How To Vandalise Wikipedia – a talk by NZ Wikipedian at Large,17 May 2019

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Did you hear about the young farmer from Dannevirke who got his name added to a Wikipedia list of mythical Japanese monsters, and it ended up appearing in a board game? Stories like this make it seem like Wikipedia’s easy to vandalise; how much can we trust it? How do we detect hoaxes? If we were sociopathic enough to want to get false information into the encyclopaedia and make it stick, what would we need to know? New Zealand Wikipedian at Large Dr Mike Dickison has been travelling the country encouraging the public to improve the accuracy of Wikipedia, but in this one-off exclusive talk he’ll turn things around and reveal the grubby world of making it less accurate.

Date: Fri 17 May

Time: 1:00–2:00

Venue: A1 lecture theatre

From Popper to Ruby Rose: image copyrights in the age of Wikipedia – a talk by NZ Wikipedian at Large, 7 June 2019

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Do you need permission to film a mural? Who owns the copyright for Popper’s passport photo? How do you get a photo into Wikipedia? Is museum taxidermy art, and can you legally photograph it? What is copyfraud? New Zealand Wikipedian at Large Dr Mike Dickison will talk about how we can share our photographs and protect artists’ rights, in an age where everyone has a camera in their pocket and reproduction costs nothing.

Date: Friday 7 June

Time: 12.00-1.00

Venue: A3 lecture theatre

Digital Humanities Meetup: Red Zone Stories

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When: Thursday, 15th November, 3-4pm
Where: Spark Place, Community Level 1, Tūranga

Join us for a seminar on Red Zone Stories, an app developed by the UC Arts Digital Lab to record and share community stories about past and possible future spaces in the Residential Red Zone.

In this session the Arts Digital Lab team will give an overview of the project and invite members to download and try an early version of the app.* The idea of this session is to encourage people to start contributing their stories, connections to, or thoughts about the Red Zone.

* this app is currently only available on Android devices, but we do have a website version that those without an Android device can use.

** As this is a Human Ethics approved project, you will need to agree to and sign a consent form before contributing material to the app/website.

Digital Humanities Meetup: Methods for Parsing Spatial and Temporal Data

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When: 3-5pm, 11th October

Where: Poutama Room 388, Puaka-James Hight Library, University of Canterbury

Dr Ben Adams (UC Geography)

“A massive amount of geographic (spatial) and historical (temporal) information exists in document collections online and in libraries. Because these datasets are often too large to annotate by hand, computational tools are required. In this session, we will discuss some existing geoparsing and temporal parsing tools that can be used to automate this process for textual documents. We will look at a variety of options, including web services and open source software. The tools are getting better but they are still error-prone, so we will also highlight some issues to keep an eye out for when using them.”