By Simon Mahony, on 4 June 2013
The first of this Summer’s Digital Classicist & Institute of Classical Studies seminars is this Friday.
Tom Brughmans (University of Southampton)
‘Exploring visibility networks in Iron Age and Roman Southern Spain with Exponential Random Graph Models’
Friday June 7 at 16:30
Room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
Are lines of sight between Roman towns important for explaining their location? Through a case study on visibility patterns between urban settlements in Iron Age and Roman Southern Spain, this paper will discuss how Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGM) can help explore hypothetical past processes of interaction and site location. With these models the frequency of certain subnetworks in random networks and the empirically attested network is compared, to examine the probability that the subnetworks might have emerged through random processes. This paper will critically evaluate the potential and limitations of such an approach for archaeology.
The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.
All are welcome.
The full 2013 programme is now also online.
By Sarah Davenport, on 4 June 2013
Melissa Terras and Claire Ross will be speaking on a panel, along with Anthony Finkelstein (Dean of Engineering), at the UCL Staff Research Conference on Thursday 20th June. Please see further details about the conference below:
UCL Research Staff Conference
20 June 2013, at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre; the event is free to all UCL researchers
Futures for You is the theme of the UCL Research Staff Conference. Includes keynote speakers, such as Professor David Price Vice-Provost (Research) on Research Ethics and Integrity, as well as breakout sessions on topics such as Fellowships.
By Christina Kamposiori, on 31 May 2013
Last Thursday saw our digital excursion to the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). It was a great event where the researchers from CASA introduced us to the very interesting and diverse work conducted at the centre.
CASA’s research focuses on smart cities and the production of new knowledge that can be used in city planning, policy and design by using innovative methods & technologies. Their work draws especially on the latest geospatial methods and ideas in computer-based visualisation and modelling.
During our visit, guests were split into two groups and had the opportunity to learn more information about the projects undertaken by CASA as well as to enjoy a guided tour of the interactive exhibits available at the centre. The mini presentations prepared by the researchers regarding the projects they currently work on soon unveiled the interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary focus of the research conducted at CASA and the expertise the centre contained.
CASA’s diverse research ranged from projects modelling the migration flows between cities in Europe to projects utilizing data from archaeological sites to model retail systems in middle Bronze and Iron Age. One of their latest projects was part of the Something Else for The Weekend which recently took place at UCL. The aim of the project was to map, with the use of new technologies, one of the literary routes described in the graphic novel “From Hell”, Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s fictionalisation of Jack the Ripper.
Regarding the exhibits, the absolute highlight was the Pigeon Sim which allows you to fly over London’s landmarks and at the same time cross various data feeds, such as real-time tweets or travel information, as they go. The other exhibits were also based on representations of real London-related data in a combination of physical and digital formats. The London Data Table, for example, showed real time data regarding e.g. bicycle hire usage or live traffic updates projected onto a London shaped table.
Below are some photos from the event:
By Chris J Dillon, on 23 May 2013
Bridge to China has received an e-Learning Development Grant for Mandarin conversations.
Bridge to China is a community-sourced grammar of modern Mandarin running on the UCL Confluence wiki. The conversations will bring it one step closer to being an open source Mandarin course.
A recent Digital Linguists’ Network event covers the history of the Norwegian Wiki and Bridge to China. A video of the one-hour session is available.
Please get in contact if you would be interested in contributing Mandarin sentences, texts, conversations, recordings, artwork etc.!
By Sarah Davenport, on 21 May 2013
Thursday 23 May
Institute of English Studies
Room 234, Senate House
University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU
Faith Lawrence (King’s College London): ‘Reframing Popular Culture: Media Fannish Response From Slideshows to ‘Mashups’
The mash-up video rose to prominence as part of the web 2.0 remix ethos, but the roots of the phenomenon are much deeper. This talk will look at the history of “vidding” from its pre-digital origins in media fandom in the 1970s to highly technical works produced today. In doing so we will consider some of the significant contributions with the genre and look at how the narratives expressed in the works parallel and reflect on traditional literary tropes and motifs while offering and illustrating alternate readings. Examples will explore the multitude of ways the video creators – as audience – respond to, celebrate, deconstruct and reinterpret the narratives of popular culture across the decades and themselves in relation to them.
Warning: this talk contains nudity/sexuality, violence, scenes which the viewer may find disturbing and 80s power ballads. Specific warnings will be given as appropriate during the course of the presentation.
By Sarah Davenport, on 16 May 2013
Thursday 6th June, 9:30am-5:00pm
Room G31, Foster Court
As part of the Social Media Knowledge Exchange (SMKE), UCL, together with its project partners, is hosting a one day workshop on 6th June on the theme: Social Media and the Museum.
General workshop theme: how social media is changing museum practice and visitor experience; how social media can be integrated into museums and collections.
This is a one day workshop with talks from a range of academic and non-academic social media experts, targeted at doctoral students and early career researchers. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion as well as hands on practical experience. Workshop places are strictly limited and so early registration is necessary. Please register via Eventbrite.
Please see the SMKE website for full programme information.
Registration is also now open for the SMKE conference on 2 & 3 July.
By Sarah Davenport, on 7 May 2013
How did the large and cultural powerful countries Britain, France, and Germany influence public debates in smaller countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg?
Cultural historians and digital humanists at UCL and the universities of Utrecht and Trier will address this question in the new research project Asymmetrical Encounters: E-Humanity Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815–1992‘ for which they have been awarded a grant of €1 million by HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). In the UK, Ulrich Tiedau (UCL Dutch/Digital Humanities) will be the Principal Investigator.
The project will explore cultural aspects of European identity and how reference cultures have changed over the course of the past two centuries. Using innovative digital techniques the project team will mine and analyse digital collections of the National Library of the Netherlands, the British Library, the Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg and other European libraries with large repositories of digitised newspapers and periodicals. Text mining and sentiment mining open up the perspective of a quantitative approach to the history of mentalities, allowing researchers to discover long-term developments and turning points in public debates, as well as to map vectors of cross-cultural influences.
HERA is a collaboration between the AHRC and twenty other European research funding organizations, with the aim to stimulate the collaboration between leading research institutions in Europe. This year funding was made available for new and exciting humanities-centred projects on the theme “Cultural Encounters”.
By Simon Mahony, on 2 May 2013
The programme for the Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2013 is now published (the abstracts will be added very soon). This year we will be recording video and so presentation slides, audio and video files will be available.
These seminars range far beyond an interest in the ancient world. Each paper must have an innovative digital component and incorporate Digital Humanities techniques and methodologies. The series seeks to accommodate broader theoretical considerations of the use of digital technology in Classical Studies. The content needs to be of interest both to classicists, ancient historians or archaeologists, and to information specialists or digital humanists, and have an academic research agenda relevant to at least one of those fields.
All seminars are on Fridays at 16:30 at Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU and the programme flyer can be downloaded as a PDF.
All are welcome; these are public events with no need to book.
By Sarah Davenport, on 18 April 2013
Centre for Digital Humanities (UCLDH), the Barlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) and UCL Museums and Public Engagement have launched a digital dashboard highlighting the UCL Museums and Collections.
Check it out at http://citydashboard.org/uclmuseums/
Part of the bigger CityDashboard project, this special version shows data from, or relevant to, UCL Museums and Collections. It is part of the NeISS project and was jointly funded by JISC and UCL Museums and Public Engagement.
By Melissa M Terras, on 15 April 2013
We’re going into our fourth year at UCLDH, and there have been quite a few changes along the way. Since the centre was founded under the direction of Professor Claire Warwick, Claire has also taken on Head of Department in UCL Department of Information Studies, as well as Vice Dean of Research for the Arts and Humanities faculty. Over the past year, Claire and myself (Melissa Terras) have been co-directing the centre. I’m pleased, proud, and a little bit nervous to say that from now on I’ll be taking on full operational duties as Director of UCLDH, still working closely with Claire, who remains committed to Digital Humanities as a subject, and UCLDH in particular. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Claire for her continued input into UCLDH – and I look forward to working with her in this slightly different capacity over the next few years, as well as the rest of the team at UCLDH, and putting my efforts into building up UCLDH even further after its great start.