Draft programme for DPASSH 2017


The Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL) and the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) are hosting the second ‘Digital Preservation for Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities’ conference (DPASSH 2017)  at the University of Sussex, Brighton, 14-15 June 2017.

DPASSH is a response to the problem of digital preservation within the arts and social sciences domains. It seeks to address the complexities of long-term digital preservation of the full variety of research materials; and to encourage a long-term dialogue around the issues created by such preservation.



Wednesday 14th June

Please note this is a draft programme and therefore, subject to change. 

08.30 – 09.30: Registration

09.30 – 09.45: Welcome Address TBC

09.45 – 10.45: Keynote Address by Lizzy Jongma, Senior ICT project manager for the Network of Dutch War Resources.

 You’ve done it all; you’ve broken every code”.

Changing digital repositories into research spaces for the arts, social sciences and humanities.

10.45 – 11.15: Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.45: Session 1: Domain Specific Preservation

Preserving 30 years of Digital Humanities Work: The Experience of King’s College London  Digital Lab.
James Smithies (King’s College London), Carina Westling (King’s College London) and Anna-Maria Sichani (Huygens ING)

An Online Platform to Preserve at-Risk Intangible Culture in Small Island States – an Explorative Case Study
Ingmar Nils Sturm (Island Ark Project), Dennis Redeker (Island Ark Project) and David Eichert (NYU)

Digital Preservation in Contemporary UK Visual Art
Laura Molloy (University of Oxford)

12.45 – 13.45: Lunch

13.45 – 15.15: Session 2: Beyond the object based archive

Archiving form and function: preserving a 2003 digital project
Stewart Arneil, Martin Holmes (University of Victoria, Canada)

Digitally Preserving a Mapping Project: The Tim Robinson Archive at National University of Ireland, Galway
Aisling Keane, Cillian Joy, Peter Corrigan, Nessa Cronin (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Preserving Social Media: applying principles of digital preservation to social media archiving
Sara Day Thomson (Digital Preservation Coalition)

15.15 – 15.45: Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.45: Panel 1: Libraries and Publishers: ‘Challenges in providing and sustaining access to large quantities of digital data/collections’

Jane Harvell (Head of Academic Services, Special Collections, University of Sussex)

Paola Marchionn (Jisc)
Jennifer Kemp (Adam Matthew Digital Ltd)
Will Prentice (British Library, Sound Collections)
Fiona Courage (University of Sussex and Mass Observation Curator)

17:00 – 18:30: Wine Reception at Attenbourgh Centre for Creative Arts (Falmer Campus)

Thursday 15th June

09.00 – 09.30: Tea / Coffee

09.30 – 10.30: Panel 2: ‘More than a library': Exploring the public value of Europeana

Natalia Grincheva (University of Melbourne)
Timothy Duguid (University of Glasgow)
Caroline Ardrey (University of Birmingham)
Nanna Bonde Thylstrup (University of Copenhagen)

10.30 – 11.30: Session 3: Tools and Perspectives

Digital Preservation: An Irish Perspective
Alice Kearns (Independent researcher)

Artivity: a tool to collect contextual research data for art practice
Athanasios Velios (University of the Arts London)
Sebastian Faubel, Moritz Eberl (Semiodesk GmbH)

Preserving Our Digital Heritage- The National Library of Ireland’s Web Archive
Maria Ryan (National Library of Ireland)

IIIF for DRI: It wasn’t just for the zoom (honest!)
Stuart Kenny, Kathryn Cassidy (Digital Repository of Ireland)

11.30 – 12.00: Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.00: Session 4: Arts and Preservation: Theory and Practice

Digital Assemblages at the Crossroads of Art, Technology and the Human
Néill O’Dwyer (Trinity College Dublin)

Musical Organics: A Heterarchical Approach to Digital Organology
Thor Magnusson (University of Sussex)

Synesthetic Visualization: Balancing Sensate Experience and Sense Making in Digitized Print Collections
Stefania Forlini (University of Calgary)
Uta Hinrichs (University of St Andrew)

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.30: Session 5: Infrastructure and data modelling

A Data Model for Long-term Archiving of Researches and Publications
Mouhamed Wael Al Sidawi (University of Freiburg, Germany)

Preserving and Managing Digital Arts and Humanities Data in the Open Science Cloud
Eva Cetinic, Davor Davidovic, Karolj Skala (Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Croatia)

Knowledge Preservation – Rethinking Digital Preservation for Libraries
Neil Jefferies (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)

15.30 – 15.45: Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.45:  Panel 3: Saving everything? Appraisal and Preservation 

Records Professionals and the Digital Humanities: Addressing the Challenge of ‘Saving Everything’
Rebecca Grant (National Library of Ireland)
Elise Dunham (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Laura Molloy (University of Oxford)

Demystifying the Challenge of Saving Everything: Digital Preservation at the Houses of Parliament
Christopher Fryer (Parliamentary Archives), UK

The Future is Hybrid
Stephanie Taylor (University of London)

16.45 – 17.00: Digital Preservation Coalition Awards

17.00 – 17.15: Closing Remarks, Dr. Sharon Webb (Chair)

Registration opens for DPASSH 2017


Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Science, and Humanities 2017,

University of Sussex

Registration Now Open

DRI and the Sussex Humanities Lab are delighted to announce that DPASSH 2017 is now open for registration. Early bird registration closes 1st May.

A draft programme of papers, presentations, and expert panels has also been released, revealing an exciting and thought-provoking range of approaches on the crucial issue of long-term digital presentation.

Don’t forget that DAH scholarships to attend DPASSH are also available – final date for submission is 31 March 2017. More information here.

Remember to follow @dpasshconf for more updates, and announcements.

DAH Scholarships Available for DPASSH 2017


**Update: Applications have been received and the scholarship winners will be announced on or before 13th April 2017**

The Digital Repository of Ireland, in collaboration with the Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD Programme, is offering scholarships to attend the Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Science, and Humanities (DPASSH) conference, which will take place 14-15 June 2017 at the University of Sussex, Brighton.

DPASSH 2017 is co-hosted by Sussex Humanities Lab and Digital Repository of Ireland and the theme is ‘Preserving Abundance: The Challenge of Saving Everything’. This theme focuses on two major challenges for long-term digital preservation: maintaining access to the form and functionality of digital objects, and managing, filtering, interpreting, and critically engaging with these petabytes of information, now and in the future. As such, DPASSH 2017 will focus on both the technical, cultural, and societal challenges of digital preservation and the impact on research when (and if) everything is saved. It asks: now that the human record is digital, what methods, approaches, tools, or skills will researchers, and society, require to understand these colossal datasets?

There are scholarships available to attend this conference. Priority will be given to current DAH PhD students (although applications will be considered from others), and to those who are submitting an abstract to the conference. The scholarship will include the conference registration fee and will cover reasonable, vouched travel and accommodation expenses. To apply, submit a paragraph outlining how this conference will benefit you in your research (maximum 300 words).

Please send your paragraph and a short cover letter including your name, institution of study, year of study, title of research project and contact details in an email to this address: dpassh2017@gmail.com. The scholarship applications will remain open until March 2017. For more information about the conference, go to http://dpassh.org/.

We may also request a reference from your academic supervisor.

DAH Digital Conference – Review


The Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD Digital Conference took place on Friday 18th November, featuring keynote speakers and panels on the theme ‘Digital entanglements: the post-digital present’. A broad range of attendees, including current and former DAH PhD students, staff, academics, artists and journalists, filled the Neill Lecture Theatre in Trinity Long Room Hub to hear keynote addresses by Professor Steve Jones of University of South Florida, Professor Rod Stoneman of NUI Galway and Dr Maria Chatzichristodoulou of London South Bank University, as well as discussion panels on various aspects of the conference theme. There was a great deal of discussion about the new forms of digital research and engagement in a time, where as Professor Jones put it during his keynote address, we are seeing the ‘eversion’ of the ‘cyber’ into the ‘real world’.

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DAH Digital Conference: Full Programme & Public Registration

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The DAH Digital Conference will take place in Trinity College Dublin on Friday 18 November 2016. The conference is open to current students of the Digital Arts and Humanities PhD programme and to the wider public and will discussion panels and keynote speakers on the theme ‘Digital entanglements: the post-digital present’.

The conference will host two very special, high-profile guest keynote speakers: Prof. Steven Jones (University of South Florida) will open proceedings with the morning keynote address, and Dr. Maria Chatzichristodoulou (London South Bank University) – aka Maria X – will close proceedings with her evening address. Professor Jones’ keynote address is titled “The ‘Digital’ Humanities After The Eversion”, while Dr Chatzichristodoulou will speak on “Encountering the Digital in Performance: Deployment, Engagement, Trace”.

Rod Stoneman, Emeritus Professor of NUI Galway and former Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, will speak on “Renegotiating the Digital: the Return to the Analogue”.

There will also be morning and afternoon panels, during which academic staff with the DAH programme will discuss the current state of the Digital Arts and Humanities and future directions.

The multi-institutional collaborative PhD program in Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH), is a four-year structured doctoral research-training programme designed to enable students to carry out research in the arts and humanities at the highest level using new media and computer technologies. The DRI is the Royal Irish Academy’s co-ordinating body in DAH.

To download the programme and read more about the conference theme click here.

Steven Jones and Maria X to speak at DAH Digital Conference

Speakers have been announced for the DAH Digital Conference, taking place on 18 November 2016 in Trinity College Dublin.

Steven Jones is DeBartolo Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English, University of South Florida. He is author of The Emergence of the Digital Humanities (New York: Routledge, 2014), a book which examines this shift in our relationship to digital technology and the ways that it has affected humanities scholarship and the academy more broadly. He is also author of The Meaning of Video Games: Gaming and Textual Strategies (2008) and Against Technology: From the Luddites to Neo-Luddism (2006).
His most recent book is Roberto Busa, S.J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards (2016).

Maria Chatzichristodoulou (aka Maria X) joined London South Bank University (LSBU) in 2015 as Associate Professor in Performance and New Media, and Head of External Development and Enterprise for the School of Arts and Creative Industries. Previously she was a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Hull (2009-2015), where she also acted as Director of Postgraduate Studies for the School of Arts and New Media (2010 -2013), before moving to the School of Drama, Music and Screen (2014-15). Maria is a cultural practitioner who has worked as curator, producer, performer, writer and community organiser in the UK, Greece and internationally. She holds a PhD in Art and Computational Technologies from Goldsmiths, University of London (2010).

Maria has published in journals such as RiDE and Contemporary Theatre Review and from January 2016 will be Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. She is co-editor of the volumes Interfaces of Performance (Ashgate, 2009) and Intimacy Across Visceral and Digital Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her edited volume Live Art in the UK is due in 2017 by Bloomsbury, and her monograph Performance in Networked Cultures is due by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. Maria also co-curates the annual Digital Performance Weekender at Watermans, London, among other events.

Rod Stoneman is Emeritus Professor at National University of Ireland, Galway and former Director of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media. He was Chief Executive of the Irish Film Board until 2003 and previously a Deputy Commissioning Editor in the Independent Film and Video Department at Channel 4 Television. He is the author of Seeing is Believing: The Politics of the Image (Black Dog Publishing, 2013), Chavez: The Revolution Will Be Televised: A Case Study of Politics and the Media (Wallflower Press, 2009) and is co-editor of ‘The Quiet Man’…And Beyond: Reflections on a Classic Film, John Ford and Ireland (Liffey Press, 2009)



DAH Symposium: Preparing and completing Digital Research


The Digital Arts and Humanities PhD Programme (DAH) and the Trinity Long Room Hub will host a half-day symposium, entitled ‘Preparing and completing Digital Research: Digital Arts/Humanities PhDs and Post-Doctorates Demystified’, in the Arts Technology Research Lab (ATRL), at Trinity College Dublin. on 7 October 2016.

The event is of special interest to postgraduate students nearing the completion of their programmes.

More information and booking here.

Exhibition of DAH student practice-led artwork


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DAH Digital Arts student Levi Hanes presents a new exhibition of mixed media artworks in the 126 Gallery in Galway, opening this Friday. This exhibition has been developed, in part, through Hanes’ practice-based PhD research of deadpan and slapstick in contemporary art at the Huston School of Film and Digital Media, National University of Ireland Galway, and draws on his own expanded practice.

The exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday the 9th of September and all are welcome. The artist will give a talk on his recent artwork and research on Thursday 15th September, at 7pm which is free to attend, but places may be limited. Booking details here and here.

‘Woman with a Suitcase of Salt’ – DAH practice-led research


One of the DAH PhD students, West Connolly of Trinity College Dublin, is producing a dance/theatre show as part of his practice-led research this coming weekend. The work is entitled Woman with a Suitcase of Salt, directed by Loli Ros Gordon and features Flamenco dancers Irene Alonso “La Pasionaria” and Ana Belen Lopez Rodriguez.

The new work is the culmination of a phase of practice-based PhD research and devised workshops exploring the concepts of identity, place, time and transition.

It takes place in the Samuel Beckett Theatre in Trinity College Dublin  on Saturday 10th September 2016 at 7pm and Sunday 11th September 2016 at 3pm and 7pm. Tickets are €13/ €10 and are available to book here: https://beckett-theatre.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873562266

For more information, go to: http://www.tcd.ie/beckett-theatre/theatre-events/index.php

DRI / Marsh’s Library Seminar: ‘Reading Renaissance Marginalia in A Digital Environment’


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The Digital Repository of Ireland, the Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) PhD programme and Marsh’s Library are co-organising a interactive seminar on the history of reading on September 7th. This interactive seminar will introduce participants to ‘The Archaeology of Reading’, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project to digitize, transcribe, and make searchable the marginalia preserved in some of the most amazing books of the sixteenth century. It will be presented by Professor Earle Havens, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA and Dr Matthew Symonds, University College London.

The Archaeology of Reading is dedicated to creating a corpus of important and representative annotated texts with searchable transcriptions and translations, with the aim of enabling scholars to compare and fully analyze early modern reading, and place that mass of research material within a broader historical context. The seminar will be of particular interest to digital humanities scholars, as the Archaeology of Reading is one of the largest digital humanities projects undertaken in recent years.

The seminar will take place in the Royal Irish Academy on Wednesday 7th September from 3.30pm to 5pm. Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, email maria.oshea@marshlibrary.ie.