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20 February 2015

Opening conference: Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age (Room 02, The Open University in London)

  • Led by Francesca Benatti (Digital Humanities at The Open University)


10.00-10.30 Arrival and registration (and coffee)

10.30-10.45 Introduction (Francesca Benatti)

10.45-11.30 Student introductions (1 minute each)

11.30-12.30 Plenary Speaker: James Baker (Digital Curator, British Library) presenting on Digital Research and Places Full of Data in the Arts and Humanities.

Over the last two decades the libraries, archives, galleries, and museums in which you do your research have increasingly become a places full of not just physical objects, but of digital content. This digital stuff ranges from digitised text, sound, and video, to born-digital collections of personal archives and web content. Coupled with new tools and computational techniques these data are generating new discoveries and new understanding in the arts and humanities. This talk will introduce you to some of the key arguments and concepts that are driving an intellectual turn towards digital research

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.00 Workshop introductions (10 minutes each) by Matthew Sillence and Paul Gooding, Janis Jefferies, Kees-Jan Schilt, Trevor Collins, Benjamin Vis, Richard Deswarte, Francesca Benatti (on behalf of Mia Ridge). 

15.00-15.30 Coffee

15.30-16.00 Questions and answers; concluding remarks.

Conference presentations

27 February 2015

Web development 1 (IT Lab Arts 1.01 – UEA, Norwich)

Two-day event, three months apart. Students must attend both days.

  • Led by Matthew Sillence, David Nowell Smith (UEA), and Kat Jungnickel (Goldsmiths), joined by external consultant from Caper
  • Students will develop a project between seminar 1 and seminar 2

Draft Schedule – 27 February 2015

Web Development Skills Programme Statement

13 March 2015

Practice as research: new directions in Digital Arts and Humanities (Goldsmiths, London)

109 Deptford Town Hall on the Goldsmiths Campus , Lewisham Way.  How to get to Goldsmiths:

  • Led by Janis Jefferies (Arts and Technology, Computing), Nina Wakeford, (Visual Sociology), Anna Hickey-Moody (Arts and Learning), Julian Henriques (Media and Communications), all from Goldsmiths

Detailed Programme: Practice as Research CHASE training day

18-19 March 2015

Digital texts (Sussex, Brighton)


  • Led by Rob Iliffe (Newton Project, Sussex), with Cornelis J. Schilt (Sussex), Michael Hawkins and John Young (Cambridge) and Tim Hitchcock (Sussex).
Detailed programme 
Wednesday, March 18th:

13:00-13:30 Registration (Arundel 230)

13:30-13:50 Welcome by Rob Iliffe (Sussex)

14:00-17:00 Workshop 1 (JMS 1B1) by Cornelis J. Schilt (Sussex). Topics: Introduction to digital editing – First steps into XML – Text Encoding Initiative – DIY: starting to create your own digital edition

Afterwards we will have drinks and dinner together at a local venue.

Thursday, March 19th:

10-10:15 Coffee, tea and biscuits (Arundel 230)

10:15-10:50 The Newton Project (Arundel 230) Cornelis J. Schilt will discuss the ins and outs of the Newton Project and why it continues to make an impact on digital history.

11:00-13:00 Workshop 2 (Pevensey 1 2D9) by Michael J. Hawkins (Cambridge). Topics: all things technical…

13:00-13:50 Lunch (Pevensey 1 1B3)

14:00-15:50 Beyond digital editing (Arts C133) Tim Hitchcock (Sussex) and Cornelis J. Schilt discuss applications of digital editions involving their own research: The Old Bailey Online and The Newton Project

16:00-18:00 Workshop 3 (Pevensey 2D9) by John T. Young and Cornelis J. Schilt. Topics: the icing on the cake & finishing touches.

At the end of Day 2 you as a participant will have a firm grasp of what digital editing is all about and how to get from manuscript to www. Moreover, you will have spent time creating your own basic but sophisticated digital edition, which will serve as a basis for future editing. At the same time you will have witnessed how digital editing is not the end, but a beginning that can lead to exciting new forms of research.

27 April 2015

Digital Practices of Engaged Research (Open University, Milton Keynes, 1 day)


  • Led by Ann Grand and Trevor Collins (The Open University), with Maya Parmar (The Open University), John Maiden and John Wolffe (The Open University)
  • This workshop will encourage participants to discuss the potential for digital forms of communication to support and create opportunities for engaged research. We will explore the issues, personal attributes and skills that individual researchers or research teams may need to consider when undertaking digital engagement. Participants will be invited to review their individual capacity to engage, how they can benefit from the capacities of their peers and collaborators, and the institutional support needed to promote effective engagement online.

Detailed programme to follow

5-8 May 2015

Spatial Humanities (University of Kent)

 4-day event; students can register for either Part 1 or Part 2 or both

Provisional programme  

15 May 2015

Digital Tools and Methods for using the UK Web Archive (British Library)

Organised by Richard Deswarte, UEA. This workshop comprises two parts. Students may register for both parts or for part 1 alone.

This one day training event will introduce and explore the use of newly emerging Web Archives in general and specifically the UK Web Archive hosted at the British Library and freely available to use for research scholars and PhDs.
Provisional programme 

22 May 2015

Web development 2 (Julian Study Centre 2.02, UEA, Norwich)

  •  Workshop 2 will focus on project feedback and discussion

Detailed programme to follow

 3 June 2015

Hands-on Application of Digital Tools and Methods for using the UK Web Archive (UEA, Norwich)

This hands-on training event follows on from the earlier introduction to the UK Web Archive – attendees will explore and utilise, under guidance, the UK Web Archive’s research interface and online tools to create a dataset of research relevant results from the UK Web Archive (advance notice of specific research topics required).

You must have attended the previous event Digital Tools and Methods for using the UK Web Archive at the British Library.

25 June 2015

Information Visualisation (Library Information Literacy Suite, The Open University in Milton Keynes)


  • Led by Mia Ridge (Chair, UK Museum Computing Group and CENDARI Visiting Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin)
  • The workshop will introduce students to how visualisations can be used to understand, analyse and present large-scale datasets in the Humanities, enabling scholars to ask increasingly complex research questions. It will include a practical introduction to tools for different visualisation tasks: obtaining and preparing data, network visualisation, entity recognition and topic modelling. It will also develop the students’ ability to evaluate visualisations critically based on their type and purpose.

Detailed programme to follow