall learning outcome should be a better understanding of and the ability to apply the DP life-cycle to digital scholarly editions. To be taught by network experts from HB.
Presentation of paper, preliminary results from Cambridge? East Lansing, MI. (MSU).
Courses in digitization and text analysis. Victoria, BC.
Presentation of poster with Aodhan Kelly and Daniel Powell, 'The lifecycle of the digital edition.'
Expected to have a paper ready for presentation.
Summer Outreach program at Maynooth.