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Showcasing Approaches to Digital Humanities for Researchers

October 14, 2020 - October 16, 2020

One of the barriers to the use of digital tools in humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) research, is an understanding of what technologies or digital approaches are available, the types of questions one could address using various digital tools and from where one can source the help and training to get started.

This informal event aims to raise awareness by showcasing the various digital approaches and tools that HASS researchers are using and how they have been applied to address specific research questions.

HASS research is quite diverse, as are the types of data collected and digital tools available. Conducted over three afternoons in short sessions, the event is grouped into three themes to explore approaches to digital humanities.

  • October 14, Digital research project design – This theme will explore key principles for data-intensive research projects in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. We’ll examine strategies for shaping and articulating digital research in applications and publications and to wide-ranging audiences. We’ll also explore questions to do with terminology, infrastructure, timelines and collaboration. Presentations range from topics on advancing digital Public Humanities and a showcase of a collaborative book project on digital research methods, through to mapping and quantifying the disruption to global human mobility in the context of COVID-19. Chaired by Tyne Daile Sumner, the session will consist of five short presentations along with lots of opportunities for Q&A, networking and general discussion around methods, approaches and collaboration in the Digital Humanities in Victoria and beyond!
  • October 15, Interdisciplinary collaboration – Each discipline has their own lexicon, and digital research is no different. Which tools or systems can make collaboration easier? And what key terminology should we know when talking to digital researchers? Chaired by Kay Steel, this session will comprise four presentations to covering researchers’ experience of collaboration from various perspectives. First, we’ll go to Finland, and focus on the use of map-based tools to gain insights from residents and citizens and how those insights are applied by governments and planners. Then, two research data specialists will reflect on their experiences of collaborating on Digital Humanities projects across and beyond The University of Melbourne. They’ll cover the tools and techniques that have helped them to contribute to this complex and exciting new landscape. We’ll take you overseas again, this time to Indonesia, to explore the use of digital tools to support the collaboration required for social housing reform. Finally, we’ll be in conversation with two librarians – with more than 50 years of combined collaboration experience – who’ll give their take on the changing landscape of collaboration in (digital) humanities.
  • October 16, Object digitisation and visualisation – What is an “object”? What does it mean to “digitise” one? How do you do it? And what can you do with that information? Chaired by Gillian Shepherd, this session will take a look a curating a digital object collection – with a keynote from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). We’ll then take a tour of medieval Angkor and discuss how the data were collected and formed into a beautiful map. To break up this session, we’ll have a series of lightning talks from PhD students. Building on the virtual theme, researchers from Swinburne will tell us all about their use of virtual reality. Wrapping up the this session, we’ll hear about insurgent and improvised 3D capture and visualisation in history. We will cover digitising fossils, quantifying historical landscapes and visualising goldfields.

The expected outcomes and benefits from this event include:

  • exposure to new digital methodologies,
  • a better understanding of how digital tools can address specific research questions,
  • and new opportunities for research collaborations, sharing of ideas and communities of practice.

This is a FREE event, but registration is essential. You can register here for one or more sessions and download the program here.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Christopher Adda
Deputy Chair,


October 14, 2020
October 16, 2020
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