Digital Scholarship and Skills Workshop Series

The Digital Scholarship Skills workshop series will provide a welcoming environment for faculty, staff and students to learn and ask questions about new research methodologies utilising digital research tools. It is an initiative of the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities.

The workshop series is open to faculty, staff, researchers and postgraduate students and may be attended as either ‘a la carte’ (where participants have a particular interest in a single or multiple sessions), or as a 5 ECTS module to be applied to the taught course requirements in a structured PhD (please see below for further details).

Duration: 4 four-hour workshops placed throughout the Michaelmas Term at the Trinity Long Room Hub, see individual descriptions for more details.

Objective: To introduce participants from a diverse range of backgrounds to digital research-related skills and tools with a specific focus on developing a greater understanding and appreciation of how the digital is shaping and influencing scholarship.

Description: The module comprises a suite of workshops to support the development of the critical understanding and practical skills needed to make best use of digital research tools in the context of humanities research. The content will focus each term on four skill-building tracks, some more theoretical, others focussing on key competencies and environments for digital research. Topics will be different each term, to reflect both demand and capacity in the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities.

Assessment: In order to accrue the 5 ECTS, participants will be expected to attend each of the four workshops and to complete the course assessments.  Workshop participation will be assessed as a module in the following manner:

a) Participation in all four workshops: 16 contact hours (40% contribution to final mark).

b) Literature review (up to 1500 words) of one of the topics covered in the workshop series (15% contribution to final mark).

c) Individual 7 min lightning presentation detailing how one of the workshop topics could be applied to your research (20% contribution to final mark)

d)   A series of reflective blog posts (up to 500 words each) on each of the workshops.  This assessment requires writing up to a maximum of 2000 words (25% contribution to final mark).

Further details, including submission dates, are available here: Digital Scholarship and Skills Module Assessment.

Find workshop details for the Michaelmas Term 2017 below, and a registration form further down:

Workshop One: Assessing Digital Scholarship

Instructors: Dr Jennifer Edmond and Siobhan Dunne
Date: 23rd October 2017
Time: 9:30-13:00

In this workshop, participants will be encouraged to examine their own scholarly practices and those of others, refining our responses to the fundamental question: “what is scholarship?”  The modes by which the digital disrupts our ability to read certain scholarly objects will be explored in detail, as will the ways in which we can embrace some of the new audiences, values, forms, functions, environments, methods, modes of argumentation, outlets, and validation pathways the digital brings with it.  The session will combine lecture and discussion with a hands-on exercise in evaluating diverse scholarly objects, testing our ability to judge their impact and value, and to promote such objects to our peers.

Participants are requested to bring a laptop to the workshop.  Handouts for the workshop are available here.

Workshop Two: Working with Texts in the Digital Age: Digital Scholarly Editing and TEI

Instructors: Dr Michelle Doran and Dr Georgina Nugent Folan
Venue: Large Conference Room, O’Reilly Institute, Trinity College
Date: 13th November 2017
Time: 9:00-13:00

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the theories, practices and methods for encoding digital text in the Humanities.  It provides an introduction to markup languages, XML, the infrastructure of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines, and the encoding of common textual phenomena.  Participants will have an opportunity to apply the basic elements of TEI-XML to encode a literary text using the oXygen XML Editor.  The workshop combines lectures and discussion with practical hands-on exercises.  No previous experience with digital text is assumed.

Participants are requested to bring a laptop with the latest version of oXygen XML Editor.  You can download a free 30 day trial of oXygen here.

Workshop Three: Web Technologies

Instructor: Prof. Séamus Lawless
Date: 4th December 2017
Time: 9:00-13:00

The aim of this workshop will be to explore the Internet and the Worldwide Web and the foundation technologies that underlie both. The workshop will give an introduction to the history of the web, including the emergence of hypertext and web technologies such as HTML and XML. Participants will work with HTML and CSS and will learn introductory approaches to web site development. The workshop will be of interest to those who are curious about the impact of the web on all aspects of society, with a particular focus on the Humanities.

Workshop Four: Geographic Information Systems and Historical Mapping

Instructor: Dr Frank Ludlow
Date: 11th December 2017
Time: 9:00-13:00

This workshop will begin by briefly illustrating the power of mapping to reveal relationships between seemingly disparate phenomena through space (and time), as well as highlighting common pitfalls and poor practices in mapping, both historical and contemporary. It will also showcase a range of digital mapping platforms – including a selection from the proliferation of online platforms that host and visualize spatial data of various forms – before examining the use of two common competing desktop platforms, Google Earth and ESRI’s ArcGIS, and how the two can be made to speak to each other (or interoperate). The latter half of the workshop will be practical, with workshop participants engaging directly with ArcGIS software and being guided through fundamental approaches and techniques in historical GIS.

If you have any question, please contact Michelle Doran, Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities Project Officer, at