DH Champion Dr Alana Piper delivers workshop on ‘Building Research Project Websites’ and ‘Timelines, Storymaps and Network Analysis’

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Digital HASS Champion, Dr Alana Piper from the University of Technology Sydney, recently delivered a two-day workshop at the Faculty of Education and Arts at The University of Newcastle. 

Hosted by the Centre for 21st Century Humanities, the workshop allowed participants to examine the uses and challenges of blogging about research and how to build a research website using WordPress.

Topics covered on day one included: choosing your hosting platform, search engine optimisation and must-have plugins. The second half of the workshop introduced participants to the methods and debates about crowdsourcing research; that is using volunteers or members of the public to perform research tasks like transcribing historical records. 

Different options for utilising such ‘citizen science’ or ‘citizen history’ approaches were outlined. Participants were then shown how they can set up a citizen science project using the open-source platform Zooniverse.

Day two introduced participants to some easy-to-use tools for visualising humanities data. The first half of the workshop focused on the types of visualisations that can be used to convey a narrative about temporal data and explored some of the critical thinking around timeline visualisations. 

Alana has a great deal of practical experience in digital humanities having worked on digital history projects The Prosecution Project, Criminal Characters, and edits the Australian Women’s History Network Blog.


For more about Alana’s workshop and The Centre for 21st Century Humanities, head to their homepage here.