Looking Back and Counting Forward

NI-Hex-2016-2011-ResultsSo what about these hexagons? IS this the new digital Giant’s Causeway? They were all the rage during the UK General Election last year – to the extent that the BBC actually constructed a physical jigsaw in their atrium out of them. At the time I mused on there usefulness for providing a pseudo-spatial representation of return data. At the time I was largely positive and have subsequently experimented with their usage in place of heat maps – as in the example below looking at healthcare coverage. On a popular basis they appear to have been a passing fancy with the major media organisations abandoning them just a year later during the UK local and regional elections. I haven’t abandoned them yet myself and found that for the NI election this week they offered a useful sense on the allocation of seats by constituency.Continue Reading

Google, Alphabet and Digital Scholarship


The last workshop of the season concluded the Digital Humanities Initiative at Queen’s sponsored by Special Collections in the Library. Today’s topic: Google Tools for Digital Scholarship – brought me to reflect on a few of the more salient aspects of the fluidity of data and tools in the digital age. I began delivering this […]

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Reflecting on the Breadth of DH Development at Queen’s

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I was asked to ponder what the Digital Humanities initiative at Queen’s had accomplished over the past two years. I think it’s a great idea to reflect occasionally on where we have come from so as to have a better sense of where we are going; who we are serving, inspiring and empowering and how we might […]

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Following Up with CartoDB

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We had great turnout for Monday’s workshop ‘Putting Your Data on the Map’ where we explored a variety of factors to consider when undertaking Geospatial Visualisation. The two part workshop offered some theoretical grounding as well as a semi-hands-on session with a couple tools: UMap and CartoDB.

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Using Social Media to Achieve Research Impact

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I was asked, as part of the Queen’s Gender Initiative (QGI),  to share a few ideas around why it has become so important for academics to engage with social media to achieve research impact. I focus on three actions : promotion, connection, and collaboration as a means to find personal academic research success. Ultimately, social media offers […]

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Spring Digital Workshops in the Humanities


DigitalHumanities@TheLibrary and the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities invite you to enjoy and benefit for a series of interactive workshops and seminars specifically targeted at humanities and social science scholars curious and eager to accelerate their research practise. They are developed and delivered in a concise and focussed manner to compress valuable information into a convenient period and get […]

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Irish Health Centres

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The HSE posted two new datasets to Open Data Ireland and I wanted to determine how quickly and effectively these might be visualised. In this case I used CartoDB and created a hexagonal data map. Interesting. A few immediate findings. Why Hexagons? … It all goes back to the most recent UK general election – […]

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Network Analysis and Visualisation in the Humanities

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Increasingly digital scholarship is expanding to look not just at discrete objects but to better understand the relationships between persons, places and things. A popular way of discovering patters and deriving new knowledge about these relationships involved visual appreciation of the relationship between data and objects and ultimately the real world phenomenon that they proxy […]

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Knowing Our Audience

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A little teaser …

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Omeka Fundamentals for Special Collections and History

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On 6 November we held an informal, focussed session with participants from Special Collections and the Department of History at Queen’s to present an overview of the possibilities and fundamentals associated with deployment of Omeka to manage and share digital collections.

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