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David De Roure, University of Oxford

At our next seminar we will welcome David De Roure, who will be at ANU for a month as a visiting scholar. He is Professor of e-Research at University of Oxford. Focused on advancing digital scholarship, David works closely with multiple disciplines including social sciences (studying social machines), humanities (computational musicology and experimental humanities), engineering (Internet of Things), and computer science (large scale distributed systems and social computing). He has extensive experience in hypertext, Web Science, Linked Data, and Internet of Things. Drawing on this broad interdisciplinary background he is a frequent speaker and writer on the future of digital scholarship and scholarly communications.

Monday 23rd October  4-5pm

Digital Humanities Lab, Rm 2.25, Sir Roland Wilson Building (McCoy Circuit, Building 120), ANU

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About the seminar series
The Centre for Digital Humanities Seminar Series and aims to share digital humanities research and projects at ANU and elsewhere. Seminars will run in our Digital Humanities Lab (Rm 2.25 Sir Roland Wilson Budiling), unless indciated otherwise. Presentations are relatively informal with a focus on discussion and demonstration (show and tell). The seminar is open to everyone, and we welcome proposals for presentations on all types of Digital Humanities research.

Please direct any questions or proposals for presentations please contact Katrina Grant

Past Seminars

Robyn McKenzie | Seeing and understanding data: using data visualisation in the analysis of string figure repertoire

The ‘pop and wow’ leading edge of digital ‘data vis’ is focussed on big data. Meanwhile, in ac-ademic disciplines such as anthropology and archaeology, bar charts and pie graphs prevail. In both instances does the use of data visualisation techniques tell us anything we didn’t already know? In this seminar I describe my use of technique trees to analyse string figure repertoire (the subject of my PhD). I use this example to show how data visualisation can function as a re-searchtool, rather than merely as a form of representation. I finish the presentation by workshop-ping how to adapt these data visualisation formats for gallery display and participant interac-tion.

Robyn McKenzie is a Research Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, and an associate of the CDHR. She is currently working on an ARC Linkage project titled: ‘The relational museum and its objects: engaging Indigenous Australian communities with their distributed col-lections’ (2016–2020).

Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller (ANU Centre for Digital Humanities Research) on the project JazzCats

JazzCats (Jazz Collection of Aggregated Triples) is a prototype project which uses Linked Open Data to bridge three previously unconnected but complementary datasets containing information about jazz music, in order to support musicological and historical analyses. It equips scholars with a tool to answer new kinds of research questions about performance traditions in a prosopography of musicians. In this seminar, the datasets are described, the workflows are evaluated, example results generated though SPARQL queries are demonstrated, and future research avenues are discussed.


Image: Portrait of Sam Donahue and Hep, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Dec. 1946. William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress. 

The Australian War Memorial’s ‘Art of Nation’ - a virtual exhibition
Dr Anthea Gunn, Australian War Memorial

Monday 7th August 4-5pm

The Australian War Memorial’s new online exhibition Art of nation is set within a digital 3D interpretation of Charles Bean’s earliest plans for the Memorial. Using visualisation and GIS technology, the Memorial’s First World War art collection is presented in a multi-dimensional way. Dr Anthea Gunn, acting Senior Curator of Art at the Memorial, will demo the exhibition and talk about  its development, and use of this special virtual exhibition.

Tracking and visualising change in Raynal’s Histoire
Mitchell Whitelaw and Geoff Hinchcliffe, ANU Design

April 10th 2017, 5-6pm

Glenn Roe commissioned us to develop an interface that would track and visualise textual changes in three editions of Raynal’s Histoire. We used computational analysis to match and track paragraphs of the text across editions, and developed new approaches to layout that reveal structural as well as textual changes; the end result is a web interface that enables exploration of the text across multiple scales. In this presentation we will demo the interface and outline the entangled data / design processes that formed it.


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