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Entries tagged 'infrastructure'


Full Stack DH: Building a Virtual Research Environment on a Raspberry PI

The text and slides of my presentation to the DH2016 conference, Kraków, July 11 - 16, 2016.

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Towards a Systems Analysis of the Humanities

Video: This is a video of my contribution to the workshop 'The Frontiers of DH: Humanities Systems Infrastructure', presented by the UC Digital Humanities Programme during November 2015. See also Prof. Paul Arthur: Smart Infrastructures for Cultural and Social Research, Prof. Alan Liu: Against the Cultural Singularity, and (earlier in the month) Dr. Tim Sherratt: Towards A Manifesto for Tactical DH Research Infrastructure.

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From the Wayback Machine: Do we need a Systems Analysis of the Digital Humanities?

This post was first published at ideasunderground.com on 24 May, 2009. I’ve reproduced it here partly because that blog no longer exists, partly because it’s a lazy-but-efficient way of offering an idea I’ve been mulling over for some time to a new audience, and partly because I’m (sadly, perhaps) still quite taken with it. It fits well with my belief that scholars – especially in a post Edward Snowden world – need to understand the engineered nature of the virtualmachines they use in their work (regardless of whether they want to build digital outputs or not). Achieving a robust level of scholarly self-consciousness in the digital age is a challenge that most people have (I suggest) given up on, in the face of technological advance rather than methodological choice or epistemological orientation. This has huge implications for the integrity of future scholarship, but opens up equally fascinating areas for research and analysis.

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Requirements for a New Zealand Humanities eResearch Infrastructure

This is the text of a talk given at eResearch 2013, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, July 03, 2013.

I can only offer a very formative overview of this subject here, but I’m keen to at least put it on the radar. As everyone knows, vast amounts of our cultural heritage are either being digitized and put online or being born online, and this has significant implications for the arts and humanities. In particular, it forces us to start increasing our understanding of, and capability with, the engineered technologies that deliver resources to us online. It will always be difficult getting the balance right – we’re never going to be engineers – but we need to start working through the issues.

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Introduction to Digital Humanities

This talk was given to the University of Canterbury History Department, New Zealand, March 14th, 2012. The talk aimed to introduce both the Digital Humanities, and a proposed new programme in Digital Humanities to colleagues in the College of Arts, School of Humanities. The paper is divided into three parts:

  1. ‘Introduction to Digital Humanities, with apologies to Stanley Fish’.
  2. Everyday Digital Humanities.
  3. Pedagogy and Deployment Models.

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Academic AMIs: Ready to Eat Digital Humanities Infrastructure

A few comments (specifically from @jasonaboyd) about infrastructure at the recent Victoria THATCamp sparked an idea, and I’ve thrown together a site called Academic AMIs: Ready to Eat Digital Humanities Infrastructure. The idea is that, while Amazon Web Services might not be suitable for all (or even many) digital humanities projects, and the platform isn’t exactly user friendly to people uncomfortable with the command line, it does offer an extremely scalable cloud infrastructure and a nice way to package up web application stacks for distribution.

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The Story of Linux

The Story of Linux, on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. A video from the Linux Foundation.

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JISC Podcast: The use of technology by arts and humanities researchers

This podcast by the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) offers an excellent overview of “how technology can support researchers working in the arts and humanities…”. It provides a useful supplementary resource to my last post.  It can be found in its original context here and on iTunes here

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Humanities Machine – A New Zealand Digital Humanities Portal

For those of you who follow my blog but aren’t on Twitter, a quick note that New Zealand now has a digital humanities portal. Humanities Machine is presented in partnership with the University of Canterbury’s Humanities Computing Unit, and has been put live slightly earlier than expected because of the recent earthquake. I view this very much as ‘Version 1.0′ and hope  it can be developed further, perhaps even being completely remodeled and extended as part of an antipodean One Week One Tool kind of program.

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Digital scholarship and academic research

I’ve been blogging a bit more than I planned to these last few weeks, but want to draw readers attention to this video of Krisztina Holly, Vice Provost for Innovation at the University of Southern California, speaking about the way digital scholarship will change university research. It’s doing the rounds of academic Twitter streams and is associated with the recent buzz over an article on open access review policies that appeared on the front page of the New York Times on August 24th. Click here to see Holly’s video.

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How to build a national digital humanities infrastructure

DARIAH has published the results of a survey into the state of the digital humanities in Greece that should interest New Zealand humanists. Greece is at an early stage of development and work is being done to identify present and future requirements. The report can be read here. It may interest more traditional researchers to learn how digital humanities infrastructures are being built around the world; simply put, it isn’t as organic as it was in the ‘early days’, when communities of like-minded researchers found each other and worked to gain critical mass.

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Dr. James Smithies

Director | King’s Digital Lab

King's College London

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