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Digital Humanities

This College Research Theme has been a priority for the Trinity Long Room Hub since its foundation in 2006. Digital Humanities research not only creates and interrogates digital artefacts, but studies how new media are transforming the disciplines in which they are used, from publication to teaching. Researchers at Trinity have taken a lead internationally in refining these methodologies and building the infrastructures to enable Digital Humanities research.

Bringing together expertise from the various disciplines of the arts and humanities as well as from computer science, linguistics, engineering and the Library, particular research strengths within TCD include digital textual scholarship and editing, virtual/augmented/mixed reality performance, data mining and visualisation, time-series analysis and historical modelling, personalisation and localisation, digital curation, 3D worlds, and music and new media.

The Trinity Long Room Hub, as the home of Digital Humanities at TCD, is leading and participating in a number of international and national research projects in the broad theme of Digital Humanities.

DAH - The Digital Arts and Humanities structured PhD programme in digital arts and humanities is a flagship PRTLI V project for researcher training.  It is the world’s largest-ever programme to train a new generation of research students in the application of new media and computer technologies in the arts and humanities. The DAH Structured PhD programme is both a full-time (4 years) and part-time (6 years) inter-institutional, inter-disciplinary structured PhD programme.  The DAH programme combines the strengths of seven institute partners; National University of Ireland, Galway, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Royal Irish Academy, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, Queen’s University Belfast and University of Ulster.  The Digital Arts and Humanities structured PhD programme is funded by the HEA Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI Cycle V) and co funded by the European Regional Development fund (ERDF). Programme director Poul Holm (holmp@tcd.ie) administrator Jo D’Arcy (darcyjo@tcd.ie) For further information please visit: www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/DAH/

DARIAH - The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) is the digital research infrastructure that will connect scholarly data archives and repositories with cultural heritage for the arts and humanities across Europe. Within Trinity College Dublin, the project is coordinated by Prof. Susan Schreibman.

CENDARI - Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure - CENDARI is a 4-year, European Commission-funded project led by Trinity College Dublin, comprised of a partnership of 14 institutions across 8 countries. It aims to create an innovative research infrastructure for historical researchers which integrates digital archives and resources from the project’s two pilot areas of Medieval European Culture and World War One. In CENDARI, historians, computer scientists and information scientists are collaborating to deliver a digital research infrastructure of the highest quality. The Trinity College team acts as the Coordinator for the project responsible for the management and coordination of the project’s activities as well as the long-term sustainability of the infrastructure that is developed. For more information on CENDARI, please visit the project website at www.cendari.eu or contact the team on info@cendari.eu. Project Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Edmond, Director of Strategic Projects for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (edmondj@tcd.ie).

DIGCURV - Digital Curator Vocational Education Europe  - DIGCURV is funded under the Leonardo da Vinci programme to establish a curriculum framework for vocational training in digital curation.

The thirty-month project is identifying, analysing and profiling existing training opportunities and methodologies, survey training needs in the sector, while identifying the key skills and competences required of digital curators. Its goal is to establish a curriculum framework from which training programmes can be developed in future. For more information on DigCurV, please visit the project website: www.digcur-education.org. Project Coordinator: Prof. Susan Schreibman, Associate Professor of Digital Humanities (schreibs@tcd.ie)

More information about these projects and the on-going research activities within this core Research Theme can be found on the DH @TCD blog.

Upcoming Events in the Digital Humanities at Trinity College Dublin

Michaelmas Term 2014

  • 23rd October 2014 | 11.00am- 1.00pm
    Introduction to LiDAR data for studying the past

    Speaker: Dr Benjamin Štular, CENDARI Fellow
    Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
    Register Online
  • 6th November 2014 | From 10:30 AM
    Digital Humanities Tour of the CNGL Industry Showcase
    The SFI-funded Centre for Next Generation Localisation has produced a wide range of influential software products and applications.   Many of the the areas in which CNGL works have a strong overlap with the interests of humanities researcher: sentiment analysis, machine translation, adaptive and personalised data delivery and more.  To try and make this potential easier to see, we will be having a bespoke tour of the Centre’s upcoming technology showcase at Croke Park just for digital humanists, to explore the technologies and discuss how they might be applied for research.  The tour is open to all levels of interest and training in DH, but spaces are limited and registration is essential!
    Speaker: Dr. Alexander O’Connor, CNGL
    Venue:  Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 1
    Contact:  Alex.OConnor@scss.tcd.ie 
    Event Website

11.00am – 1.00pm
Interpretation of LiDAR data, or: “I digitised my LiDAR features, now what?”
Speaker: Dr Benjamin Štular, CENDARI Fellow
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
Register Online

  • 24th November 2014 1.00-3.00pm
    “Integrating First World War Digital Archives with Lidar Data. Methodology and Case Study”

    Speaker: Dr Benjamin Štular, CENDARI Fellow
    Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
    Contact: info@cendari.eu
  • 26th November 2014 (DATE TBC) | 6.30pm
    “Miscellaneous Manuscripts in the Medieval Germanic World”

    Speaker: Dr Rosella Tinaburri, CENDARI Visiting Research Fellow
    Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
    Contact: info@cendari.eu
  • 4th December 2014 | 2.00-4.00pm
    “Bridging collections with a participatory Commons: a pilot with World War One archives”

    Speaker: Mia Ridge, CENDARI Fellow
    Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
    Contact: info@cendari.eu

Hilary Term 2015

  • 6th February 2015
    The Clarke Studios Symposium: Stained Glass, Religion and Cultural Identity in 19th and 20th Century Ireland
    Coordinators: Mr Tim Keefe and Dr. Marta Bustillo, DRIS 
    Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
    Contact: digitalresources@tcd.ie
  • 17th February 2015 | 3.30pm - 5.30pm
    Modern History Postgraduate Student Seminar Workshop:
    "Research in the CENDARI Virtual Research Environment (CENDARI environment test session)"
    Speakers: Nadia Boukhelifa and Pascal Goffin, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA, Paris)
    Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
    Contact: Franscesca Morselli (francesca.morselli@tcd.ie