Digital Humanities and Journalism Seminar

12.00 – 14.00, Wednesday 9 October, Moore Institute Seminar Room, NUI Galway.

On Wednesday October 9th, HuJo will host a lunchtime seminar  on Digital Humanities and Journalism in collaboration with the Moore Institute. The event will be hosted at the Moore Institute in NUI Galway and is the first of the Autumn/Winter series of the  Digital Scholarship Seminars. The aim of the seminar is  to showcase the work of INSIGHT @NUIGalway (formerly DERI) in Digital Humanities and Journalism, and to provide a vision of future collaborations between technology and humanities researchers.

Digital Humanities includes digitisation, preservation, access and discovery for cultural, historical, iconographic data and corpora. This data can range from contemporary film to digitised manuscripts. Helping archivists to index, link, and contextualise material, opens up our cultural legacy for personalised story-telling, new discoveries and connections.

Digital journalism can mean many things from print material published on the web to highly interactive forms of online journalism both sourced and published over the Internet via social media. The HuJo team is working on a number of Digital Journalism projects including the Social Semantic Journalism project, which aims to use semantic web technologies to help journalists use social media more effectively in the process of newsgathering and production.

Researchers at INSIGHT @NUIGalway are engaging with stakeholders and collaborators in the development of data analytic and social and semantic technologies to produce innovative solutions to real-world challenges with industrial and Cultural Institution partners.

The speakers will demonstrate how humanities researchers can benefit from collaboration with INSIGHT’s semantic web experts, citing examples from previous collaborations and potential future projects, as follows:

Professor Stefan Decker, Director of INSIGHT @NUIGalway
From Digital Enterprise to INSIGHT

DERI has been in the past focused on creating Network Knowledge – we believe this is still a promising technology for Digital Humanities, which can help with many research topics. In the next period INSIGHT, a national research centre combining the strength of 5 separate centres, is going beyond DERI by combining technologies from major ICT centres. In my presentation I give an overview over the capabilities in Galway, but also also will present what is available within the INSIGHT centre. INSIGHT is currently developing a Digital Humanities strand – the results from this workshop can influence which direction this will take.

Dr. Sandra Collins, Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland
Digital Repository of Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is an interactive national trusted digital repository for contemporary and historical, social and cultural data held by Irish institutions, providing online access, discovery and preservation. In addition to the national digital infrastructure, DRI works to raise awareness of the need and benefits of digital preservation and open access, while respecting ownership, rights, privacy and confidentiality. DRI seeks to share best practices with the community to enable cost savings and improved standards of preservation and access, and to inform national policy for digital preservation and access.

Dr. Bahareh Heravi, Team leader of Digital Humanities & Journalism at INSIGHT @NUIGalway
Future Newsrooms and Civic Journalism

The consumers of news and information are no longer passive and isolated consumers. Smart phones, digital cameras, mobile internet and social media platforms have made us all broadcasters of information. We consume information from traditional news sources, but also through social media platforms. We form communities to inform one another, we comment, we coordinate, and we disseminate. This ubiquity of new technologies has made it more likely than ever that an individual or a community, not a professional journalist, will be the initial source of information for a breaking news event. In my presentation I give an overview of how we see a future newsroom would look like and present ‘Social Semantic Journalism’ framework, which is aimed at assisting journalists in the process of newsgathering and production from social media.

Professor Siegfried Handschuh, Stream leader at INSIGHT @NUIGalway / Dr. Brian Davis, Research Associate at INSIGHT @NUIGalway
Quick and Dirty Examples of Text Analytics Applications for Digital Humanities

Open source tools for Text Analytics have matured to a point where they are now poised to deliver predictable and accurate cost-effect solutions. Furthermore, such tools have become more accessible and usable for non experts seeking to exploit such tools for their own research endeavours. This presentation will describe the capabilities of such tools with respect to Digital Humanities.  The presentation is aimed at non experts such as literary academics, scholars, journalists and and archivists who are interested in gaining a clearer understanding of how existing tools can be exploited.

Dr. Paul Buitelaar, Stream leader at INSIGHT @NUIGalway
Towards Extracting Author Networks from Secondary Literature

This work is concerned with a text mining application for the extraction of female author networks from secondary literature on English and Irish writers.

Using Semantic Similarity on Poetic Corpora

In this work we are concerned with the automatic comparison of poems by nineteenth-century authors Lord Byron and Thomas Moore. For this purpose a so-called ‘distributional semantics’ algorithm is trained on a data set of nineteenth-century poems in order to automatically indentify any significant semantic similarity in segments of a set of poems by above authors. The literary research question we investigate here is if any evidence for stylistic influence by Lord Byron on Thomas Moore can be established.

The event is free and open to public.


INSIGHT @NUIGalway (formerly DERI)

INSIGHT Galway (DERI) is a cutting-edge Semantic Web and Linked Data research centre and the largest and most reputable in the field worldwide. The INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics is a joint initiative between researchers at NUI Galway, University College Dublin, University College Cork and Dublin City University, as well as other partner institutions. It brings together a critical mass of more than 200 researchers from Ireland’s leading ICT centres to develop a new generation of data analytics technologies in a number of key application areas.

INSIGHT’s Digital Humanities and Journalism group is a multidisciplinary effort aiming to bundle research and development activities around news and journalism, media, digital humanities and social sciences with social media and semantic web technologies, which are INSIGHT Galway’s core strengths. The groups collaborates media organisations and academic partners in the field to study, create, design, deploy, and assess tools and practices in Digital Humanities, media and journalism.

The event is free and open to public.

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