- Opening Keynote: Identifying the point of it all: Towards a Model of "Digital Infrapuncture", Deb Verhoeven, (Deakin University) Venue: Oxford University Museum of Natural History
- Lecture 1a: ViTA: Visualization for Text Alignment, Alfie Abdul-Rahman, (Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford) Venue: St Hugh’s College (Lecture Theatre)
- Lecture 1b: Big Data and the Humanities, Ralph Schroeder, (Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford) and Laird Barrett (Taylor & Francis) Venue: St Antony’s College (Nissan Lecture Theatre)
- Lecture 1c: Hidden Museum: Connecting Collections in Context, Scott Billings, (Oxford University Museum of Natural History, University of Oxford), Theodore Koterwas, (IT Services, University of Oxford), Jessica Suess, (Oxford University Museums, University of Oxford) Venue: St Hugh’s College (Ho Tim Seminar Room)
- Lecture 2a: Imaging beyond the Institution: How DIY Digitization Impacts Research, Judith Siefring, (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford) Venue: St Hugh’s College (Lecture Theatre)
- Lecture 2b: Linked Data and Leitmotifs – Digitally Researching the Reception of Richard Wagner’s Music-Dramas, Carolin Rindfleisch, (Faculty of Music, University of Oxford) Venue: St Antony’s College (Nissan Lecture Theatre)
- Lecture 2c: Graphic Motifs as an Aid to Handwritten Archive Transcription and Searching, Chris Powell, (The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford) Venue: St Hugh’s College (Ho Tim Seminar Room)
- Lecture 3a: An Evidence-based Assessment and Visualization of the Distribution, Sale, and Reception of Books in the Renaissance, Cristina Dondi, (Modern Languages, University of Oxford) Venue: St Hugh’s College (Ho Tim Seminar Room)
- Lecture 3b: Building and Analyzing a Semantic Network, Maria Telegina, (Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford) Venue: St Hugh’s College (Lecture Theatre)
- Lecture 3c: Crowdsourcing for GLAM and Research Projects, Victoria Van Hyning, (Faculty of English, University of Oxford) Venue: St Antony’s College (Nissan Lecture Theatre)
- Closing Keynote: Open Access and Digital Humanities – Opening up to the World, Isabel Galina, (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Venue: Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Opening Keynote: Identifying the point of it all: Towards a Model of "Digital Infrapuncture", Deb Verhoeven, (Deakin University)
In this lecture, I will present a web-based visual analytics approach for detecting similarity between texts. ViTA: Visualization for Text Alignment is the result of our “Commonplace Cultures: Mining Shared Passages in the 18th Century using Sequence Alignment and Visual Analytics” project under the Digging into Data Challenge Program (III) and it is a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the University of Chicago, and the Australian National University. The team comprises of computer scientists and domain experts in the fields of literary studies, intellectual history, and digital humanities. ViTA is a web-based visual analytics approach that allows domain experts to construct and modify a text alignment pipeline by visualizing the tools and connections for a specific method in conjunction with testing inputs and outputs. The construction of the text alignment is similar to that of an image processing pipeline. As the approach was embedded directly in the context of 18th century print culture, this approach was developed in an interdisciplinary manner, and was evaluated in intensive meetings with the domain experts at the design stage as well as after prototyping.
Big data is often considered in the context of the sciences and social sciences. In fact, many of the most exciting projects are in the humanities. The talk will cover a range of these projects, highlighting how they contribute to knowledge, their strengths and weaknesses, and ways forward. Particular attention will be paid to data sources, and debates about digital research in the humanities. The talk will also cover emerging publishing models, and how they relate to digital research.
Over the past nine months Oxford University Museums and Oxford University IT Services have been collaborating on a research project to look at best practice in terms of delivering collections content to users within museum and gallery spaces via their mobile device. A notoriously ‘heads down’ experience, the project has explored methods for utilising personal mobile devices to facilitate ‘heads up’ interactions with objects and displays, creating a hybrid physical-digital experience. In this lecture Scott, Ted and Jess will share the key findings from this research project covering key principles around usability, access and content triggering; best practice in using video, looking at when and how to use video to complement rather than distract from displays; and principles for developing interactives that provide a learning experience that enhances engagement with objects, as opposed to online features and games that focus on the technology rather than the displays. This lecture will suggest best practice principles for delivering digital collections content in museum and gallery spaces and should be interesting for anyone considering methods for encouraging public engagement with their research content in gallery spaces, historic sites or other venues.
Richard Wagner’s music, and particularly his composition with ‘leitmotifs’ (musical entities with a characteristic identity, that are used to construct musical form and to convey musical meaning) have been interpreted differently in a wide variety of academic as well as audience-aimed introductory literature. A comprehensive analysis of these interpretations can help us find out how Wagner’s music-dramas have been heard, seen and understood in different historical and cultural environments. Using this example, the lecture presents how methods and techniques of Linked Data and Semantic Web can facilitate a large-scale reception study that can deal with a wide range of source material and still compare interpretations in detail. It will discuss different ways of digitally enhancing the study of the reception and interpretation of artworks, and address the question of how we can reconcile these methods with more traditional methodologies in the Humanities. It will focus particularly on presenting the design of an ontology that not only enables the linking and structuring of digitised source material, but also enables the systematic representation and comparison of the interpretations contained in the sources.
The five-year ERC-funded 15cBOOKTRADE Project has developed digital tools to investigate, on solid and extensive evidence, the impact of the introduction of printing on early modern society. The Material Evidence in Incunabula is a database specifically designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc. Locating and dating any of these elements enables the movement of books across Europe and the US to be tracked throughout the centuries, from place of production to the books’ present locations. The TEXT-inc database describes the content of 15th-century editions in great detail and systematically – main and secondary texts, and paratexts. It also identifies the various people involved in the preparation of the editions, to understand the social network surrounding the introduction of printing in Early Modern Europe, and to study the transmission of texts in print. The project is also experimenting with image-matching software applied to 15th-century Venetian illustration, and with the scientific visualisation of data to display the movement of these books over the five-hundred year period of their existence.
This talk will give a brief introduction to crowdsourcing and outline how it might be used in GLAM and academic research. It will then focus on Zooniverse.org, the world leading academic crowdsourcing platform. Victoria will present a few examples of Zooniverse projects in the sciences and humanities, ranging from galaxy formation to penguin ecology, to full-text manuscript transcription projects created in partnership with Tate museums and archives, and the Folger Shakespeare library in Washington, D.C. This talk will present a few hypotheses and working principles about how to build projects to handle difficult material, such as early modern manuscripts and ancient Greek papyri, and suggest ways in which scholars can engage the public in order to further their own research. Zooniverse hosts a free open platform where you can build your own project. The talk will include a brief demo of the project builder. The project builder will be of particular interest to researchers with limited funding or who would like to use crowdsourcing in a teaching or small research team environment or just to experiment.
Closing Keynote: Open Access and Digital Humanities – Opening up to the World, Isabel Galina, (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)