Digital Humanities at The Open University is happy to announce the following two events in its Digital Humanities in Practice series:
Exploratory Trend and Search Detection
Date: 19th November 2014 at 11:30am (11:30 GMT)
The talk will present the notion of exploratory search as a means to go beyond “lookup”, like learning or investigating (Marchionini 2006), and sketch its usefulness in new applications such as Digital Humanities. In detail, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Heyer will present a new approach to the analysis of topics and their dynamics over time. Given a large amount of time stamped textual data, we can identify “hotly discussed” concepts by analysing the rate a term changes context. Adopting the notion of volatility from econometrics, context volatility can be used to detect “weak signals” or semantic change independent from pure counts of frequency.
For more information about the event and to follow the podcast live on 19 November, please go to http://stadium.open.ac.uk/2457
Valuing Electronic Music
Date: 26 November 2014
Time: 1.00pm-3.00pm (note later start time)
Venue: Arts Music Studio, The Open University Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (directions)
Speakers: Daniel Allington (Department of Applied Linguistics and English Language, Open University);
Byron Dueck (Department of Music, Open University);
Anna Jordanous (School of Computing, University of Kent)
This seminar reports on an AHRC-funded research project combining ethnographic observation and interviewing in London’s electronic music scene with automated collection of quantitative data from the popular SoundCloud website. The presentation will reflect not only upon the findings of the research, which have implications for our understanding of cultural value more generally, but also upon the challenges and rewards of combining situated qualitative research with quantitative analysis of large datasets gathered online.
A sandwich lunch will be served. Please register for the Valuing Electronic Music seminar by emailing Matthew Pemberton (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 21 November 2014.