Digital Tools and Technologies Workshop Series, Hilary Term 2022

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 note, ECTS credits for this module can only be claimed by students registered at Trinity College Dublin.  Assessment details are available here.

All four of the workshops scheduled for the Hilary Term 2022 / Semester 2 will be available for online participation. Participants will be forwarded a link upon completion of the online registration form. The registration form is available at the bottom of the page.


The Workshops

Legal, Ethical and Practical issues of data scraping in the humanities

Date: 1-4pm GMT, Weds 16th Feb (Hilary Term wk 4)

Instructor: Dr. Erik Ketzan

Description:  This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of obtaining text and data for humanistic research. Where to find datasets and corpora (collections of texts)? How can you scrape hundreds or thousands of web pages using the Python programming language, specifically via the user-friendly interface of Jupyter Notebooks? As scraping from the web involves important legal and ethical considerations, we will provide a foundational overview of copyright and personal data protection in humanistic research. No prior knowledge of coding is required. 


Defining the Digital Humanities

Date: 1-4pm GMT, Weds 16th March

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Doran

Description: What constitutes digital humanities (or what constitutes the digital humanities) is a question to which the multiplicity of answers now comprises a genre.  The answer to this question largely depends on how we define the relationships between digital humanities and the traditional humanities disciplines, as well as the emerging humanities disciplines and the natural sciences (including computational science). Exploratory rather than prescriptive in style, this workshop will ask participants to define digital humanities as it relates to their own scholarly identities, disciplines, sources and research methodologies. Participants will also be introduced to the landscape of digital humanities at Trinity College Dublin.


Training Machines to enable automatic transcription of hand-written documents

Date: 1-4pm GMT, Weds 23rd March

Instructor: Dr. David Brown and Dr. Ciaran Wallace

Description: Using new software can be as frustrating as it is exciting.  This practical workshop will look at the Transkribus tool and take the participants through the stages of producing digital images of hand-written text, the potential issues that can arise, and how to overcome them.  


Digital and Data Storytelling

Date: 1-4pm IST, Weds 6th April

Instructors: Prof. Jennifer Edmond and Eliza Papaki

Description: In this session, we will take our (digital) humanities skills out of the academic setting to look at how we can use the paradigms of digital and data storytelling to tell different kinds of stories and reach different audiences with our work.  The session will begin with a broad exploration of the many forms digital and data storytelling can take, from the visual and video-based interactive narrative to the infographic.  We will explore some of the ways in which media and digital humanities researchers categorise and describe this work, and survey some of the more common tools available.  Finally, we will take a real example, comprised of a communication goal, a data set, and a proposed audience/message, and develop together a compact data story using readily available design tools.


Cancelled: Digital Scholarly Editing

If you registered for “Digital Scholarly Editing” you will be automatically registered for “Digital and Data Storytelling”.  You do not need to take any further action.   We apologise for any inconvenience.


Those wishing to sign up for these workshops can do so via the form below.  Workshops will be presented online for non-MPhil students.


*** Registration for this semester’s workshops is now closed ***