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A New Look for UC QuakeStudies

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The UC Arts Digital Lab is excited to announce the launch of a new and improved UC QuakeStudies earthquake research repository.

QuakeStudies, the University of Canterbury’s major contribution to the CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquakes Digital Archive, contains photographs, documents, videos, audio recordings, media articles, and other material relating to the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes. Each item in the repository is accompanied by high-quality human-curated metadata such as descriptions, geolocations, and dates and times, offering rich datasets for researchers from a range of disciplines to draw on.

The project to update the QuakeStudies online platform was undertaken by the UC Arts Digital Lab in collaboration with local open source technologists Catalyst IT. The new QuakeStudies platform, built on the Islandora digital repository system, boasts enhanced searchability, improved document viewing tools, and a cleaner, more user-friendly layout offering greater navigability.

UC Arts Digital Lab Director, Professor Paul Millar, launches the new-look QuakeStudies

A launch event was held in the UC Arts City Location in the Arts Centre’s old Chemistry building last week, and was attended by representatives of the CEISMIC consortium from Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Museum and Christchurch City Libraries, contributors to the archive, and UC researchers keen to hear how the new QuakeStudies can assist them in their research.

The Arts Digital Lab hopes researchers will find the new platform easier to search for, view, and download content that is of interest to them. Additionally, much of the content housed in QuakeStudies has been released under Creative Commons licenses, making it easier for researchers to reuse content in their own work.

PhD student Sionainn Byrnes talks about how she is using QuakeStudies material in her research

Researchers interested in exploring the breadth of content in QuakeStudies are encouraged to discuss their needs with Arts Digital Lab staff.  With around 150,000 items in the repository, of which 12,000 are available only to approved researchers, the Lab team can help guide you to the content that will be most useful for your research.

Six years on from the initial launch of UC QuakeStudies in 2012 the repository is still going strong, and it continues to grow and receive new content. This new upgrade ensures that the ongoing preservation of digital archival materials relating to the earthquakes will continue long into the future.

Photographs by Samuel Hope (Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 NZ)

The Canterbury Roll Symposium

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As well as the discussions and presentations, the symposium gave us an opportunity to examine the Roll in person.

Last Friday, staff and students involved in the Canterbury Roll project, along with a team from Nottingham Trent University here to do a scientific analysis on the Roll, met for a symposium to discuss progress so far and our next steps.

Natasha Hodgson of Nottingham Trent University talks about some of the Roll’s features.

 

Chris Thomson discusses the significance of the Digital Edition, and the work the Arts Digital Lab has been doing.

We had some great presentations from the various people involved in the project: everything from the project’s lead transcriber, Maree Shirota, talking about how the Roll fits into the larger picture of medieval genealogies, to Haida Laing of Nottingham Trent talking about how her team use the latest imaging technologies to discover the secrets of ancient documents and artworks.  Even our Arts Digital Lab interns, Josh Kim and Jayson Boon, gave a presentation, talking about the work they’re doing marking up in TEI the connections between historical figures on the Roll.

An important part of the symposium was a round-table discussion of the next stages for the project – watch this space!

 

Jayson Boon and Josh Kim answer questions about their markup work

End-of-Year Digital Humanities Meetup Get-Together

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Please join us as we review highlights from the year and look toward next year. We will have refreshments, so you can enjoy a chat and give us feedback on what topics you’d like to see in future. There will also be a showcase of some of the Arts Digital Lab’s recent projects that you won’t want to miss.

Where: Puaka-James Hight Library, Room 388

When: Tuesday 14 November, 3-5 pm

Crowdsourcing the Macdonald Dictionary

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If you’re a UC student interested in Digital Humanities, you might like to help us out with the Macdonald Dictionary crowdsourcing project, a feminist public history project being developed by Canterbury Museum and UC.

The project is transcribing names from handwritten index cards that document the biographies of European settlers in Canterbury. We aim to record the names of the women and children who are mostly absent from the collection’s existing metadata. There are over 12,000 cards, so it’s a pretty significant task!

You can participate by dropping in to the UC Arts Digital Lab (Rm 414 in Karl Popper) between now and 10 November, 10:00am – 3:00pm. All you need to do is read and transcribe names from a brief handwritten text, then answer a few questions about the process. It’s fun! So, take a break from exam study, nab some Whittaker’s chocolate as a reward, and–most importantly–help us better understand our local history by bringing women out of the shadows.

If you have any questions, please email Antoine at antoine.landrieu@canterbury.ac.nz

Canterbury Westland Regional Digital Forum 2017

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Last week we attended the Canterbury Westland Regional Digital Forum, held at the Halswell Library.  As well as being a valuable forum for discussing regional issues and sharing our latest projects with our colleagues across the sector, the day presented an opportunity for our Digital Projects Specialist, Antoine Landrieu, to show off his video editing skills, producing this short film about our day:

Digital Humanities Honours Information Session

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Are you interested in studying Digital Humanities as part of your honours year in 2018? Come along to our information session to find out more about Digital Humanities, the DIGI honours courses available, and how you can combine Digital Humanities with other Arts subjects.

Where: Karl Popper 612
When: 2-3pm, Wednesday 11 October

You are also welcome to contact the Digital Humanities Programme Coordinator Dr Chris Thomson for more information: christopher.thomson@canterbury.ac.nz

Digital Humanities Meetup: Online Collections & Exhibitions

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You’re invited to our 4th Digital Humanities monthly meetup: “Online Collections & Exhibitions: An Introduction to Omeka”.

When: Tuesday 30 May, 3-5 pm

Where: Puaka-James Hight Library Building, Room 388

Omeka (https://omeka.org/about/) is a free, open-source web publishing platform for the display of collections and exhibitions. It’s used by libraries, museums, archives, scholars and communities around the world – including students and researchers here at UC, with the support of the UC Arts Digital Lab.

Staff from the Lab will showcase two key Lab projects that demonstrate the power and versatility of Omeka, and will walk participants through setting up a simple Omeka site. You’ll get the most out of this workshop if you bring your own laptop with VirtualBox (https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads) installed. If you don’t have a laptop, you’ll still be able to follow along on the main screen, or by pairing up with someone J

If you’d like help installing VirtualBox, feel free to drop into the UC Digital Arts Lab (Karl Popper 414) any day between 9-5pm, before Tuesday 30th.

Digital Humanities Meetup #3: Internet Memes

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When: 26 April 2017, 3.00 – 5.00 pm

Where: UC Puaka-James Hight Library Building, Room 388

The 3rd Digital Humanities monthly meetup is entitled “Internet Memes: The crumbling boundaries between the serious and the unserious”.

The study of Internet memes is new both as concept and practice. This is largely due to the novelty of the concept itself, as well as the academic resistance against the serious study of the unserious. But the boundary between the serious and unserious is crumbling, and cyberculturally literate scholars have emerged to tackle the task of studying memes.

This presentation will explore the three major traditions of meme studies in their historical, theoretical and cultural contexts, introducing the most prominent thinkers and how they are shaping the future of meme studies. The presentation will be followed by a workshop in which participants will learn how to start their own memepage on Facebook. A laptop or a smartphone is recommended for the workshop, but not required.

As always, feel free to invite others and we look forward to seeing you!