Digital Humanities

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Digital Humanities Projects

The University of Western Sydney is undertaking several digital humanities projects. The School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics has a page with a summary of what’s involved:
Digital humanities – is an area of research, teaching, and creation concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. Developing from an earlier field called “humanities computing”, today digital humanities embrace a variety of topics ranging from curating online collections to data mining large cultural data sets. Digital Humanities currently incorporates both digitized and born-digital materials and combines the methodologies from the traditional humanities disciplines (such as history, philosophy, linguistics, literature, art, archaeology, music, and cultural studies) with tools provided by computing (such as data visualisation, information retrieval, data mining, statistics, computational analysis) and digital publishing.
As of early 2013, the school of Humanities and Communication Arts is recruiting a professor for a new research group in Digital Humanities, to be established soon, with whom the eResearch team will be work closely. At the moment, we are involved in or assisting in the following projects (with a few more in early development or at the grant-application stage).

Virtual Laboratory for Human Communications Science project

This project is funded by NeCTAR. Peter Sefton, Manager eResearch is on the steering committee and spends 1 day per week on project strategy. This is around a $3M project in total with a $1.3M grant.

Creative Nation: Writers and Writing in the New Media Arts. ARC Discovery 2011 -213.

Assoc/Prof Anna Gibbs and Dr Maria Angel The eResearch team is advising on the construction of a registry of Australian New Media Art and Artists, in the context of work on the Consortium of Electronic Literature (CELL) an international consortium with partners at University of Bergen; Electronic Literature Organisation, Washington State University U.S.A., Siegen University Germany. This consortium addresses collaboration and the interoperability of different international databases of electronic literature. Peter Sefton is participating in CELL discussions on technical architecture and metadata.

Journey to Horseshoe Bend Project

Assoc/Prof Hart Cohen and Ms Lisa Kaufmann The eResearch team is assisting in archiving data from an instance of Heurist for long-term archiving.

Migrating the The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe, 1769-1794 database to UWS

Professor Simon Burrows. Andrew Leahy is assisting in moving data and installing the web application.

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