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Conference roundup: Galway and Dublin, February 2018

Photograph of Francesca Benatti with fellow panelists Derek Greene (UCD) and Karen Wade (UCD) at the Digital Cultures, Big Data and Society conference
Francesca Benatti (right) with fellow panelists Derek Greene (UCD) and Karen Wade (UCD) at the Digital Cultures, Big Data and Society conference

We presented our research at two venues in Ireland last week.

On 14 February, we were at the Moore Institute in NUI Galway at the Digital Scholarship Seminar.  We spoke to an audience of students and staff drawn from the Moore Institute, the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and the School of Humanities active in the area of Digital Humanities .

On 16 February, we took part in the Digital Cultures, Big Data and Society conference, held at the Royal Irish Academy and the UCD Humanities Institute. Organised by the Irish Memory Studies Network, the conference focused on questions of close and distant reading and the critical functions of digital tools in the humanities.  Our paper was well received andparticipated in a lively debate on  how Humanities scholars can use digital tools to analyse data at a new scale but also subject digital data to critical scrutiny.

The conference culminated with the launch of the Industrial Memories project. Led by Prof Emilie Pine, the project represents a striking application of Digital Humanities methodologies such as text mining and data visualisation to enable analysis of the 2009 Ryan Report into child abuse at residential school run by the Catholic Church between 1936 and 1999.

Seminars in Galway and Dublin, 15-17 February 2017

NUIG Digital Scholarship Seminar logoUCD Humanities Institute Seminar Room

Last week, Francesca presented two seminars on our A Question of Style project at the Digital Scholarship Seminar at the National University of Ireland Galway (15 February) and the UCD Humanities Institute in University College Dublin (17 February).

The seminars introduced A Question of Style and discussed progress so far as well as the longer-term goals of the project. The audiences, which included staff, postgraduate students, librarians and information technology specialists, showed particular interest in our work to develop tools for semi-automated OCR correction and TEI encoding. Several questions were also asked about the nature of “operationalisation” and the relationship between quantification and the study of literature, followed in both venues by lively discussions.

The NUI Galway seminar was broadcast on Facebook Live and is available to watch at this link: