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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.

Time, Trust and Authority – is Web 2.0 the tool for you?

By Claire S Ross, on 26 April 2010

Event: Time, Trust and Authority – is Web 2.0 the tool for you?

As part of the launch celebrations of UCL’s Centre for Digital Humanities, we have teamed up with Information Services Division to bring you Time, Trust and Authority – is web 2.0 the tool for you?

Information Services Division and UCLDH would like to invite you to a series of ’15 minutes’ demonstrations and case studies, focusing on new Web and online applications and how they are used by UCL. Come and learn something new about Web 2.0 in easily digestible chunks!

Place: Haldane Room off the North Cloisters

Time: 11am to 3pm on Friday 21st May

Cakes: Coffee and cakes will be available from 10.45am

There is no need to pre-register or book a session – just turn up for as much or as little as you want.

The UCL Centre for Digital Humanities is the hub of a network, bringing together work being done in different departments and research centres within UCL, as well as working closely with UCL Library Services and Museums & Collections, to undertake research that addresses important questions in the field of Digital Humanities.

For more details visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/dh/events

The Information Services Division works closely with staff in academic departments and other UCL support services to provide UCL’s central IT facilities, including high performance computing facilities for research, multimedia and AV support, Moodle, the UCL VLE, and software support and training.

Shelf life: The Future of the book: World book day 2010

By Claire S Ross, on 4 March 2010

Happy World Book Day! How are you going to experience a book today?  Hardback, paperback, ebook? There are more and more options about what to read,  what environment to read in, and different ways of reading to choose from.  It begs the question what makes a book a book?

For hundreds of years, the printed book has provided people with education, information and entertainment, yet today the supremacy of Gutenberg’s technology seems under threat.   Does the rise of electronic publishing forecast the death of the book?

Has the book reached the end of its shelf life or is this merely a transitional phase during which books – like music and photography before them – become part of the digital age?

As part of the World Book Day celebrations UCL has produced a podcast about books in the digital age with Professor Henry Woudhuysen and Professor Iain Stevenson, you can find out more and listen here.

UCLDH is also very interested in the future of the book, and is working on the INKE project, researching to advance our understanding of how reading texts and using information is affected by digital delivery.

There is also going to be a lunchtime lecture on the 11th March to discuss what the future of the book holds.   UCL lunchtime lectures are streamed so if you can’t attend the event you can always watch it here


By Claire S Ross, on 19 February 2010




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What can you learn in 15 minutes about web 2.0?

By Claire S Ross, on 16 February 2010

Today UCL’s Information Services Department put on a series of demonstrations about web2.0 and online applications. It was nicely timed as Research report about the Challenges, usages and benefits of social media in higher education was released not so long ago, and makes for very interesting reading.

The fact that UCL has recognised that social media is becoming an increasingly important aspect for institutions to consider is fantastic. Not only that, but they thought it was necessary to run demonstrations for anybody interested in learning more about web 2.0. Brilliant. The format worked really well, 15minute demonstrations were run during the day about the most used social media applications, and how they can be used in an academic context. It really broke it down into bite sized chunks. This was also streamed live, so I had the pleasure of watching from the comfort of my office.

What I really enjoyed about this was the direct feedback I received. I started tweeting about the demonstrations and attached a link to the live stream. Within five minutes, whilst watching the streaming I recieved a mention, as did ernestopriego they then answered any questions we had, and dealt with streaming problems accordingly. This is a brilliant example of how utilising different web 2.0 applications for one event can turn into virtual extension of the physical event. Allowing for more conversations and discussions to occur and ideas and collaborations to form.

On that note: the demonstrations and the twitter conversations sparked a series of interesting questions:

If UCL is utilising web2.0 applications:

  • Is the content archived?
  • What happens when you leave UCL?
  • Can you take that content with you?
  • Are there IPR issues to be considered?
  • Can the conversations, networking and discussion data be captured? should it be?

These are all important questions which need to asked and considered. Hopefully these are questions that the centre for Digital Humanities will be attempting to answer in the coming months.