Research in the Twenty-first Century: New Methods, New Technologies, New Communities of Knowledge



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Research in the Twenty-first Century: New Methods, New Technologies, New Communities of Knowledge



Date and Time: Thursday/Friday 19th/20th February,

Venue: Minor Hall, University of Ulster, Magee campus, Derry/Londonderry

Contact: ma.ferrario@ulster.ac.uk or Maria Angela Ferrario Tel: 028 71375304 for more details

Web: www.arts.ulster.ac.uk/research/aich/
The Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO www.dho.ie ) is offering a two-day event that will look at the future of research and at the use of new technologies in the field of humanities. This will be part of the AICH seminar programme. Refreshments have been sponsored by the Faculty of Arts
Day 1

The first day will be open to the public (although registration is limited) and it will be in the form of a symposium. The morning session will include lectures by leading practitioners, such as Susan Schreibman (DHO) and Paul Ell (QUB) in the field of digital humanities in areas such as new models of scholarly communication, new modes of visual analysis, and strategic e-resources in the field of Irish studies. The afternoon session will allow time for the presentation of digital humanities projects currently underway in Ireland, followed by break out sessions in which the themes of the symposium will be examined in terms of individual scholarly practice.


Day 2

The second day will take the form of a digital project clinic run by Digital Humanities Specialists Shawn Day (DHO) and Faith Lawrence (DHO). This clinic will introduce participants to the role of the DHO in aiding digital project success and provide practical instruction in digital project best practices and standards. The clinic will accomplish two objectives: building community, and informing best practice. To accomplish this the day will be broken into two sessions. The morning session will involve brief project introductions by attendees and a group discussion of these presentations. This will help build on shared experiences amongst digital humanities project participants. The afternoon session will combine short lectures on project management best practices and the technicalities of good project visioning with hands-on breakout sessions on critical issues encountered in digital humanities projects. Agenda for DAY2


Agenda for Day 1

09:30 -10:00 Welcome and Introductions - Prof U. Kockel, AICH, University of Ulster & DHO

Lecture 1 Chair: Prof Bertie O'Corrain, Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute, University of Ulster

10:00 -10:45 New Directions in Scholarly Communication - Dr Susan Schreibman

10.45 -11.15 Coffee Break

Lecture 2 – 3 Chair: Prof Paul Mc Kevitt, School of Computing & Intelligent Systems, University of Ulster

11.15 -12.00 The Digital Deluge: Strategic E-Resources Relating to Irish Studies - Dr Paul Ell

12:00 -12:45 Time and Space: Visualising Temporal Data for Humanists - Mr Shawn Day

12.45 -14:00 Lunch

14:00 -15:00 Short Presentations of Current Digital Humanities Projects - To be announced

15:00 -15:30 Coffees

15:30 - 16:30 Breakouts

1. How new methods, new technologies, new communities of knowledge can change your research and your research methods.

2. What is needed to effect this change

3. Next steps for the DHO, HSIS, and UU to support this change

16:30 - 17:00 Reports from Break Out Session


Agenda for Day 2


09:30 -09:45 Welcome and introduction by the DHO

09:45 -11:00 Project Introduction Slam.

Project participants will have 5 minutes to introduce their projects to the group using the templates provided by the DHO in advance.

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee

11:15 - 12:45 Post-Slam project discussion

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch

13:45 - 14:15 Lecture: The Big Picture: Digital project design for dissemination and longevity

14:15 - 14:45 Breakouts

1. Preservation

2. Standards

14:45 - 15:00 Reports from Breakouts

15:00 - 15:15 Coffee

15:15 - 15:45 Lecture: Talking Technical: Building digital project management success

15:45 - 16:15 Breakouts

1 Project plans, milestones and contingencies

2 Inter-project communication and human resources management

16:15 - 16:30 Reports from breakouts

16:30 - 16:45 Summation and closing by the DHO



Bio Notes




Susan Schreibman, Director of the Digital Humanities Observatory, Royal Irish Academy

Dr Schreibman joined the DHO from the University of Maryland, where she was Assistant Dean and Head of Digital Collections and Research (2005-2008). She has previously served as Assistant Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (2001-04) and Professor of Professional and Technical Communication at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (2000-01).

Dr Schreibman has an MA from the University of Pennsylvania in English and Creative Writing and an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama from University College Dublin (UCD). In 1997 she received her PhD from UCD for her doctoral thesis entitled: 'The Thomas MacGreevy

Chronology: A Documentary Life, 1855-1934.' She was also the holder of a prestigious Newman Postdoctoral Fellowship (1997-2000) where she began The MacGreevy Archive (http://macgreevy.org)

She is the principal developer of The Versioning Machine (www.v-machine.org) and is the founding editor and principal developer of Irish Resources in the Humanities (www.irith.org). Dr Schreibman currently sits on the Board of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Consortium, the Executive of the Association of Computers in the Humanities, and is Chair of the Modern Language Association's Committee on Information Technology. Dr Schreibman's fields of expertise are textual editing, especially as it is applied to the newer technologies, TEI text encoding, project management for digital humanities projects, and Irish modernism.




Paul Ell, Director Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis, Queen's University, Belfast

Paul Ell is the director of the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at Queen's University, Belfast. His early work was on history and geography, receiving an MA in English Local History from Leicester before completing a doctorate on the Geography of Victorian Religion at the University of Birmingham. In 1993 he moved to Queen's to work as a Research Fellow with the Database of Irish Historical Statistics before being involved in the Great Britain Historical GIS project as a Senior Research Fellow. He became director of the CDDA in 1998.

He is currently working on a number areas of research including The Great Britain Historical GIS Project constructing a historical time-variant GIS for the British Isles, an analysis of the mortality data for Britain 1851 – 1939, and a range of projects working with both British and Irish census data, recent and historical. He also has an interest in approaches to distance learning and visualisation techniques.




Shawn Day, Digital Humanities Specialist, Digital Humanities Observatory, Royal Irish Academy

Shawn Day is a Digital Humanities Specialist with the DHO. Shawn is affiliated with the History Department at McMaster University (Canada) where he is completing a PhD specializing in the social and economic circumstances of the nineteenth century retail liquor trade. He applies digital, spatial and social network analysis to the study of the relationships between credit, respectability, and maintaining order in the Victorian community. His most recent articles have examined the social dimensions of the Victorian public mental hospital. Using GIS and statistical modeling tools, these illuminate the significant rural component of the urban asylum and raises new questions surrounding the foreign-born who find themselves confined to the institution.

Shawn is involved in a number of successful and innovative digital humanities projects throughout Canada. Most recently he has worked with large manuscript census databases in the 1871/1891 census project (University of Guelph). He is a team member of the national TAPoR text analysis portal project and the Network for Canadian History and the Environment (NiCHE). Prior to undertaking the PhD, Shawn spent a number of years in the private technology sector where he founded a number of businesses and served in marketing, research and development management roles.



Faith Lawrence, Digital Humanities, Digital Humanities Observatory, , Royal Irish Academy

She did her first degree in ancient history with a special interest in comparative mythology. Progressing sideways she completed a masters in archaeological science (computing) before finding herself in a computer science department researching online communities, narrative and the semantic web. Her doctorate looked at emergent semantic and web 2.0 technologies through the case study of online fiction archives and author communities. Her most recent projects include Electronic Visualisation of C19 French literary-scientific texts: Flaubert's Tentation de saint Antoine.

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