University of Bristol, Monday 21st March
On 21st March, the University of Bristol hosted the British Library Labs in a day-long event that explored the British Library’s Digital Collections. Armed only with a free GW4 (GW4 is the alliance between Cardiff, Exeter, Bristol and Bath Universities) notebook and pen, and a dream of creating a sentient life-form that would combine Shakespeare’s way with words with the suave elegance of Cary Grant (an AI fantasy that I like to call Eamon Holmes-bot), I settled down for a day of terrific presentations, insights, and thought-provoking discussion.
17th March, John Percival Building, 5.00pm
Last week, Cardiff Digital Cultures Network attended the launch of CorCenCC (Corpws Cenedlaethol Cymraeg Cyfoes, The National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh), a brand new interdisciplinary project led by Dr Dawn Knight from Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Funded by £1.8m from the ESRC and AHRC, the project combines expertise from Computer Science, Applied Linguistics and Education, with the aim being the creation of the first large scale open access word corpus of contemporary Welsh language use.
The Internet of Me: It’s All About My Screens
Cardiff University, 23 February 2016
On Tuesday evening, Cardiff University welcomed Robert Schukai, the Head of Applied Innovation for Thomson Reuters, to give the annual Institute of Engineering and Technology Turing Lecture. Schukai, a charismatic and entertaining speaker, spoke about how through Cognitive Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing the future of data is ‘all about you’.
Citizen Media and the Perils of Technology Shifts
Ivan Sigal, Executive Director, Global Voices
Tuesday, 1st March 2016 at 4pm in Rm 0.14, Bute Building
Commercial social media platforms and their shaping of online speech now dominate citizen media, and shift how we write, speak and make images. The concomitant decline of the single-author blog points to a shift away from coherent online writing and toward fragmented online speech, visual conversation and increasingly, closed group conversations not accessible by search. We will examine the implications for social media reporting and public conversation, and consider possible future directions for this tech shift.
Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society: UK State-Media-Citizen Relations after the Snowden Leaks
Wednesday, 2nd March 2016 at 4pm in Rm 0.05, Bute Building
The 18-month ESRC-funded research project Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society has explored the nature, opportunities and challenges of digital citizenship in light of the governmental surveillance measures revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Four research teams investigated the responses to the Snowden leaks in the areas of policy, technology, civil society and news media, and they analysed implications for civil rights, the public understanding of surveillance, the accountability of government, the security of technical infrastructure, and the roles and responsibilities of journalists. The project’s investigators will present final results.
In As You like It Shakespeare famously informed his audience at The Globe that ‘All the world’s a stage / And all the men and women merely players’. Meanwhile, four hundred years later in her book My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts, N. Katherine Hayles points out that ‘computers are no longer merely tools (if they ever were) but are complex systems that increasingly produce the conditions, ideologies, assumptions and practices that help to constitute what we call reality’. If Shakespeare’s audience could understand themselves as theatrical subjects (as surely they must have done for those famous lines to resonate) it is because the Renaissance stage itself provided, like the digital today, those very ‘conditions, ideologies, assumptions and practices’ that Hayles argues help to constitute reality. Continue reading
’Twas the week before Christmas and the bells of Cardiff University were ringing out with glee as on 16 December 2015 Cardiff University’s Digital Humanities Network held its inaugural meeting. And what a productive and rewarding meeting it proved to be! Led by Anthony Mandal, from the Cardiff’s Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, the participants (more of which shortly) engaged in lively discussion and debate about how to go about achieving the Network’s plans to make Digital Humanities an integral (and visible) part of the work we do at Cardiff University. Continue reading