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.

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