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Skills Workshops

Hands-on skills workshops will take place on Day 3 of 'Realising the Opportunities of Digital Humanities'.

Workshop participants are advised to bring laptop computers on the day. Wi-fi access will be provided and any further requirements will be advised prior to the workshop. Three workshops are being offered (the morning sessions repeat in the afternoon), and participants can choose to attend up to two of these options (one in the morning, and one in the afternoon). Participants can state their preferences upon registration, and confirmation of options and time slots will be provided at a later date (subject to availability).

Date: Thursday 25th October, 2012
Venue: An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth
Registration Fee: €10 (lunch provided)


Workshop Descriptions

(for workshop times see Programme page)

This workshop will introduce participants to the theory of software engineering modeling methodologies, specifically the Unified Modeling Language. Participants will identify and establish selection criteria for the most appropriate methodologies and modeling tools in use in a Digital Humanities projects. Specifically, we introduce the theory of data modeling and its related software engineering methodologies such as Relational Modeling and Hierarchical Modeling. Participants will also be introduced to querying methodologies for these various modeling approaches. 

  • Data Visualisation for Digital Humanists  with Orla Murphy (University College Cork) and Shawn Day ( Royal Irish Academy)

This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the rich variety of techniques and tools available to digital humanities scholars for data visualisation for analytical and presentation purposes.  It will differentiate between the nature of visualisation used for analysis and visualisation as a tool for the communication of research findings. This workshop will explore best practices in the data visualisation cycle, suggest a variety of tools available to assist in the process through visualisation and to have a sense of where you can look for more information. Participants will gain a rapid understanding of opportunities to apply visualisation techniques to their own projects to aid in the communication of research efforts and also become more critical consumers of others' data visualisations.

This workshop will introduce participants to Linked Data, a key semantic web technology, and its uses in the digital humanities. Through examples of Linked Data websites and applications, we will explore how Linked Data is being used by individual digital humanities scholars, by organisations such as the BBC and the Central Statistics Office, and by cultural heritage institutions worldwide. We will make comparisons to other approaches to structuring data (including markup and metadata approaches such as TEI and XML) and discuss best practices for creating and reusing Linked Data (such as the importance of identifiers and standard vocabularies). Participants will also be introduced to tools for creating and exploring Linked Data. The workshop will also include a hands-on exercise in creating Linked Data.