The Archive Unbound Report

4 May 2017, Cardiff University

The second symposium of the Cardiff Digital Cultures Network focused on the future(s) of the archive, the translation from analogue to digital archives and the impact of born-digital archives on our understanding of such constructs. Organised by Dr Jenny Kidd and Prof. Hanna Diamond, we were delighted to bring together a range of scholars from across the UK, who are working at the heart of these questions, while undertaking exciting projects that unbind the archive in a numerous ways. Following a brief introduction to the agenda and ambitions of the Digital Network by its director, Prof. Anthony Mandal, the full day of talks by a dozen speakers began, with subjects including women’s history, Victorian illustration, medicine, community participation, locative experiences and creative engagements with large academic databases. Continue reading

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Registration Open: Digital Mapping Workshop, 2 June 2017

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We are delighted to announce a workshop on Digital Mapping, supported by Cardiff University’s Data Innovation Research Institute. From the reconfiguration of historic maps to the visualisation of new data, digital mapping has been adopted in exciting and innovative ways, as the projects showcased in this workshop demonstrate. The speakers will outline the decisions they made about how and what to ‘map’, the methodologies used and the challenges they faced. By exploring these projects and ideas, the workshop will locate digital mapping as a dynamic and collaborative space that radically changes the meanings of what is, and can be, mapped.

Speakers: Jon Anderson, Christopher Fleet, Einion Gruffudd, Ian Harvey, Chris Jones, James Loxley, Rachel Murphy, Matthew Sangster, Joanna Taylor.

Organisers: Julia Thomas, Anthony Mandal.

Registration is free for delegates but places are very limited. The deadline for registration is midday, 26 May 2017. Please register via Eventbrite by visiting: https://digital-mapping.eventbrite.co.uk.

Programme

All sessions take place in Room 0.31 of the John Percival Building, Cardiff University. Registration and lunch will be in the Coffee Shop of the John Percival Building.

09.30–10.00 Coffee and registration
10.00–10.15 Introductions
10.15–11.45 Panel 1: Literary Maps

  • James Loxley (University of Edinburgh), ‘Creating a Digital Literary Cityscape: LitLong Edinburgh’
  • Jon Anderson (Cardiff University), ‘Geolocations and Depth: Creating the Digital Literary Atlas of Wales’
  • Joanna Taylor (Lancaster University), ‘Deep Mapping and Close Reading: Literary GIS’
11.45-12.00 Coffee
12.00–13.30 Panel 2: New Maps

  • Rachel Murphy (University College Cork), ‘Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures’
  • Mike Jones (University of Bristol), ‘OutStories’
  • Ian Harvey (Cardiff University), ‘Mapping in the Social Sciences: Wiserd’
13.30–14.30 Lunch
14.30–15.30 Panel 3: Old Maps

  • Christopher Fleet (National Library of Scotland), ‘Collaborations with JavaScript and Old Maps’
  • Einion Gruffudd (National Library of Wales), ‘The Cynefin Project’
15.30–15.45 Tea
15.45–16.30 Hands-on Session

  • Matthew Sangster (University of Glasgow), ‘Digital Routes through Romantic London’
16.30–17.00 Coffee/final thoughts/farewells

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Registration Open: Investigating (with) Big Data, 24 May 2017

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Keynote Speakers: Dawn Knight (Cardiff University); Linda Naughton (Jisc)

Registration is now open for our Creativity in the Digital Age: Remixes, Remediations, Realignments Symposium.

Big Data has provided new ways of empirical research, theorizing, and interpreting a wide range of artefacts and processes in both the humanities and social sciences. Yet these new ways have also affected approaches to, and understandings of, research. The questions (and concerns) raised by scholars have consequences for the collection, interpretation, and use of Big Data. What are the theoretical, practical, and pedagogical problems of working with and critiquing Big Data, its collection, investigation and use? What can the social sciences and the humanities teach each other about Big Data and its analysis?

Sponsored by Cardiff University’s Digital Humanities Network, this one-day symposium seeks to bring both humanities and social science perspectives to the field of Big Data to think about critical uses and useful critiques of ‘datafication’ in humanities and social sciences research. It explores Big Data-based research and investigations, questions surrounding the generation, use and interpretation of Big Data, and the risks and challenges of Big Data.

Confirmed speakers include: Andreas Buerki, Martin Chorley, Lina Dencik, Ian Harvey, Dawn Knight, Glyn Mottershead, Linda Naughton, Omer Rana, Luke Roach.

Registration is free for delegates but places are limited. The deadline for registration is 20 May 2017. Please register on Eventbrite: https://investigating-with-big-data.eventbrite.co.uk.

Final Programme

10.30 Registration
11.00 Keynote 1

  • Linda Naughton (JISC), Invisibility, Transparency, Openness, Exposure … Re-imagining Infrastructure for Data Intensive Research
12.00 Lunch
13.00 Panel 1

  • Omer Rana (Cardiff), Personalised Search and ‘Filter Bubbles’: Benefits or Barriers?
  • Ian Harvey (Cardiff), Building Data Services in Academia: Lessons Learned while Building and Maintaining the Illustration Archive and WISERD DataPortal
  • Glyn Mottershead and Martin Chorley (Cardiff), Title TBC
   
14.30 Coffee
15.00 Panel 2

  • Andreas Buerki (Cardiff), Using Big Diachonic Language Data to Feel the Pulse of Cultural Change
  • Luke Roach (Cardiff), Moral Panics in the Digital Age: A Comparative Analysis of Online and Print Media during the Charlie Hebdo Attack
  • Lina Dencik, (Cardiff), Data Justice: Examining Datafication and Social Justice
16.30 Tea
17.00 Keynote 2

  • Dawn Knight (Cardiff), Big Data and Corpus Construction: Introducing CorCenCC

Organisers: Keir Waddington, Anthony Mandal; Michael Goodman.

The Poetry Storehouse: An Experiment in Collaboration and Ekphrasis

As part of our recent Word. Image. Digital. Symposium, Othniel Smith presented a brilliant paper on The Poetry Storehouse. You can read the full paper here and watch the videos.

The Poetry Storehouse opened its metaphorical doors in October 2013.

A website put together by a panel of poets and literary academics, mostly in the US, its twin aims were (a) to utilise online technology to attempt to find a wider audience for contemporary poetry which might otherwise remain restricted to small-press print editions and (b) to stimulate creativity in other artists – whether they be actors, photographers, painters, filmmakers or composers – who might feel inspired to respond ekphrastically to the poems which were showcased.

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CFP: Word, Image, Digital

A one-day symposium, Cardiff University
Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Keynote Speaker: Michaela Mahlberg (University of Birmingham)

Download the PDF Here: cfp-wordimagedigital

Cardiff University’s Digital Cultures Network is delighted to announce its first Symposium on Word, Image and the Digital. Word and image, and the interplay between them, remain under explored and under-theorised in the digital humanities, despite the creation of pioneering digital archives including The William Blake Archive, the Rossetti Archive and The Illustration Archive. There is a sense, however, in which the digital is not only ‘graphical’ (as Johanna Drucker reminds us), but also a space where the visual and textual are in constant dialogue.

We invite proposals of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers that explore any aspect of the dynamic between word, image and the digital, including demonstrations of current projects. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday, 3 October 2016. Please send proposals or enquiries to Michael Goodman (GoodmanMJ@cardiff.ac.uk). Attendance at the Symposium is free and limited to no more than 30 delegates. While non-speaking delegates are welcome, priority will be given to speakers.

Formed in December 2015, and funded by Cardiff University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, the Cardiff Digital Cultures Network is an interdisciplinary grouping that aims to bring together researchers, creative practitioners and library/museum professionals involved with digital work to share expertise and best practice. As part of our programme of activities, over the course of the next nine months we will be hosting four Symposia on various aspects of digital culture, focusing on: Word, Image, Digital (November 2016); Curating the Digital Archive (January 2017); Remediation and Adaptation (March 2017); and Big Data (May 2017). More information about the Network and its events can be found on our website (cardiffdigitalnetwork.org) and by following us on Twitter (@CUdigitalnet).

Symposium organisers: Dawn Knight, Anthony Mandal, Julia Thomas