DH Course Offering

DH@The Library have developed a series of innovative workshops and seminars to build Digital Humanities capacity and stimulate collaborative opportunities.

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Introduction to Digital Humanities ( QUB001 – 4 hrs)
This workshop explores trends and initiatives in the digital humanities community of practice. Participants gain an appreciation of from where the field has emerged and how it interacts with traditional disciplines in the humanities. This seminar targets those in traditional humanities disciplines as well as the wider academy as digital humanities is both collaborative and multidisciplinary in practise. It provides a broad and easy introduction to the practise of digital humanities and will especially appeal to new scholars looking to transform their traditional scholarship with digital tools and methodologies.
Introduction to Omeka (QUB003 – 2/4 hrs)
This workshop provides a solid, concise and applied introduction to the Omeka platform as a means of managing digital objects and collections. Omeka offers a powerful platform for your own use or to make your research outcomes available to a wider audience. Increasingly scholarship in the humanities involves developing a narrative around collections of digital assets – Omeka is a powerful and approachable tool to accomplish this. This workshop provides a hands-on experience with Omeka, a particularly powerful, standards driven tool for managing collections of digitised objects. It is deigned to provide immediate familiarity with this tool and participants will be in a position to start adding digital objects to Omeka collections and creating their own exhibitions immediately following their participation.
Advanced Omeka Authoring and Integration (QUB013 – 3hrs)
This workshop builds on the introductory workshop – extending skills based on user experience to create bespoke digital exhibitions and to begin to work with Omeka at a PHP and CSS level to create custom themes, modify plug-ins and interact with the Omeka platform at a server administration level. It also looks at how Omeka can be extended using the Neatline set of plug-ins.
Introduction to Data Visualisation (QUB002 – 2/4 hrs)
Data Visualisation skills are of increasing importance in analysing and presenting humanities scholarship. Participants in this workshop-oriented course gain an overview of emerging practice through engagement with a variety of case studies. This workshop will identify a variety of techniques for spatial, textual and relational visualisation of data as a means to identify and explore patterns and trends. It will be of interest to researchers working in both humanities and social science as well as related disciplines.
This course will lead into more advanced hands-on workshops in specific aspects of data visualisation.
On completion of this workshop attendees will be better suited to evaluate between available tools and to further explore those germane to their research demands.
Tools for Digital Scholarly Innovation (QUB014 – 2 hrs)
Increasingly, humanities scholars are exploring their research materials using spatial and temporal tools and methodologies. Plotting when and where events took place, helps to expose patterns previously hidden and to suggest hypotheses for further investigation. The simple and powerful tools explored as part of this workshop leverage and mine aspects of your own data. They provide means to create innovative, rich storytelling environments that challenge conventional means of communication.
workshop participants will explore 4 novel tools that can bring new dimensions to your existing research plans:

  • TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually,rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations.
  • JuxtaposeJS helps storytellers compare two pieces of similar media, including photos, and gifs. It’s ideal for highlighting then/now stories that explain slow changes over time (grown of a city skyline, regrowth of a forest, etc.) or before/after stories that show the impact of single dramatic events (natural disasters, protests, wars, etc.). It is free, easy to use, and works on all devices. All you need to get started are links to the images you’d like to compare.
  • StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. It is a new tool, yet stable in our development environment, and it has a friendly authoring tool.
  • ESRI StoryMaps combine interactive maps and multimedia content into elegant user experiences. They make it easy for you to harness the power of maps to tell your stories.
    This seminar would be of interest to wide side variety of scholars in the arts, humanities and social sciences that work with digital objects currently or are considering their applicability to a larger research project.
The Digital Transformation of Research (AHS7001 – 6/8 hrs)
This workshop is presented as a one-day module exploring how digital research tools and methods are a effecting and changing scholarship and the generation of new knowledge. It provides a practical and informal hands-on session, seeking to learn from one another’s experiences and learnings to enhance our own personal research tactics and strategies. Digital tools have led to a change in the way we process data, both with powerful new tools, but also how we relate to one another as human beings. The rapid rise of social media is but one marker of the way in which the ‘digital’ has entered our everyday lives. In today’s academic research environment this evolution has led to a rise in social scholarship and new forms of collaborative engagement.This workshop addresses questions such as:

  • What new skills are called for?
  • What tools are emerging?
  • Wherecanyou ndmoreinformation?
  • How profound is the shift in academic practice?
  • Do I need to learn to code?
  • How engaged in digital practice do I need to engage in to go further in academia?
  • What does the digital turn mean for me?
  • How do you employ digital tools today?
  • Are you keeping up with your colleagues?
  • Are there new or other digital techniques, methods and tools that can help me be more effective in my academic career?

This module addresses these questions though a conversational approach. We will share collective experiences with digital tools and methodologies. More than ever before it is crucial to be reflective and aware of the changes that are impacting on academic practice and how this affects how we learn, how we share data, how we work together. Digital technologies have made vast repositories of data and artefacts available for study – magnitudes never before encountered. Although, this offers great opportunity, it calls for new means of dealing with what can be simply overwhelming at times. One demonstrable disciplinary marker has been the rise of the discipline of Digital Humanities. Although subject to diverse interpretation, there is no doubt that aspects of this emerging practice in uence the evolution of both the humanities and the social sciences.

Requirements Engineering for Humanities Scholars (QUB006 – 3/6 hrs)
This workshop will help you clearly delineate your digital project goals and objectives, account for the various stakeholders (some of which you may be unaware of), document and communicate these effectively to participants outside of your own area of research. Although this workshop goes hand-in-hand with the Digital Project Management Success workshop we also offer, these are complementary and not co-requisite.
Workshop participants will be capable of defining their project in simple and more universally appreciated terms, be cognisant of the varied demands that might be placed on the digital project by users, be capable of creating and delivering professional and effective project case documentation.
Content Management and Digital Object Management: Omeka versus WordPress (QUB007 – 2/4 hrs)
There are a multitude of ways to share your research data. Conventionally academic research has been refined, reduced and submitted for consideration and publishing though journals and monographs. Increasingly scholars are sharing their immediate findings or raw data through social media or self-published online tools. Alternate ways of sharing have altered the nature of engagement and collaboration between researcher and audience. Although traditional tools have remain both popular and requisite, humanities scholars face a wider variety of communication avenues and choosing between them or using them in harmony raises new challenges.
This informal seminar/discussion will compare two popular tools available to humanities researchers to explore their suitability for sharing your humanities research. One is a Content Management System (CMS – WordPress) the other a Digital Collection Management System (DCMS – Omeka). Both offer rich functionality but approach similar tasks from divergent perspectives. How can we distinguish between them and decide which is most appropriate to your needs?Wordpress is the most popular blogging platform in the world today. Current data indicates that it powers over 25% of the websites on the internet today and has evolved from being a simple means of sharing short topical posts to a more robust content management system. Omeka is an increasingly popular tool for making collections of digital objects available for public consumption by harnessing metadata and providing a structured approach to digital storytelling.Although these two tools are dissimilar in approach, many scholars are finding new and innovative ways to utilise them for their academic use. This short duration seminar will briefly compare platform features to gauge their appropriateness for sharing your research findings and data.
Google Tools for Scholarship (QUB010 – 2 hrs)
Google have created a huge number of products and services that most of us have made part of our everyday life. From their web search engine to Gmail and Google Maps chances are you are making use of their products as part of your own scholarly existence. However, it may surprise you to find out just how many Google services exist that you may well not know about. That’s what this seminar is all about. Introducing some of the lesser known, but potentially even more useful tools to scholars such as the particularly focused Google Fusion Tables and Trendalyzer to the simple but powerful Google Keep among others.
This seminar explores a number of these tools as well as more well known ones such as Google Scholar or Google Sites that offer useful specific functionality for humanities scholars.
This workshop provides simple demonstration of what these tools might offer so that participants can judge whether it would be benefit to investigate them more deeply.
An Introduction to SIMILE Exhibit for Humanities Research (QUB005 – 2hrs)
For the past decade, Exhibit, originally developed by the SIMILE projects at MIT has provided a simple, but powerful means for scholars to analyse and display the relationships between their data, using timelines, and maps and with little or no programming experience. Exhibit allows researchers to share their data by simply presenting it through a browser window without the need to work with sophisticated server configurations.
This workshop provides a hand-on experience with Exhibit and participants will be able to judge whether Exhibit will be of value to their own research dissemination purposes after completion.
Exhibit versus Palladio (QUB009 – 2 hrs)
Finding new and intriguing patterns and knowledge in existing research data is powering innovation in digital humanities practice. For the past decade, Exhibit, originally developed by the SIMILE projects at MIT has provided a simple, but powerful means for scholars to analyse and display the relationships between their data, using timelines, and maps and with little or no programming experience. Exhibit allows researchers to share their data by simply presenting it through a browser window without the need to work with sophisticated server configurations. Emerging from the innovative Mapping the Republic of Letters project at Stanford, Palladio has been only recently made publicly available to allow humanities researchers everywhere to explore their own data through timelines, maps, relationship diagrams and to share their findings through a relatively simple web interface. The sophisticated visualisations possible with Palladio belie its simple and approachable web interface.
Both of these tools provide an opportunity to scholars to explore their own research data in new and potential beneficial ways.
Participants in this seminar gain a broad understanding of the capabilities, requirements and power of these tools to judge whether they are useful in immediate work or may be useful at some time in the future.
The structure of this seminar is such that no prior experience with any of these digital tools is presumed and is intended to provide some background in what these tools might offer so that participants can judge whether it would be benefit to investigate them more deeply.
Constructing Narratives Using Digital Objects (QUB003.5 – 6 hrs)
Whether for your own use or to make your research outcomes available for a wider audience, increasingly scholarship in the digital humanities involves developing a narrative around collections of digital assets. This workshop provides participants with a working knowledge of the decisions and choices available to share and disseminate knowledge by collecting and developing narratives around digital objects. During this workshop we will explore a number of possible vehicles that can help you to share your research outcomes including hands-on exercises in Omeka, and discussion of Exhibit, TimeMapJS, Neatline, powerful, standards driven tools for managing collections of digitised objects in an interactive and user-driven fashion.
Putting Your Data on the Map (QUB008 – 2/4 hrs)
Mapping your data can help to provide new insights on your research findings. However, many scholars are put off by the steep learning curve demanded by Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcGIS from ESRI. New and simple tools have become available that offer sophisticated output without extensive training. In fact, tools such as Google Maps, Google Earth, Open Street Map among others can offer immediate returns in a matter of hours where tasks in the past required, weeks, months and even years of training.This workshop explores a variety of these newly accessible tools and consider a variety of inspiring examples of how humanities scholars today are using these tools in their own research.
The structure of this seminar is such that no prior experience with any of these digital tools is presumed and is intended to provide some background in what these tools might offer so that participants can judge whether it would be benefit to investigate them more deeply.
Digital Project Management (QUB004 – 2/4 hrs)
The increasing adoption of digital tools in the development and delivery of arts and humanities projects has introduced new challenges and presented new opportunities for effective project management. This workshop will explore:

  • how to establish goals for the digital project;
  • how to convert a funding proposal into a project plan;
  • how to communicate with collaborators, users and with future stewards of the digital resource;
    why finishing should be a first thought;
  • useful tools and tips to support the digital project management challenge.

This workshop assumes some familiarity with web technologies, but does not presume experience with any particular technical tools. On completion of this workshop attendees will be better equipped and have the confidence in their ability to initiate, develop, deliver and maintain a digital project.

Intro to Network Analysis for Humanities Scholarship (QUB011 – 2/3 hrs)
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 for or abstractly represent.This hands-on workshops explores a number of tools, with emphasis on using Gephi to explore relationships and understand the terminology and processes involved in rendering your data to aid analysis and understanding. This workshop assumed no prior experience with relationship mapping or with network visualisation tools. It is intended to provide a soft introduction to graph theory, and network visualisation techniques so that you might discover unique ways that it may aid your scholarship.
Visualising Space and Time: An Introduction to Spatial and Temporal Visualisation (QUB009 – 3 hrs)
This workshop introduces the theoretical background behind the compilations and management of spatial and temporal data exploring the standards and formats that underly its use. It then leverages this foundation to introduce a variety of tools that allow for analysis and visualisation of this data and generation of research findings. Participants will gain a rapid familiarity with the language, terms and concepts necessary to judge techniques, methodologies and tools and be better informed when proposing their use as part of research projects.
An Introduction to Leaflet and GeoJSON (QUB012 – 4hrs)
This workshop provides a more intensive focus on spatial data management, analysis and visualisation. It focusses on the GeoJSON format and the parameters that define its constituent parts. It looks as at the Leaflet platform (and some examples of tools that utilise it) as a means of using visualisation as both an analytic as well as presentation tool.
Participants will gain combine their experience with spatial concepts and tools to learn how new standards, formats and accessible tools enable deeper, faster, more efficient processing of data and recognition of patterns using cutting edge spatial tools.
An Introduction to Trello for Team Process Management (QUB016 – 2hrs)
This workshop provides an overview of how to conceptualise and implement the commercial software platform Trello into a collaborative workflow. Trello offers an intuitive and scalable means to provide a shared workspace tracking, tasks, users assigned and dates due to help facilitate shared management of complex processes. It offers transparency without intrusion and has the potential to catch those milestones that may fall through the cracks. It is an excellent tool for both personal and professional use and has a flourishing user community.