Register now for CHASE Going Digital 2014

Logo for CHASE: Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England

Are you a doctoral student at one of the seven CHASE universities? Would you like to learn more about digital research?

After the success of the Going Digital programme in 2013, CHASE is running a series of five events at the University of Essex as part of Going Digital 2014. Download the Going Digital 2014 programme to find out more.

There will be SIX places available for non-Essex CHASE students on each workshop and for each of those students there will be a £50 travel bursary – this £50 bursary is only available this year for non-Essex students.

Non-Essex students who wish to attend one of the events should email Carol Jaens at cjaens@essex.ac.uk

Posted in Events | Tagged , , | Comments Off

Digital Humanities Seminar, 3 April: BL Labs and Listening Experience Database

Information and cursor logo, by Heather Scott

Image by Heather Scott. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The Digital Humanities Thematic Research Network is pleased to present an update to the next event in the Digital Humanities in Practice series.

The British Library Labs

Presenters: Mahendra Mahey (BL Labs Project Manager) and Ben O’Steen (Technical Lead, BL Labs)

Date: 3 April 2014

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm

Location: Arts Music Studio, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (directions)

Hundreds of thousands of digital items and objects are being created and collected by the British Library for researchers to use: digitised manuscripts, sheet music, newspapers, maps, archived websites, radio, performances, TV news broadcasts, and artworks, as well as the more expected items like scanned versions of books.

This wonderful cacophony of content is having a significant effect on how the British Library supports the research needs of its users. Will people discover new information when they are no longer restricted to viewing a single page from a single book at a time? How can the Library build systems that provide a coherent route across its content, regardless to whether it is a televised news report or a unique signatures drawn in the margins of a map? How can we use crowd-sourced information, computer vision and machine-learning techniques to provide people with better tools to better judge and interpret the context of illustration or work? How can we exploit animations and interactive infographics to better convey the information bound in our holdings? This is the research space that British Library Labs explores. The seminar will also present the current BL Labs competition, which closes on the 22 April 2014.

The Listening Experience Database

Presenters: Professor David Rowland and Dr Helen Barlow (The Open University) and Simon Brown (The Royal College of Music)

Date: 3 April 2014

Time: 12.30-2.00pm

Location: Arts Music Studio, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (directions)

The Listening Experience Database (LED) project is an AHRC-funded collaboration between the Open University and the Royal College of Music, the main purpose of which is to design and develop a database which will bring together a mass of data about people’s experiences of listening to music of all kinds, in any historical period and any culture. The database is freely searchable by the general public and uses crowdsourcing as one of the ways in which data is collected. This session will give an overview of the project, focusing in particular on the architecture and development of the database, and some of the challenges of developing an effective crowdsourcing strategy.

This part of the event will be recorded and made available on OU Podcasts.

A sandwich lunch will be provided. To book a place, please email Heather Scott (heather.scott@open.ac.uk) by 31 March 2014.

For more information on Digital Humanities at The Open University, please go to the Digital Humanities website http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/digital-humanities/

Posted in Seminars | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

Call for Submissions – Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts 2014

Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts 2014 conference logo

Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts 2014 conference logo

Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts (DRHA) is an annual conference whose goal is to bring together the creators, users, distributors, and custodians of digital research and resources in the arts, design and humanities to explore the capture, archiving and communication of complex and creative research processes. DRHA provides an intellectual and physical space for cross-disciplinary discussion and the generation of new ideas, resulting in many new networks and productive research relationships.

The title for DRHA 2014 is

Communication futures: Connecting interdisciplinary design practices in arts/culture, academia and the creative industries

Human beings, as users, have always been obsessed with finding new ways of communicating through various techniques and technologies. The rapid technological changes that have occurred during the last two decades have allowed us – the users – to communicate through various social media platforms, providing us with easier, faster and more frequent ways of communicating. However there are always concerns about other impacts those technologies might have on communication processes.

The aim of the conference is to facilitate conversations on Design and collaborations between Digital Arts and Humanities, Creative Industries, Digital Libraries and Archives, with an emphasis on communication futures and their impact on historical, theoretical, and knowledge-transfer research processes.

The DRHA2014 will include ground breaking academic papers, well-known speakers and a series of presentations. Join the Conference for up-to-date discussions, dynamic debates, innovative keynotes and experimental performances which aim to open a discussion on defining design NOW, as a discipline that connects interdisciplinary practices, focusing particularly on issues of communication and its impact on adjacent industries, affecting the following sub-theme extensions:

  • Digital Museums and Libraries;
  • Histories and Archives;
  • Virtual and Physical Spaces
  • A World of Gaming;
  • Digital Agora: Democratising or Monopolising
  • Gender and Contemporary Society;
  • Technology and Body
  • Technology’s impact on the Socio/cultural;
  • Social Media;
  • Narrative;
  • Big Data and Digital Death;
  • Eternity Ethernet: is it eternal or will disappear tomorrow
  • Design Practices;
  • Fine Arts;
  • Architecture;
  • Performance;
  • Sonic Arts

IMPORTANT DATES

Proposals Due (300 word abstract) Monday, 14th April 2014

Acceptance Notification Friday, 9th May 2014


Download pdf version of the submission call

For more information on the types of proposals sought, please visit Call for Submissions | DRHA2014 || Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Conference.

Posted in Events | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

Digital Humanities Seminar, 25 February 2014. Text Analysis: The Digital Dimension

Information and cursor logo, by Heather Scott

Image by Heather Scott. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

The Digital Humanities Thematic Research Network is pleased to present the next event in the Digital Humanities in Practice series.

Text analysis: the digital dimension. What can computers, which have no understanding of words or concepts, contribute to the analysis of texts?

Speaker: David King (Computing, The Open University)

Date: 25 February 2014

Time: 12.00-2.00

Location: Arts Music Studio, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (directions)

Abstract: Illustrated with many examples, this talk introduces the computer-based tools and techniques that humanities researchers can call on to support their research by turning text into data for analysis. This added dimension can lead to the ability to answer old questions more easily, and open up new avenues of investigation. However, these tools and techniques are not without their problems and limitations, which this talk will also consider.

About the speaker: David’s first degree, taken several decades ago, is in International History and Politics, while his PhD is in Computing. He hopes the talk will help you think about using computers in your research without having to follow the same career path.

A sandwich lunch will be provided. To book a place, please email Heather Scottheather.scott@open.ac.uk by 20 February 2014.

Posted in Seminars | Tagged , | Comments Off

Open Arts Journal Flyer and Videos Now Available

Open Arts Journal banner.  Image by Maya Freelon Asante. Courtesy of the artist and Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC. www.mayafreelon.com

Open Arts Journal. Image by Maya Freelon Asante. Courtesy of the artist and Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC. www.mayafreelon.com

PAVILIONS | Issue 2, Winter 2013

This second issue of the Open Arts Journal, to be published in Winter 2013,  pulls together a number of exploratory texts – some academic, some more creative in style – on the understudied subject of pavilions.

Responding to the question ‘What is a pavilion?’, this issue proposes that the pavilion (as an ornamental garden structure, an exposition venue, or something more conceptual like a curated project or book) should no longer be neglected as a minor or inconsequential form of architecture. Although its origins may be in the modest tents of travellers, the pavilion as a structure has nonetheless been mobilized in strategies of world-making and unmaking, and this issue explores these creative manoeuvres.

To learn more about Issue 2 of the Open Arts Journal, visit their blog or download the flyer for Issue 2 “Pavillions” (PDF, 325KB)

The Open Arts Journal was officially launched on 21 October 2013 at The Open University in London. To watch Prof Marsha Meskimmon’s  presentation on ‘The Precarious Ecologies of Cosmopolitanism’, go to the video podcast held on the Open Arts Archive at  http://www.openartsarchive.org/oaa/content/open-arts-journal-launch-event-1. To follow the panel discussion with Professor Berthold Schoene and Dr Ellie Byrne (guest editors Issue 1), and Open Arts Journal editor-in-chief Dr Leon Wainwright, visit the Open Arts Archive at  http://www.openartsarchive.org/oaa/content/open-arts-journal-launch-event-0

Posted in DH_OU Projects, Publications | Tagged , , , | Comments Off