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My opening remarks for MCG’s Museums+Tech 2017

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 18:01:57 +0000

My notes introducing the theme of the Museums Computer Group’s 2017 conference and a call to action for people working in cultural heritage technology below. A divided world 2016 was the year that deep fractures came to the surface, but they’d been building for some time. We might live in the same country as each other, … Continue reading My opening remarks for MCG’s Museums+Tech 2017

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Do people want access to digitised collections?

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 18:18:35 +0000

Someone asked me recently if there’s any evidence that people really want access to digitised collections, so I popped onto twitter and asked, ‘Does anyone have a good example of a digitised image on Wikimedia or similar that reached a huge audience compared to the GLAM’s own site?’. Here are the responses I received: Michael … Continue reading Do people want access to digitised collections?

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From piles of material to patchwork: How do we embed the production of usable collections data into library work?

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:50:20 +0000

These notes were prepared for a panel discussion at the ‘Always Already Computational: Collections as Data‘ (#AACdata) workshop, held in Santa Barbara in March 2017. While my latest thinking on the gap between the scale of collections and the quality of data about them is informed by my role in the Digital Scholarship team at … Continue reading From piles of material to patchwork: How do we embed the production of usable collections data into library work?

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Trying computational data generation and entity extraction

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:17:06 +0000

I’ve developed this exercise on computational data generation and entity extraction for various information/data visualisation workshops I’ve been teaching lately. As these methods have become more accessible, my dataviz workshops have included more discussion of computational methods for generating data to be visualised. I used to do a text-based version of this, but found that … Continue reading Trying computational data generation and entity extraction

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Keynote online: ‘Reaching out: museums, crowdsourcing and participatory heritage’

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:11:45 +0000

In September I was invited to give a keynote at the Museum Theme Days 2016 in Helsinki. I spoke on ‘Reaching out: museums, crowdsourcing and participatory heritage. In lieu of my notes or slides, the video is below. (Great image, thanks YouTube!)

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Crowdsourcing in cultural heritage, citizen science – September 2016

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:21:39 +0000

More new projects and project updates I’ve noticed over September 2016. Gillian Lattimore @Irl_HeritageDig has posted some of her dissertation research on Crowdsourcing Motivations in a GLAM Context: A Research Survey of Transcriber Motivations of the Meitheal Dúchas.ie Crowdsourcing Project. dúchas.ie is ‘a project to digitize the National Folklore Collection of Ireland, one of the … Continue reading Crowdsourcing in cultural heritage, citizen science – September 2016

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Crowdsourcing in cultural heritage, citizen science – recent updates

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:39:46 +0000

A small* collection of links from the past little while. Projects A new Zooniverse project, Decoding the Civil War, launched in June: ‘Witness the United States Civil War by transcribing and deciphering messages and codes from the United States Military Telegraph’. Another Zooniverse project, Camera CATalogue: ‘Analyze Wildlife Photos to Help Panthera Protect Big Cats’. Articles … Continue reading Crowdsourcing in cultural heritage, citizen science – recent updates

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Crowdsourcing workshop at DH2016 – session overview

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:06:10 +0000

A quick signal boost for the collaborative notes taken at the DH2016 Expert Workshop: Beyond The Basics: What Next For Crowdsourcing? (held in Kraków, Poland, on 12 July as part of the Digital Humanities 2016 conference, abstract below). We’d emphasised the need to document the unconference-style sessions (see FAQ) so that future projects could benefit … Continue reading Crowdsourcing workshop at DH2016 – session overview

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Network visualisations and the ‘so what?’ problem

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:42:59 +0000

This week I was in Luxembourg for a workshop on Network Visualisation in the Cultural Heritage Sector, organised by Marten Düring and held on the Belval campus of the University of Luxembourg. In my presentation, I responded to some of the questions posed in the workshop outline: In this workshop we want to explore how … Continue reading Network visualisations and the ‘so what?’ problem

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Two questions for the digital humanities from Laura Mandell

Mon, 30 May 2016 18:22:37 +0000

I came across Joshua Sternfeld’s definition of ‘digital historiography’ while I was writing my thesis, and two parts of it very neatly described what I was up to – firstly, the ‘interdisciplinary study of the interaction of digital technology with historical practice’ – and secondly, seeking to understand the ‘construction, use, and evaluation of digital … Continue reading Two questions for the digital humanities from Laura Mandell

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