Background to the Workshop
The web now contains the results of many initiatives to digitise resources for the humanities but how successful are these initiatives and how much information has now been archived online? This workshop discusses these issues, centred on two themes derived from recent JISC Digitisation Programme-funded projects:
Measuring impacts of digitized collections online (Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study)
Extracting materials from the Internet Archive (IA) and making the resulting dataset accessible for analyses (World Wide Web of Humanities)
The Internet Archive project uses sample collections of materials relating to World Wars I and II in anticipation of further development of tools for working with the large volumes of data housed in the archive.
This one day event will present the results of both projects in the context of general panel discussions about the role of digitisation in the practices of humanities researchers now and in the future.
Arrival and coffee
Welcome and introduction by Dr Eric T. Meyer, Project Director
10:00-10:15 Overview of Phase 1 Digitisation Projects (Dr Kathryn Eccles)
10:15-10:30 Quantitative Tools (Prof Mike Thelwall and Dr Kathryn Eccles)
10:45-11:00 Qualitative Tools (Dr Eric Meyer and Dr Kathryn Eccles) (10:30-10:45) 4. Survey Data (Christine Madsen and Dr Eric Meyer)
11:00-11:15 Discussion and questions
What impact is digitisation having on researchers, libraries, archives, and the general public? (Roundtable discussion: representatives from digitisation projects and JISC)
JISC/NEH Transatlantic Digitisation Collaboration Programme in conjunction with the Internet Archive: The World Wide Web of Humanities
13:30-13:50 The Internet Archive: Extracting the data
13:50-14:10 Hanzo Archives Ltd.: Working with the data (M.Middleton, Y.Hafri)
14:10-14:30 Selecting and analysing the WWI and WWII collections (Madsen, Meyer)
14:30-14:45 Discussion and questions
e-Humanities and archival web research moving forward: What is on the horizon?
About the Projects
The World Wide Web of Humanities project aims to begin to address this gap by establishing a framework for e-Humanities (also called Digital Humanities) research using available open source tools and technologies and archived web content to create novel research interfaces to the first of many, scholarly, e-Humanities web collections (Funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme).
The Digitised Resources: A Usage and Impact Study project combines quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure the impact of online scholarly resources. The toolkit being developed will include a number of elements which will aid other researchers and funding bodies to assess the impact of digitisation projects. (Funded by the JISC Digitisation Programme).