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Cambridge Digital Humanities Learning Programme 2018-2019

Programme of events provided by Cambridge Digital Humanities
(Fri 12 Oct 2018 - Wed 26 Jun 2019)

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Fri 12 Oct 2018 – Mon 24 Jun

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October 2018

Fri 12
Podcasting: An Introduction new Finished 11:00 - 15:00 Cambridge University Library, Aoi Comms Room 1

An introduction to audio recording and editing aimed at students and staff interested in learning how podcasting can help disseminate research.

Mon 15
The Library as Data new Finished 13:30 - 15:00 Sidgwick Site, Alison Richard Building, S1

Discover the rich digital collections of Cambridge University Library and explore the methods and tools that researchers are using to analyse and visualise data.

Tue 30
Archival Photography: An Introduction new Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Cambridge University Library, Digital Content Unit

This session introduces practical photography skills for those undertaking archival research covering methods of handling and filming sources, digital file storage and transcription strategies, best uses of smartphones, digital cameras and tripods.

November 2018

Wed 7
Blogging for Researchers: Behind the Scenes with Doing History in Public new Finished 12:00 - 14:30 Sidgwick Site, Alison Richard Building, S2

Find out how to use blogging in your research. The first of two sessions on research blogging will explore the benefits and limitations of blogging for public engagement.

Thu 8
Creating Databases from Historical Sources (Workshop) new Finished 10:45 - 12:45 Cambridge University Library, Aoi Comms Room 1

This workshop will examine strategies for transforming a variety of sources, from crumbling manuscripts to printed documents and books into digital data covering manual keying, OCR, and cutting-edge handwritten text recognition engines.

Mon 12
Blogging for Researchers: Integrating Social Media with your Blog new Finished 12:30 - 14:00 Sidgwick Site, Alison Richard Building, S2

The second of two sessions on research blogging will explore how social media can enable public engagement with your blog, learn how to set up a Twitter chat and explore other methods to get people talking about your research.

Wed 21
Using Images at Scale to Understand Environments and Behaviours new Finished 11:30 - 15:30 Faculty of English, GR06

Image big data are increasingly being used to understand the built and natural environment and to observe behaviours within it. Data sources include satellite and airborne imagery, 360 street views, and fixed video or time lapse traffic and CCTV cameras. While some of these sources are newer than others what has been changing are the quality of the images, the geographical coverage, and the potential for assessing changes over time. At the same time improvements in machine learning have made it possible to turn images into quantitative data at scale.

In this workshop we will explore the challenges that researchers face when using images at scale to understand environments and behaviours, building on work at Cambridge to estimate cycling levels, using satellite data to estimate motor vehicle volume, and planned data collection in Kenya using 360 cameras.

December 2018

Sat 1
Film-making for Beginners new (1 of 4) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Seminar Room

Learn to think visually and communicate using sound and film: participants will be introduced to the language of film, shot types, camera movements, framing, basic rules of camera use, how to tell a story, and editing in the Phoenix Training Suite.

Film-making for Beginners new (2 of 4) Finished 13:30 - 17:30 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Seminar Room

Learn to think visually and communicate using sound and film: participants will be introduced to the language of film, shot types, camera movements, framing, basic rules of camera use, how to tell a story, and editing in the Phoenix Training Suite.

Sun 2
Film-making for Beginners new (3 of 4) Finished 09:30 - 12:30 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Seminar Room

Learn to think visually and communicate using sound and film: participants will be introduced to the language of film, shot types, camera movements, framing, basic rules of camera use, how to tell a story, and editing in the Phoenix Training Suite.

Film-making for Beginners new (4 of 4) Finished 13:30 - 17:30 McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Seminar Room

Learn to think visually and communicate using sound and film: participants will be introduced to the language of film, shot types, camera movements, framing, basic rules of camera use, how to tell a story, and editing in the Phoenix Training Suite.

Tue 11
Generative Adversarial Networks Experimentation Lab new Finished 11:30 - 15:30 Cambridge University Library, Aoi Comms Room 1

This workshop will discuss prospective methods and approaches for critically engaging with the images of people created through Generative Adversarial Networks, using design experiments as provocations to expand debate about notions of ‘realism’ and ‘authenticity’ in an era where human and machine vision are ever more systematically intertwined.

January 2019

Mon 21
Digital Research Design, Methods and Ethics (Workshop) new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

Find out how to shape a digital research project from scratch. This session will introduce the building blocks of online research design, from the several methodologies available to conduct the research to the ethical guidelines that should underpin our projects.

Mon 28
Digital Data Collection (Workshop) new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

This session is a primer on digital data collection. The goal is to become familiar with online data sources and practices of internet-mediated data collection, including retrieving data from social media platforms.

February 2019

Mon 4
Data Wrangling (Workshop) new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

Garbage in, garbage out! Your output is as good or as bad as your input. Data collected from online sources is often dirty and messy. Discover how to clean and organise your data. After transforming raw data into a structured dataset, you will be ready to perform data analysis.

Mon 11
Optical Character Recognition (OCR): An Introduction (Workshop) new Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Cambridge University Library, Digital Content Unit

Optical Character Recognition is a term used to describe techniques for converting images containing printed or handwritten text into a format that can be searched and analysed computationally. This workshop will introduce several such tools along with some practical techniques for using them, and will also highlight OCR and related services offered by the Digital Content Unit at the Cambridge University Library.

Analysing and Visualising Social Media Data (Workshop) new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

This session introduces a variety of analytical strategies, with a focus on Social Network Analysis, the most widely used and abused method for analysing and visualising digital and social media data. At the end of this session, you will be familiar with the basic concepts, techniques and measures of social network analysis.

Mon 18
Digital Data Legacy: Share, Disseminate, Preserve (Workshop) new Finished 14:00 - 15:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

The shelf-life of your dataset dictates the longevity of your findings. Sharing your data and assuring its integrity is a fundamental part of a digital research project. In this session we will discuss the principles of open data, channels for data dissemination and the fundamentals of data preservation.

Mon 25
Creating Databases from Historical Sources (Workshop) Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

This workshop will examine strategies for transforming a variety of sources into structured digital data, ranging from crumbling manuscripts to printed documents and books.

April 2019

Tue 30
Introduction to Text-Mining with Python 1 new Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

This session will introduce basic methods for reading and processing text files in Python. We will walk through an example that reads in a large text corpus, splits it into tokens (words) and sentences, removes unwanted words (stopwords), counts the words (frequency analysis), and visualises results. We will talk about the 5 steps of text mining and what resources to use when learning text mining for your research in your own time. No prior knowledge of Python is required, and no installations will be needed. We will use web services available in your browser to follow along.

May 2019

Tue 7
Introduction to Text-Mining with Python 2 new Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

This session will introduce topic modelling. Topic modelling is looking for clusters of words that summarise the meaning of documents. We will talk about how to choose what sort of text mining you might want for your research. Some knowledge of Python is required, as gained from 'Introduction to Text-Mining with Python 1', or equivalent. No installations will be needed; we will use web services available in your browser to follow along with the examples.

Mon 20
Explaining Complexity: Using Animation, Illustration and Interactive Media to Communicate Research new Finished 13:00 - 15:00 Sidgwick Site, Alison Richard Building, SG2

Dr Nathan Crilly and Chih-Chun Chen explore the challenges of communicating complex ideas to diverse audiences through a variety of digital media formats. Three case studies will be reported from an EPSRC-funded research project which sought to clarify and communicate the nature of complex system design and its relationship to emerging technologies. For example, the project studied the way in which technologists working in Synthetic Biology and Swarm Robotics conceptualise and address the complexity of the systems they are designing. Outputs from the project include: • A 35-page ‘primer’ on the subject of complexity (now with over 6000 downloads) • A three-minute animated movie discussing the subjectivity of complexity (now with 2500 views) • An interactive website (implemented by Dr Chen since she has programming skills) that generates annotated bibliographies for complexity resources tailored to a user’s interests (launched in March 2019) Dr Crilly and Dr Chih-Chun will discuss the process of engaging with media partners, including working with science communication agencies, animators and film-makers, reflect on what they learned from the process and what they would do differently in future.

June 2019

Wed 5
Sources to Data (Workshop) Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Cambridge University Library, IT Training Room

This workshop will examine database creation from historical documents. Extracting data from these can be hard work and involves quite unusual skill combinations. You may need to digitise and transcribe from primary sources, and then design and build a database from scratch with the information. Other sources you use could already be digitised but may be arranged or filed in an unsuitable way for your project and therefore need conversion. We will look at techniques used when employing crumbling manuscripts, printed documents, books, or text searchable images, to harvest historical data. Techniques include manual data-entry, scanning and OCR, and handwritten text recognition systems.

Wed 12
Archival Photography: An Introduction new Finished 11:00 - 12:30 Cambridge University Library, Digital Content Unit

This session focusses on providing photography skills for those undertaking archival research. Dr Oliver Dunn has experience spanning a decade filming documents for major academic research projects. He will go over practical approaches to finding and ordering materials in the archive, methods of handling and filming them, digital file storage, and transcription strategies. The focus is very much on low-tech approaches and small budgets. We’ll consider best uses of smartphones, digital cameras and tripods. The session is held at the Digital Content Unit at the University Library.

Mon 24
Film-making for Beginners (Level 2) new (1 of 6) Finished 09:30 - 13:00 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 2, New Museums Site

Learn to think visually and to communicate using sound and film. Participants will be introduced to the language of film, shot types, camera movements, framing, basic rules of camera use, how to tell a story, and editing. Some prior knowledge of filming is required. Please see the CDH website for more details (www.cdh.cam.ac.uk).

Film-making for Beginners (Level 2) new (2 of 6) Finished 14:00 - 17:00 University Information Services, Phoenix Teaching Room 2, New Museums Site

Learn to think visually and to communicate using sound and film. Participants will be introduced to the language of film, shot types, camera movements, framing, basic rules of camera use, how to tell a story, and editing. Some prior knowledge of filming is required. Please see the CDH website for more details (www.cdh.cam.ac.uk).