Digital History Day – 4 March 2015

The Digital History Day, to be held at the History Faculty, George Street, gives an introduction to digital tools and methods for historians, focusing on the resources developed and hosted by the Institute of Historical Research.IHR Digital History Day 4 March - poster

In addition to presenting particular tools, including British History Online (BHO) and the Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH), the workshop will consider research communication, for example using social media, and the challenges of working with new types of sources.

This is an excellent opportunity for historians to learn and participate in discussions about important issues in the context of our changing academic environment.

All welcome.

Round Table discussion for Faculty staff and graduates

12.30-1.30pm – Rees Davies Room, History Faculty

IHR participants: Simon Baker, Jonathan Blaney, Sarah Milligan and Jane Winters (Institute of Historical Research)

Topics to be covered include big data for humanities research, the importance of digital citation and the ‘problem’ of search.

2-4pm, Lecture Theatre, History Faculty

2.00 Digital history at the Institute of Historical Research: an overview – Jane Winters
2.20 Case study I: Bibliography of British and Irish History – Simon Baker
2.40 Big data for historical research – Jonathan Blaney
3.00 Case study II: British History Online – Sarah Milligan
3.20 Communicating your research online – Jane Winters
3.35 Digital citation – Jonathan Blaney
3.50 Questions?

The participants:

Simon Baker joined the IHR in 2004 as assistant project editor for the Royal Historical Society Bibliography of British and Irish History and is currently one of the editors of its successor, the Bibliography of British and Irish History. Previously he worked in the photographic library at the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England; and at the British Film Institute, where he worked in the National Archive (film and television) and the National Library. While at the BFI he was involved in the first moves towards computerisation of data and digitisation projects, as well as subsequent migration and merging of data into other databases and the development of online resources.

Jonathan Blaney joined the IHR in 2007 as project editor for British History Online’s project to complete the digitisation of the Calendars of State Papers. He now continues to work for part of the time on BHO, as well as spending time on other IHR projects, most recently in the field of big data. Jonathan has worked as lexicographer for Oxford University Press and as an editor on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He subsequently worked for the Oxford Digital Library, where he was a text encoding reviewer on the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership and Eighteenth Century Collections Online Text Creation Partnership, and also advised on a number of digitisation projects.

Sarah Milligan joined the IHR in 2014 as publishing manager for British History Online. Previously, she worked as an editorial and research assistant with the Map of Early Modern London (MoEML), the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE) and the Victorian Poetry Network (VPN), all based at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She remains a Research Affiliate with MoEML. Her diverse interests include Victorian poetry, early modern London and encoding historical dates.

Jane Winters is professor of digital history and head of publications at the IHR. Currently, she is principal investigator of the Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities project; co-director of Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata; co-investigator of Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data; and publishing editor of the Bibliography of British and Irish History. She is also executive editor of the IHR’s journal, Historical Research, and associate editor of Frontiers in Digital Humanities: Digital History. Jane is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of the Archived Web), the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities, the Advisory Board of the Academic Book of the Future project, and the UK Medical Heritage Library.

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