DAH Core Strands Spring Term 2012

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Humanities Strand

Download the Syllabus for Humanities Tools and Methodologies Module

Wednesday 8th February

Session 1: Dr John Keating and Aja Teehan (NUI Maynooth)
User Studies and User Needs
Dr Sharon Webb (NUI Maynooth)
DRI Requirements Study

This seminar will focus on the place of User analysis in the design and implementation of Digital Humanities projects. Use Case Analysis (a software engineering tool and methodology) and the related concepts of Primary and Secondary Use Cases will be introduced and discussed. The Unified Modeling Language (UML) will be introduced and its application to modeling logical, physical and digital classes of documents, as Primary Use Cases will be examined. Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this seminar, learners will be able to (a) describe the needs of Users in relation to a digital humanities public resource; (b) evaluate a basic Use Case Analysis for a digital humanities public resource; (c) evaluate how well digital humanities resources cater for the needs of their users.

Session 2: Dr Mike Cosgrave (UCC)
Databases: Your Phone bill comes from a database
We don’t yet live in The Matrix, but databases, collections of structured, encoded data, touch every part of our daily lives. Humanities data is often loosely formed and unstructured, and bridging the gap between data and database is a challenge. In this session we will look at the sea of data we swim in on a daily basis, examine the basic approaches to how that data in structured. We will draw some simple Entity Relationship diagrams, look some SQL and see how relational databases work. Time permitting, we will review the development of data gathering from Hollerith and the 1890 Census to the Holocaust and beyond.

Followup Readings:
    1. Price, Kenneth M., “Edition, Project, Database, Archive, Thematic Research Collection: What’s in a Name? “ Digital Humanities Quarterly, Summer 2009 Volume 3 Number 3
    2. Dillon, L. Y., “International partners, local volunteers and lots of data: the 1881 Canadian census project.”, History and Computing 2000, VOL 12; PART 2, pages 163-176
    3. Deconinck-Brossard, F., “Historical research and relational databases: a case study of the Durham 1774 Visitation Returns.”, History and Computing2000, VOL 12; PART 2, pages 215-226

4.30 pm Reception including Video-Conference Presentation by University of Ulster (on CAIN project – Conflict Archive on the Internet)

Thursday 9th February

Session 3: Shawn Day (RIA)
Digital Project Management and Collaborative Strategies: What is the place of the Scholar in Social Scholarship?

This portion of the symposium will expand on the basics of digital project management by considering the roles of socially enabled tools and process to conduct, share and develop your research. The digital shift is changing the pace and the ways in which we interact and the volume of data that we attempt to mine for information. The objective of this session is to determine how this affects you: how you can take positive control and leverage the shift to work more effectively and efficiently with your supervisor and colleagues and your own research project. This session will build on the participation from the discussion forums during the first semester core module, evaluating their effect and extending this by looking to other case studies to consider how students can gain in this new paradigm. The objective of this stream is to consider how technology and principles impact on your project and to begin to prepare a discussion paper for your sharing with colleagues on this emerging topic.

Session 4: Dr Tony Hall (Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education
Narrative Technology in Digital Humanities Education
Presentation 2 : Digital Literacy and Narrativity

This session will examine the potential of ‘narrative technology’ to enhance digital humanities education. The synergy of easy-to-use, high-potential technology, and archetypal, well-known storytelling devices and processes, is creating scope for enhanced creativity and collaboration using computing. In addition to outlining contemporary debates and issues in the educational sciences and the design of educational innovations, a number of technologies will be used to illustrate possibilities. These will include animation; digital storytelling; and app development for mobile and ultra-portable devices. The talk will look at the potential role of narrative technologies as tools for pedagogy, reflection and research in digital humanities education.
Schedule for Part II

1. Tuesday Feb 14 (10-12) – Dr Mike Cosgrave (Dept of History, UCC)
Lecture:  Data Analysis: “…1 Historian and 4 programmers..”
Presentation: Textual Data Analysis 

Rockwell, Geoffrey “What is Text Analysis anyway” Literary & Linguistic Computing, Vol 18, No 2 (2003) pp209-219 is the basic pre-reading for this topic.
Yu, Bei “An Evaluation of text classification methods for literary study” Literary & Linguistic Computing, Vol 23, No 3 (2008) p327-342 is significantly more complex, and indicative of sort of work at the statistically heavy end of the area – you should look at it briefly as an example.

2. Tuesday Feb 21 (10-12) – Dr. Rebecca Wall Forrestal (Dept. of History, TCD)
Lecture:  Introduction to GIS
Presentation: GIS for the Humanities: A Very Brief Introduction

General reference:
M.N. DeMers, GIS For Dummies, 2009.

ESRI ArcGIS Resource Center , go to Functions -> Mapping -> ArcMap Help
GIS Tutorials 1-3, from ESRI Press, 2010

Spatial Analysis for the Humanities and Social Sciences:
Ian Gregory, A Place in History: A Guide to Using GIS in Historical Research, 2003. Full text available online at g2gp/gis/index.asp> (This is a tremendously useful overview!)
Anne Kelly Knowles, ed., Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History, 2002.
Available in the TCD Map Library (MAP 910.2 P294)
Henry Chapman, Landscape Archaeology and GIS, 2006.

The Historical GIS Research Network: <www.hgis.org.uk>
This website has a number of resources including a very good bibliography and links to a wide variety of current projects.

Richard White, ‘What is spatial history?‘, published on the website of the Spatial History Project, Stanford University: <http://www.stanford.edu/group/spatialhistory/cgi-bin/site/pub.php?id=29>

See also the visualizations and other work being done in the Mapping the Republic of Letters project, also at Stanford University: <https://republicofletters.stanford.edu/>

3. Tuesday March 6 (10-12) – Dr Kate Laity (Fulbright Visiting Fellow, Moore Institute, NUIG)
Lecture:  Social Media and Open Scholarship
Presentation: Social Media and Open Scholarship

4. Tuesday March 13 (10-12) – Dr John Keating and Aja Teehan (An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth)
Lecture:  Repository Design and Development

5. Tuesday March 27 (10-12) – Professor Susan Schreibman (Long Room Hub, TCD)
Lecture:  Modelling and Knowledge Representation

6. Tuesday April 3 (10-12) – convenor Professor Margaret Kelleher (An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth)
Lecture:  Concluding Session



Arts Strand

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Thursday (10-12) – distance (as in Semester 1)

1. Histories of Digital Art 1:
Lecture: The Historical Avant-Garde’s Technological Innovations (From Symbolism to Futurism)

2. Histories of Digital Art 2:
Lecture: Experimental Cinema, Multimedia, Video Art (Brakhage, Wooster Group, Paik)

3. Histories of Digital Arts 3: Electric Sounds

4. Cultural Conditions of Digital Art 1:
Identity and digital culture. (From Telenet to Second Life to Facebook)

5. Cultural Conditions of Digital Art 2: Politics of digital culture. (Digital Warfare, Revolutions, Subjectivity)

6. Philosophical Questioning 1: Technology, Art, Simulation (Heidegger, Benjamin, Baudrillard)

7. Philosophical Questioning 2: Postmodernism to Post-humanism (Zizek, Hayles, Agamben)

8. Philosophical Questioning 3: Digital Aesthetics

9. Digital Technologies of Representation 1 (Hybrid, Networked, Virtual)

10. Digital Technologies of Representation 2 (Interactive, Gaming, Web-based)

11. Digital Technologies of Representation 3 (Bio-art, Robotics, AI)