Digital Cultural Empowerment
Workshop at the DH 2014, Lausanne 8th of July 2014
Fredrik Palm, research and development coordinator, HUMlab, Umeå University Orla Murphy, School of English at University College Cork
Shawn Day, Lecturer in Digital Humanities, University College Cork
Nicolas Thély, Professor in Digital Humanities at University of Rennes 2
Digital Humanities acts as an agent of digital cultural empowerment. Critical awareness of used methods and tools in Digital Humanities can bridge the gaps between the range of humanities corpora and the actual digital practices used to understand, analyse, and share them.
NeDiMAH is about bridging these gaps, and work groups on Space and Time, and on Information Visualisation, have successfully worked together across disciplines to consider these tools and methods and to define critical design principles both for research itself and also for creating and using digital tools for different aspects of the research process.
The focus of the workshop was on visualisation as the representation of knowledge in a multiplicity of new, engaging and challenging approaches across humanities disciplines.
The 13 participants took part of inspiring talks and collaborative exercises ( in 3 groups) where the following questions were answered:
How is data collected?
Data modelling /data selections / data quality:
How do we ensure consistency and high quality?
Representation/visualisation /complexity vs “easy to read”:
What do you choose to represent?
What does your reading of visualization bring to you?
Purpose of visualization /Audiences:
How do we make different representations for different audiences?
Workshop result and discussion, visualization, data and the research process
The facilitators shared 4 case studies as an inspiration for sharing, discussing and summarizing experiences.
The talks were related to different disciplines in the humanities where visualization is an import component in the research process.
For further details of the workshop, its programme and participants, please see the attached pdf.