“Humanities on the Web: Is It Working?”: Oxford, 19 March 2009

Deadline for registration: 1 March 2009.

Location: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HS, UK. To register: email events@oii.ox.ac.uk (name, email address, affiliation, and any dietary requirements for lunch). There is no cost if you register before 1 March 2009. People registering on or after 1 March will be charged a late registration fee of £25.

Background to the Workshop
The web now contains the results of many initiatives to digitise resources for the humanities but how successful are these initiatives and how much information has now been archived online? This workshop discusses these issues, centred on two themes derived from recent JISC Digitisation Programme-funded projects:

The Internet Archive project uses sample collections of materials relating to World Wars I and II in anticipation of further development of tools for working with the large volumes of data housed in the archive.

This one day event will present the results of both projects in the context of general panel discussions about the role of digitisation in the practices of humanities researchers now and in the future.

Workshop Schedule

    • 09:30-10:00. Arrival and coffee
    • 09:55-10:00. Welcome and introduction by Dr Eric T. Meyer, Project Director
    • 10:00-11:15. Toolkits for e-Humanities
      1. Overview of Phase 1 Digitisation Projects (
      Dr Kathryn Eccles) (10:00-10:15)
      2. Quantitative Tools (
      Prof Mike Thelwall and Dr Kathryn Eccles) (10:15-10:30)
      3. Qualitative Tools (Dr Eric Meyer and Dr Kathryn Eccles) (10:30-10:45)
      4. Survey Data (
      Christine Madsen and Dr Eric Meyer) (10:45-11:00)
      5. Discussion and questions (11:00-11:15)
    • 11:15-11:30. Coffee break
    • 11:30-12:30. What impact is digitisation having on researchers, libraries, archives, and the general public? (Roundtable discussion: representatives from digitisation projects and JISC)
    • 12:30-13:30. Lunch provided
    • 13:30-14:45. JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitisation Collaboration Programme in conjunction with the Internet Archive: The World Wide Web of Humanities
      The Internet Archive: Extracting the data (13:30-13:50)
      Hanzo Archives Ltd.: Working with the data (M.Middleton, Y.Hafri) (13:50-14:10)
      3. Selecting and analysing the WWI and WWII collections (Madsen, Meyer) (14:10-14:30)
      4. Discussion and questions (14:30-14:45)
    • 14:45-15:00. Coffee break
    • 15:00-16:00. e-Humanities and archival web research moving forward: What is on the horizon? (Panel discussion featuring representatives from the projects and elsewhere. Panelists will be announced here as they are confirmed.)

About the Projects
The World Wide Web of Humanities project aims to begin to address this gap by establishing a framework for e-Humanities (also called Digital Humanities) research using available open source tools and technologies and archived web content to create novel research interfaces to the first of many, scholarly, e-Humanities web collections (Funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme).

The Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study project combines quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the impact of online scholarly resources. The toolkit being developed will include a number of elements which will aid other researchers and funding bodies to assess the impact of digitisation projects. (Funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme).

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