2016 update: #DigScholEd was liveblogged by Nicola Osborne. Keynotes from literary historian Ted Underwood on Predicting the past, a distant reading type approach to digital libraries, Lorna Hughes on Content, co-curation and innovation: digital humanities and cultural heritage collaboration, and Karen Gregory on Conceptualizing digital sociology.
Bumped/rewritten post – see below for brief mentions of #edDDI in 2014 and 2013 and other #digitalhss doings.
From the #digitalhss stable came Digital Day of Ideas 2015 (#EdDDI | TAGSExplorer – see graph) on 26 May, livetweeted, blogged and Storified by Lorna Campbell (@LornaMCampbell), with recordings of the talks to come.
Speakers and outputs:
- Ben Schmidt (@benmschmidt) – data analysis in the humanities; see maps and visualisations
- Anouk Lang (@a_e_lang) – digital methods for modernist studies; see The language of The State of the Union
- Ruth Ahnert (@RuthAhnert) – letter collections and quantitative network analysis
- the 2014 #edDDI had the theme of data, with Ken Benoit on crowdsourced coding and the Manifesto Project and Rob Proctor on COSMOS, as well as a reminder that data isn’t neutral – not all human experience can be reduced to data points
- the 2013 #edDDI was liveblogged by Nicola Osborne and Peter Evans; sessions on MOOCs and walks given deeper examination elsewhere, these remain:
- Ben Jonson’s Walk (Twitter | Facebook | map): in 1618 Ben Jonson walked from London to Edinburgh on the Great North Road; an account by an anonymous companion (5ft 5!) offers a record of what happened which can be recreated today using digital resources with additional materials such as archives, biographical information and literary texts; unlike Boswell’s account of his and Samuel Johnson’s walk this account is made up of small data (lists of places, people, food, times, distances, speed etc) rather than the classical dimensions of a literary scholar, but is a ‘quantifiable’ text – for example it is possible to work out how fast Ben walked; a virtual recreation of the journey, with blog posts, geomapping and Ben tweeting in real time, ran from 8 July to 5 October 2013 (the performative aspect)
- Ethnographies of co-creation and collaboration as models of creativity in the digital age – how communities form; place, practice and artefact to constitute community; heterarchies as an indicator of functioning digital communities; see Nicola’s liveblog
- Copyright, authorship and ownership in digital co-creative practices – looking at collaborative practices and concepts of ownership; attribution as an indicator of a healthy digital community; concepts of reciprocity are challenged across time, space and people in networks, asynchronous and symmetric; see Nicola’s liveblog
- Digital history and big data: text mining historical documents on trade in the British empire – lack of shared ontology makes sharing of big data between different scientific communities challenging; see blog post and ELTG (got a run out a #or2012 as well)
- Design-led knowledge exchange between the academia and the creative industries – as opposed to knowledge transfer; reciprocity issues again; see Peter’s liveblog
- Digital professional personhood – from a tweet: disintermediation means the emergence of new intermediaries, relevant not least to MOOCs
- issues around reciprocity and the concept of intermediaries of current interest in relation to MOOCs, PLNs etc, and also as roles in communities/networks; see also Martin Weller on the reciprocity economy, a concept he says he will revisit for the next #h817open along with engagement
#digitalhss in four keys: medicine, law, bibliography and crime, workshop on 12 November 2013, liveblogged by Nicola Osborne:
- Digital articulations in medicine (Alison Crockford) – ah, the Surgeons’ Hall…seeks to illuminate the relationship between literature and medicine in Edinburgh through the development of a digital reader, joining together not only the literary and medical spheres but also the rapidly expanding field of the digital and the medical humanities; interesting points on the nature of digihum and public engagement issues, see Dissecting Edinburgh for more
- Rethinking property: copyright law and digital humanities research (Zhu Chen Wei) – the entrenched idea of copyright as an exclusive property regime is ill suited for understanding digihum research activities; how might copyright law respond to the challenges posed by digital humanities research, in particular the legality of mass digitisation of scholarly materials and the possible copyright exemption for text and data mining
- Building and rebuilding a digital catalogue for modern Chinese Buddhism (Gregory Scott) – the Digital Catalogue of Chinese Buddhism is a collection of data on over 2300 published items with a web based, online interface for searching and filtering its content; can the methods and implications of working with a large number of itemised records, bibliographic or otherwise, be applied to other projects?; channelling Borges’ library of Babel
- Digitally mapping crime in Edinburgh, 1900-1939 (Louise Settle) – specifically an historical geography of prostitution in Edinburgh; used Edinburgh Map Builder, developed as part of the Visualising Urban Geographies project, which allows you to use National Library of Scotland maps, Google Maps and your own data; viz helps you spot trends and patterns you may not have noticed before; for locations elsewhere in UK Digimap includes both contemporary and historical maps; Historypin uses historical photography to create maps, (EH4, plus come in #kierkegaard); see also the Edinburgh Atlas
See also the workshop on data mining on 19 November 2013.
Some #digihum links: Adam Crymble’s Intro to digital history | The programming historian | Geoparsing English-language text with the Edinburgh Geoparser