The Humanities Matter!

By Sarah Davenport, on 19 July 2013

UCLDH and 4Hum have been very busy producing a new infographic, The Humanities Matter, using statistics and visualisations to show just how important the Humanities are. Please feel free to share!

Textal text analysis app now available!

By Sarah Davenport, on 19 July 2013

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We are really pleased to announce that Textal, our text analysis app created in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, is now available for download!

Textal is a free smartphone app for iOS that allows users to analyze documents, web pages and tweet streams, exploring the relationships between words in the text via an intuitive word cloud interface. The app generates visualizations and statics that can be shared without effort, which makes it a fun and useful tool for both research and play, bridging the gap between text analysis and mobile computing. We also see it as a public engagement activity for Digital Humanities.

You can read more at, and download Textal for free in the iTunes app store and we’re also on twitter, at @textal.

If you have an iPhone or and iPad, please try it out and send us your feedback.

Seminars: Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology; A Catalogue of Digital Editions

By Simon Mahony, on 10 July 2013


This week’s Digital Classicist seminar has a double bill with one of the speakers being a UCLDH PhD student at DIS.

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2013
16:30 Friday July 12 in room STB2, Stewart House (the far side of the courtyard towards Russell Square), Senate House.


Eleni Bozia (University of Florida)
The Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology Project

This presentation will introduce the Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology Project, a digital toolbox meant to assist individual epigraphists, archaeologists, institutions, and museums. Our project is an open-source, cross-platform web-application designed to facilitate the digital preservation, study, and electronic dissemination of ancient inscriptions and other archaeological artifacts. It allows epigraphists to digitize in 3D their squeezes using our novel cost-effective technique, which overcomes the limitations of the current methods. Also, it gives users the option to perform automatic morphological analysis and comparison between archaeological artifacts digitized in 3D, such as statues, coins, lamps, and vases.
Greta Franzini (University College London)
A Catalogue of Digital Editions:
Towards a digital edition of Augustine’s De Civitate Dei

The oldest surviving manuscript of St Augustine’s De Civitate Dei dates back to the early fifth century, and most research on it predates the 1950s. Its much debated provenance and authorship, due to being contemporary with Augustine himself, are as intriguing as its rare palaeographical features and marginalia. I am creating a detailed catalogue of extant digital editions to examine best practice in the field of digital editions. Lessons from this catalogue will be presented to help scholars better understand the field of electronic editing, and further to inform the production of my electronic edition of De Civitate Dei.


All are welcome

The seminars will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information, see the seminar website.


The Great Parchment Book article in the THE

By Sarah Davenport, on 21 June 2013

Melissa Terras, UCLDH Director, talks to the THE about the work being done at UCL to create a digital version of the fire-damaged Great Parchment Book.

MA/MSc in Digital Humanities film

By Sarah Davenport, on 20 June 2013

Poster for the MA in Digital Humanites at UCLA few months ago we were asked by the UCL Faculty of Arts and Humanities to make a film about the MA/MSc in Digital Humanities.  And we are now very pleased to present the final version! If you are interested in studying Digital Humanities, or want to know more about the subject, it’s a great starting point and source of information. Places are still available for September 2013 entry but the programme is filling up fast and the deadline for applications is 2nd August 2013. Details on how to apply can be found on the Digital Humanities section of the online prospectus.

A huge thanks to the students who took part, you all look and sound great.  Time to play spot the UCLDH staff members….

Digital Pedagogies event report

By Sarah Davenport, on 17 June 2013

Report from Rachel Kasbohm:

UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, in partnership with the Higher Education Academy, hosted a FREE ‘unconference’* focusing on bringing together the e-learning and digital humanities communities to discuss the development of ‘Digital Pedagogies’ in University teaching last Thursday.

With nearly 20 proposed sessions, about 8 proposals had to be put on the ‘back burner’ for the time being. The voted in proposals were placed throughout the day, and delegates got to construct their own experience.

Regrettably, I couldn’t have sat in on all the sessions, but the sessions that were chosen received great feedback. Twitter proved to be an excellent communication between delegates in sessions together, as well as those in different ones and who couldn’t attend on the day.

The brief wrap-up session was the first time that delegates were together since the morning to discuss their experiences, ideas and outcomes of the day. Great feedback about the ‘unconference’ structure proved that perhaps the traditional conference structure doesn’t always provide a space for innovation and discussion. Indeed, one delegate stated that her only regret of the day was that she wasn’t able to attend all the sessions!

Below are links to material of both the sessions that took place and those that didn’t:

Even more delegate blogs of the day!

Do you have a blog post, session proposals or even more information? Please comment below to share!

Thank you again from all of us at UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and Higher Education Academy!

Social Media and the Museum

By Simon Mahony, on 12 June 2013






As part of the Social Media Knowledge Exchange programme  UCLDH hosted a one day workshop on our theme, Social Media and the museum. We had a great turn out (despite the sunshine) with much thought provoking discussion. There was a good range of social media practitioners, museum professionals, students and ECRs. One of my co-organisers Claire Ross has a very extensive write up of the event on her blog and so I won’t compete with that here but instead will make the presentation slides available.

The workshop was rounded off with Social Media Challenge; an excellent competition, run by Mark Carnall (Grant Museum), getting us to think about how to respond to those awkward and difficult posts,tweets etc. that result from a social media presence.

Full programme information is on the SMKE website and registration is open for the two day SMKE Conference in Cambridge on 2 & 3 July.



Seminar: An Ontology for 3D Visualisation in Cultural Heritage

By Simon Mahony, on 11 June 2013


This week’s seminar in the Digital Classicist & Institute of Classical Studies Summer seminars for 2013:

Valeria Vitale (King’s College London)
‘An Ontology for 3D Visualisation in Cultural Heritage’

Time: Friday June 14th at 16:30
Place: Room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Behind each scholarly 3D visualisation is a thorough study of records, iconography, literary sources, artistic canons and precedents. However, this research process is seldom visible in the final outcome to either the general public or the academy. This paper suggests the use of an RDF ontology to describe 3D models, identify relationships, and connect them to their diverse related sources (photographs, GIS coordinates, academic literature, etc.). If such an ontology can be derived and applied it will optimise the documentation process, and further, allow 3D visualisations to join and enrich the growing network of linked digital resources to study the past.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

All are welcome

The series is being recorder for audio and video which will be made available on the seminar webpage along with presentation slides.

The full 2013 programme is now online.

British Library Labs project talk

By Sarah Davenport, on 10 June 2013

Monday 17 June, 12:30-13:30

G31, Foster Court

Mahendra Mahey, Project Manager, British Library Labs, is coming to UCL to give a lunchtime talk and an update on the project.

British Library Labs is about engaging researchers and software developers to carry out some innovative research and development with the Library’s amazing digital collections, through competitions and various other activities such as hack events, virtual hangouts etc.

Mahendra will give an update about the project and how students and staff can engage with Labs which will include the chance for discussion and engaging with some of the Library’s digital collections and data.

He will also talk about the current competition that is being run (deadline for entries is the 26th June 2013), where you could win up to £3000 and a chance to have a residency at the British Library to work on your idea with the direct financial and expert support from British Library staff.

Please feel free to bring your lunch!

Digital Classicist seminar series

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.