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 The IHR Seminar in Digital History would like to welcome you to its next seminar of 2013. 

Presenter:  Professor Rob Iliffe (University of Sussex)

Title:  Re-writing a life: Isaac Newton as revealed from his digital archive

Date:  12 November, 2013

Time:  5:15 PM (BST=GMT+1)

Venue:  Athlone Room, 102, Senate House, South Block, First floor, or live online at HistorySpot

 

Abstract: This paper will consider the experience of the Newton Project which has digitised and made available online the multimillion word organic personal and printed archive of Sir Isaac Newton. In doing so, the paper will also reconsider the life of Isaac Newton on the basis of his digitised Theological Papers and his other scientific and mathematical writings. (http://www.newtonproject.sussex.ac.uk/)

Speaker:  Rob Iliffe is the Director of the AHRC Newton Papers Project with an overall responsibility for completing the online publication of all four million words of Newton’s Theological Papers. He is also responsible for extending the scope of the original project to include dealing with Newton’s scientific and mathematical work. Rob gained his PhD from Cambridge University and is currently Professor of Intellectual History and the History of Science at the University of Sussex. He is the author of A Very Short Introduction to Isaac Newton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), and has published extensively on early modern history and the history of science. He is currently completing a major work on Newton’s theology for online release.

Seminars are streamed live online at HistorySpot. To keep in touch, follow us on Twitter (@IHRDigHist) or at the hashtag #dhist.

 

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The next Digital History seminar will be streamed over live video link on 29 October 2013 at 5.15pm (GMT).  See details below:

 

Title: Ideology and Algorithms: The uses of nationalism in the American Civil War and topic Modeling in historical Research

Speaker: Robert Nelson (University of Richmond)

Venue: Athlone Room, 102, Senate house, first floor

Time: Tuesday, October 29th, 5:15 pm GMT  (please note that time differences between UK and USA are one hour less than usual)

 

The 9th New York Infantry Regiment charging the Confederate right at Antietam. (wikipedia)

The 9th New York Infantry Regiment charging the Confederate right at Antietam. (wikipedia)

Abstract: This presentation will explore the instrumental functions of nationalistic and patriotic rhetoric during the Civil War. Using an innovative text-mining technique called topic modeling to analyze the entire runs of the Richmond Daily Dispatch and the New-York Times during the war, it will suggest that the two newspapers used the same language of patriotism and nationalism but to different ends: the former to draw men into the army, the latter to draw voters to the polls to support the Republic Party.  It will also reflect upon the broader methodological value of topic modeling, suggesting how cultural and intellectual historians can use the technique to interpret the concrete political, social, and emotional functions of elusive ideological discourses.

Rob Nelson is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab and affiliated faculty in the American Studies program at the University of Richmond.  He has directed and developed a number of digital humanities projects including “Mining the Dispatch,” “Redlining Richmond,” and the History Engine.  He’s currently working on a couple of projects.  One uses a text-mining technique called topic modeling to analyze nationalism in Civil War newspapers.  The other is an multi-year, collaborative project to develop an extensive digital atlas of American history.

Robert will be speaking via live video link. The seminar will be streamed live online at HistorySpot. To keep in touch, follow us on Twitter (@IHRDigHist) or at the hashtag #dhist.

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adam-crymble-cropThis year the Digital History seminar will again be streaming live over the internet.  The first of these will be this coming Tuesday (15 October) when long-time attendee Adam Crymble (King’s College London) will be discussing his doctorate study.  Please feel free to join us either in person (in the Bedford room G37, Senate House) or live online at History SPOT.  Full details below:

 

 

The Programming Historian 2: Collaborative Pedagogy for Digital History

Adam Crymble (King’s College London)

Digital History seminar

Tuesday, 15 October 2013, 5:15pm (BST/GMT+1)

Bedford Room G37, Senate house, Ground floor 

Abstract

The Programming Historian 2 offers open access, peer reviewed tutorials designed to provide historians with new technical skills that are immediately relevant to their research needs. The project also offers a peer reviewed platform for those seeking to share their skills with other historians and humanists. In this talk, Adam will discuss the project from behind the scenes, looking at how it has grown and hopes to continue to grow, as an enduring digital humanities project and alternative publishing and learning platform.

Biography

Adam Crymble is one of the founding editors of the Programming Historian 2. He is the author of ‘How to Write a Zotero Translator: A Practical Beginners Guide for Humanists’ and is finishing a PhD in history and digital humanities at King’s College London. Adam is also a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute.

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shutterstock_34528765[1]Nick Guyatt’s and Luke Clossey’s recently piece, ‘It’s a Small World After All?  Geographical diversity and history teaching in the UK’, in the American Historical Association’s Perpectives on History (May 2013) has started a lively debate about the breadth and quality of teaching and research in our universities.  Have universities got the right balance between European/North American history, and wider world history?  If not, why not?  How can we account for disparities in the way this balance seems to operate in US/Canadian universities versus British ones?  Is the UK falling behind?  Does that matter?  Is the challenge simply to persuade departments to hire more wider-world historians or do we need to tweak the culture of university research and teaching to ensure that early career historians in wider world topics realise their potential?  What are the connections between this debate in the university setting and the arguments about ‘the history of us’, the National Curriculum and school teaching.  And in any case, why should students/pupils be interested in wider world history in the first place?  Should we emphasise the value of wider world curiosity by embracing instrumental arguments about the (international) career opportunities and the global economy that await school-leavers and university graduates?

Panellists on this Question Time-style event will include Machel Bogues, Professor Sir Richard Evans, Nick Guyatt, Su Lin Lewis, Nicola Sheldon, Jason Todd and Peter D’Sena (chair).

Date: Wednesday 11 September 2013

Time: 17.30-20.00

For more information about this event click on the IHR events page.  To access the live stream go to the History SPOT podcast page and click on the video option.

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Just a quick reminder of tonight’s live stream:

Web archives: a new class of primary source for historians ?
Peter Webster (British Library) and Richard Deswarte (University of East Anglia)
 Joint Archives and Society and Digital History seminar
11 June 2013, 5.15pm GMT

For abstract and further details click here.

To join us at 5.15pm click here and open up the pop-out items.

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The next live stream will be a joint session from the Digital History seminar and Archives and Society seminar.  Details follows:


Web archives: a new class of primary source for historians ?
Peter Webster (British Library) and Richard Deswarte (University of East Anglia)
 Joint Archives and Society and Digital History seminar
11 June 2013, 5.15pm GMT

Abstract:  When viewed in historical context, the speed at which the world wide web has become fundamental to the exchange of information is perhaps unprecedented. The Internet Archive began its work in archiving the web in 1996, and since then national libraries and other memory institutions have followed suit in archiving the web along national or thematic lines. However, whilst scholars of the web as a system have been quick to embrace archived web materials as the stuff of their scholarship, historians have been slower in thinking through the nature and possible uses of a new class of primary source.

In April 2013 the six legal deposit libraries for the UK were granted powers to archive the whole of the UK web domain, in parallel with the historic right of legal deposit for print. As such, over time there will be a near-comprehensive archive of the UK web available for historical analysis, which will grow and grow in value as the span of time it covers lengthens. This paper introduces the JISC-funded AADDA (Analytical Access to the Domain Dark Archive) project. Led by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) in partnership with the British Library and the University of Cambridge, AADDA seeks to demonstrate the value of longitudinal web archives by means of the JISC UK Web Domain Dataset. This dataset includes the holdings of the Internet Archive for the UK for the period 1996-2010, purchased by the JISC and placed in the care of the British Library. The project has brought together scholars from the humanities and social sciences in order to begin to imagine what scholarly enquiry with assets such as these would look like.

Biographies:

Dr Peter Webster is web archiving and engagement and liaison manager for the British Library, and an historian of contemporary Britain.

Dr Richard Deswarte is Research Associate in the School of History at UEA. He will speak about his AADDA project which examines how the Web Domain Dataset can be used to explore the rise of British Euroscepticism. He will highlight some of the digital approaches and wider research goals from his initial exploratory work using the archive.

To join us on the live stream click on the podcast page of History SPOT and open up the pop out boxes on 11 June.

Additional resources:

The AADDA project blog

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Just a quick reminder of tonight’s live stream: From computers and history to digital history: a retrospective.

 

To join us simply go to the History SPOT site at 5.15pm and open up the pop-out video, chat, twitter, and slide show.

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From computers and history to digital history: a retrospective
Sir Roderick Floud, Robert Shoemaker, and Don Spaeth
Digital History seminar
Tuesday 28 May 2013, 5.15pm GMT

 

The next Digital History seminar will take place in the Bedford Room (G37, Ground floor, Senate House) and will also be live streamed at 5.15pm (BST) on 28 May 2013. See below for details of how to join in.

Historians were among the first humanities scholars to utilize computers as research tools, recognizing their value as early as the mid-1960s. Since that time, as the technology and the field have both evolved, computers have remained important tools for research, teaching and communication. With an ever greater breadth of scholarly activities for which computational tools are used, the Digital History Seminar has convened a panel the reflect on the ongoing dialogue between information technologies and their use in the discipline of history.

The panel will be made up of pioneers in historical computing including Sir Roderick Floud (Gresham College), Robert Shoemaker (Sheffield) and Don Spaeth (Glasgow) who will discuss the past, present and future of digital history. Each of the panelists has played a significant role in the development of the use of computational methods for historical phenomena. They will collectively provide a fascinating picture of the shift from historical computing to digital history. Each panelist will speak for about 15 minutes on their use of computers and digital tools for historical research and teaching. The talks will be followed by a moderated discussion.

 

Sir Roderick Floud is a distinguished professor of economic history and has been Provost of Gresham College since 2008. Previously he was Dean of the School of Advanced Study of which the IHR is a part, Provost of London Guildhall University and the first Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University. Among many honors and fellowships he is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the British Academy. He has published widely on topics as diverse as technological change, the use of IT in the study of history, the evolution of technical education and changes in human height, health and welfare. He was knighted in 2005.

 

Robert Shoemaker is Professor of Eighteenth-Century British history at the University of Sheffield. He has published on the history of crime and criminal justice, gender, and violence. Along with Tim Hitchcock and Clive Emsley he is director of the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, a fully searchable edition of the entire run of published accounts of trials which took place at the Old Bailey from 1674 to 1913. This groundbreaking work was the first of a number of important primary source resources that Shoemaker and Hitchcock have created. In January 2011 he and Hitchcock were awarded the Longman-History Today Trustees Award, presented to a person, persons or organisation that has made a major contribution to history, for their work on the Old Bailey and London Lives projects.

 

Don Spaeth is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on the social history of early modern England and the application of computers to historical research and teaching. He is the author of The Church in Age of Danger as well as of various articles on historical and methodological topics. In the 1990s, he ran a series of externally-funded national computer-based initiatives, including the Computers in Teaching Initiative Centre for History, Archaeology and Art History and, as director, the TLTP History Software Consortium, a consortium of eighty UK institutions. He is currently working on three research projects: on lay-clerical relations in Elizabethan England, scolding and gender relations, and the digitisation and analysis of Welsh Wills.

 

To take part in the live stream visit History SPOT on 28 May at 5.15pm and open up the pop out video, slide show, chat, and Twitter feed.

 

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Just a quick reminder that the Digital History seminar will be streaming live tonight at 5.15pm GMT.

Digital History seminar
Matthew Hammond
The People of Medieval Scotland database: structure, prosopography and network visualisation

 

To take part in the live stream visit History SPOT at 5.15pm and open up the pop out video, slide show, chat, and twitter feed.

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The next IHR live stream will take place at 5.15pm on 14 May 2013 with the Digital History seminar.  Details below:

Digital History seminar
Matthew Hammond
The People of Medieval Scotland database: structure, prosopography and network visualisation
 
 
The People of Medieval Scotland 1093-1314 website (click on image to view)

The People of Medieval Scotland 1093-1314 website (click on image to view)

This is a seminar about a prosopographical database, ‘The People of Medieval Scotland, 1093-1314’, which has been in production since 2007, and which has been freely available online since the summer of 2010. Since the relaunch of the database last year, we have had over 40,000 unique visitors from across the globe. Now nearing completion, the database contains records on over 20,000 individuals, drawn from over 8500 medieval, mostly Latin documents. The paper will examine some of the PoMS project’s technical innovations as well as the new directions we hope to take in the coming years.

The seminar will take you behind the scenes of the public website to see how this database evolved from the factoid prosopography model created for the ‘Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England’ (PASE) by John Bradley of the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, now Department of Digital Humanities, at Kings College London. PoMS has developed what might be called a ‘transactional model’ of factoid prosopography, due to the fact that it is comprised almost entirely of transactional documents like charters. Rather than simply recording events, the transactional model is explicitly interested in relations between individuals as recorded in the documents. We will examine the new structures PoMS incorporates to allow end users the ability to research the terms of the transaction, and thus the nature of the interaction between people, as well as multiple transactions happening at different times within the same document. We will look at the work of Michele Pasin, formerly of DDH, in developing new ways for users to both search and visualise these transactions. The seminar will finish with a consideration of the capabilities of the database for studying the social networks, and visualising the relationships between large numbers of people.

Matthew Hammond is a Research Associate in the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow and former Lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2007, he has been a team member of the AHRC-funded projects that created the ‘People of Medieval Scotland, 1093-1286’ database (www.poms.ac.uk) and is now working on a Leverhulme-funded project to expand the capabilities of that database, especially in the area of Social Network Analysis.

To take part in the live stream visit History SPOT on 14 May at 5.15pm and open up the pop out video, slide show, chat, and twitter feed.

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