Digital Scholarship and Skills Workshop Series, Hilary 2019

Registration is now open for the forthcoming Digital Scholarship and Skills Workshop Series.  All workshops will be hosted at the Trinity Long Room Hub and will take place in the Neill Lecture Theatre.  You can find workshop details for the Hilary Term 2019 below, and a registration form further down:

Workshop One: Identifying and Managing Humanities Research Data

Facilitators: The Staff of the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities
Date: 7th February 2019
Time: 9:00-13:00

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 are Humanities research data?” Participants will be asked to consider the relationships between computer-readable data and the objects of Humanities research. The modes by which the digital disrupts traditional methodologies in the Humanities will be explored in detail, as will the ways in which Humanities methods and practices have changed to respond to digital research data. The session will combine lecture and discussion with a hands-on exercise in evaluating diverse Humanities sources, testing our ability to identify and to extract Humanities research data, and to respond to such objects in a way that reflects their digital nature. Additionally, the workshop content will cover practical solutions and tips for those who want to work with Humanities research data.  The workshop will include sessions on the following:

  • The problem with the word “data”
  • How to understand the data component of humanities research
  • Data Management Plans
  • Ethics in Research: How to Protect your Data, your Participants, and Yourself
  • Open research data
  • Data citation
  • Data-driven research in the Humanities

Workshop Two: Building and Using Digital Research Environments

Facilitators: Staff at the Library of Trinity College Dublin
Date: 28th February 2019
Time: 9:00-13:00

In this workshop, staff at the Library of Trinity College Dublin will introduce participants to the methods of planning and organisation to ensure successful online publication and archiving of digital projects. Participants will learn about best practices in, as well as pragmatic tips and tricks for such key topics as: digitisation; lifecycle management of digital objects; descriptive metadata; and copyright identification.  In addition, researchers from multiple disciplines will present examples of their latest research in this area.

Details of the speakers will be announced shortly.

Workshop Three: Theory and Practice of Distant Reading: An Introductory Workshop 

Facilitator: Dr Michelle Doran, Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities
Date: 7th March 2019
Time: 9:00-13:00

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the theories, practices and methods of Distant Reading.  In the first half of the presentation participants will be provided with an introduction to the theories of Distant Reading and the debates surrounding the approach, including arguments against data visualisation.  During this session participants will also be introduced to some commonly used analytical tools in the Digital Humanities including MALLET, Google Books Ngram Viewer and Voyant Tools.  After the introductory session, researchers from multiple disciplines will present examples of their latest research in this area.

Details of the speakers will be announced shortly.

Workshop Four:  Using Ontologies and Qualitative Data Analysis for Digital Humanities Research

Facilitator: Prof. Costis Dallas, Visiting Research Fellow, Trinity Long Room Hub
Date: 21st March 2019
Time: 9:00-13:00

This workshop introduces an innovative ontology-based approach to designing and performing qualitative meta-research on the information and communication practices and attitudes of humanities researchers in the digital environment. After an introduction to relevant concepts from the fields of practice studies, activity theory, and practical argumentation, participants will engage with fundamental notions of conceptual modeling and ontologies, scholarly process modeling and the NeDIMAH Methods Ontology (NeMO), as well as with core aspects of interviewing research design and qualitative data analysis, focusing on the processes of developing an appropriate code system, as well as coding and analysing transcribed data. Based on their own experience, participants may develop research questions and a thematic guide suitable for scholarly activity mapping, plan and conduct a brief episodic interview, and perform ontology-based coding and analysis of interviewing data using the MaxQDA qualitative data analysis software. No prior technical experience is assumed.