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New Programming Historian Partnership

By Adam Crymble, on 8 December 2020

Programming Historian Logos

UCLDH is proud to announce its support for Programming Historian, by joining their Institutional Partnership Programme. For the past decade, Programming Historian has been an integral part of the digital humanities teaching and learning infrastructure, with more than 140 open access peer-reviewed tutorials published in 4 languages. With many universities around the world still not offering adequate digital skills training to their staff or students, projects such as this one remain crucial.

Our own lecturer of Digital Humanities, Adam Crymble, is one of the founding editors of the project, and has been an integral part of their push towards sustainable open access publishing models in digital humanities. He looks forward to deepening the links between UCL and Programming Historian, and welcomes queries from UCL colleagues looking for support to integrate Programming Historian tutorials in their remote teaching offerings or postgraduate training programmes.

Centre Director, Julianne Nyhan says. ‘This open access, peer reviewed resource supports the teaching and learning of Digital Humanities across the world. It scaffolds new, emerging and established Digital Humanists to tinker, play, critique, imagine and make digital resources, in other words, to make the Digital Humanities their own. We are delighted to have the opportunity to support the excellent work of Programming Historian’.

With thanks to the Department of Information Studies for financial support.

Affect, Audience Experience and the Digital Humanities

By Vasileios Routsis, on 12 December 2013

Affective Experiences

Authors: Christina Kamposiori & Vasileios Routsis

Monday 9th December 2013 saw our conference ‘Affective Experiences: media art, design & research’ which took place at the Parasol Unit: foundation for contemporary art. This conference was a great opportunity to close the conversations we started on February on the context of the AHRC funded project ‘New Media, Audiences and Affective Experiences’.

Professor Ernest Edmonds

The project aimed to establish a platform for creative dialogue and collaboration for doctoral students from City University London, Kings College London, Middlesex University, New London Graduate School (NLGS) and University College London in the academic fields of Creative Industries and Practice, Art and Design and Digital Humanities. In this context, we were honoured to represent UCLDH as a distinguished partner of this collaborative effort. During the lifetime of the project, we organised three seminars that took place at the City University London, discussing research methods in the direction of understanding audience engagement and cultural experience through digital technologies.

Lars HoeghThrough our one day conference we aimed to bring together artists, PhD students and established academics and researchers from a variety of disciplines, including art and design, cultural and creative industries, media studies, museum studies and the digital humanities. Participants presented their research and discussed new developments on understanding and measuring affect and audience experience in the digital age.

Professor Melissa Terras presenting Textal

In particular, our keynote and panel speakers addressed issues from a wide and diverse spectrum of perspectives, ranging from the theoretical aspects of affect and perception in relation to audience experience to the more practice-based ones. For example, we had the opportunity to hear from artists and museum professionals on the innovative ways they used to engage with audiences, such as interactive installations, experiments and digital applications. In addition, we looked on methodologies and applications for furthering audience/user related-research; that is also when Professor Melissa Terras presented Textal.

Professor Lisa Blackman

Concluding, this conference was a stimulating experience and we hope that the end of this project will be a start for new collaborations and discussions on the issues of affect, audience/user experience and digital technologies in the Arts & Humanities and Culture.


Special thanks to Irida Ntalla, PhD Candidate at City University London (project’s principal co-ordinator), Marianne Markowski, PhD Candidate at Middlesex University (programme committee member), Anastasia-Yvoni Spiliopoulou, UCL Digital Humanities MA Graduate (conference volunteer) and Kathianne Hingwan (conference volunteer) for the great collaboration!

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.


eHumanities Seminar in Leipzig

By Simon Mahony, on 9 October 2012

I’m very pleased to have been invited to open the 2012 Leipzig e-Humanities Seminar series. Their new e-Humanities Centre is a collaborative venture between the computer scientists and humanities scholars there. My title for the talk is The Digital Classicist: building a Digital Humanities Community. I’ve been asked to analyze and present my experiences with helping to build this cross-disciplinary community and particularly as the organizers tell me that they have modeled their series on the long-running and successful Digital Classicist one. I’m very much looking forward to visiting Leipzig and regret that I will not be able to stay for longer.

Infographic: Quantifying Digital Humanities

By Melissa M Terras, on 20 January 2012


Infographic: Quantifying Digital Humanities

You may remember that back in December, I (Melissa Terras) gathered some stats about Digital Humanities. I turned these into an infographic, which is available in full technicolour and much higher res than this blog will allow, over at the UCLDH Flickr account. The infographic is courtesy of UCLDH as it generously paid for the graphic design to allow this to happen.

Wait! You want a print version? Well, find a 300dpi CYMK version here.

We at UCLDH are also going to get some printed up as posters -more about that soon, hopefully, once we figure out the costs involved.

Just a few words on the process. This was an inclusive, not an exclusive, attempt at trying to pull together available statistics on Digital Humanities. I’m aware there are a lot of things that dont appear on the infographic – major individual projects, for example. But it was the best that we could do, with the information available. I’m still collecting statistics, and interested in anything else that comes to light – I need to dig out the subscription numbers for LLC in the early 2000s, for example – but if you are not represented here, and have some statistics to share, do let me know via @melissaterras. Depending on reception, we may do an updated version of this.

Additionally, I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions on other things we can do in this vein to scope out and promote our field. Its been fun to put together – even if snow in Seattle stopped play for a week or so in the round of final edits with the designers – and after I’ve done some serious academic work we plan on doing some more of these.

We hope you like it!

10 places available for Hidden Histories Symposium, 17 September 2011, UCL

By Sarah Davenport, on 6 September 2011

On Saturday 17 September,  HIDDEN HISTORIES: SYMPOSIUM ON METHODOLOGIES FOR THE HISTORY OF COMPUTING IN THE HUMANITIES c.1949-1980, will talke place in UCL, sponsored by HKFZ and UCLDH.  Presentations include, in the following running order:

  • Opening Keynote: Beyond chronology and profession: discovering how to write a history of the Digital Humanities, Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London; Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney.
  • Knowledge Spaces and Digital Humanities, Claudine Moulin, Universitaet Trier, Germany
  • Unwriting the history of Humanities Computing, Edward Vanhoutte, Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature – Ghent, Belgium
  • Crowd sourcing: beyond the traditional boundaries of academic history, Melissa Terras, Dept. Information Studies, UCL
  • Different stories to be lived and told: recovering Lehmann James Oppenheimer (1868-1916) for the narrative of the Irish Arts & Crafts movement (1894-1925), James G.R. Cronin, School of History & Centre for Adult Continuing Education, University College Cork, Ireland.
  • Oral History and acts of recovery: humanizing history?, Andrew Flinn, Dept. Information Studies, UCL
  • Lost origins of Information Science, Vanda Broughton, Dept. Information Studies, UCL
  • Plus ça change: a historical perspective on the institutional context of Digital Humanities,  Claire Warwick, Dept. Information Studies, UCL
  • (Virtual presentation) DH pioneers and progeny: some reflections on generational accomplishment and engagement in the Digital Humanities, Ray Siemens, Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria
  • Closing Keynote Data vs. Text: forty years of confrontation, Lou Burnard, Oxford University Computing Services (Emeritus)
  • Discussion: towards an oral history of Computing in the Humanities, Chaired by Anne Welsh and Julianne Nyhan, Dept. Information Studies, UCL

Thanks to funding from UCLDH and HKFZ, we are now able to invite approximately 10 extra participants, waive their cover fee, provide them with a light lunch and invitation to our evening reception (beginning at c.18:00 on Saturday 17 September). Please contact Julianne Nyhan and Anne Welsh directly if you are interested in attending: places will be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. Unfortunately places are otherwise by invitation only but podcasts / videos of some presentations will be posted online after the event.

Digital Classicist summer seminar series

By Simon Mahony, on 14 May 2011

image of boy with tablet PC, Eucharides Painter

The programme for the 2011 Digital Classicist summer seminar series is now available on The Stoa. As in previous years, we have a wide range of papers on diverse topics from an international field of early career and established scholars, and practitioners.  Full abstracts will be available on the Digital Classicist website shortly.

As always these seminars are held at the Institute of Classical Studies at Senate House, London on Friday afternoons at 4:30 (a good excuse to finish early) and are followed by wine, refreshments and a trip to a local pub. Check the Digital Classicist webpage or discussion list for any updates and confirmation of the room number and location.

All are welcome.

Rescheduled – Painless Introduction to…. Digital Humanities

By Claire S Ross, on 10 June 2010

XML? TEI? RDF?        Eh?

Ever wondered what on earth Digital Humanities is?  Who we are? What we do?

Come along to our painless introduction, a brief seminar designed to introduce researchers to basic concepts and techniques in digital humanities.
Date: Monday 28th June
Time: 13:00 to 13:45
Location: Room 101 Foster Court, UCL