Tinker at the Digital Humanities PhD Intensive at the University of Melbourne

Published by Katy McHugh on

An important part of the work underway via the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Lab (HASS DEVL) is our commitment to developing the digital research skills and knowledge of Graduate Researchers.

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne recently ran a PhD Intensive, which included a fantastic session on β€˜Digital Literacies for the 21st Century Doctorate’, in which the HASS DEVL (Tinker) took part.

In the opening session, Graduate Researchers heard from Professor Rachel Fensham (Assistant Dean – Digital Studio), who gave an overview of Digital Literacy for PhD research. Dr Tyne Daile Sumner (Research Fellow, University of Melbourne and HASS DEVL project) then provided a short history of Digital Humanities, its uses and where it’s heading next. Then Associate Professor Scott Wright (Media and Communications, University of Melbourne), reflected on the use of digital methods in research: which ones work well, what kinds of skills are required and how these tools and approaches are articulated in research publications.

Following this introductory session, the PhD students then attended a digital research showcase in the Digital Studio. In this session, students moved freely through the Digital Studio space and were able to drop in and out of a range of digital HASS sessions, including:

  • Melbourne Urban Directories: Putting People in Place (presented by Ross Karavis)
  • Upgrade the Classics & Archaeology Virtual Museum (presented by Gemma Lee and Sophie Russell)
  • War Worlds and the Evolution of Australian English (presented by Dr Daniel Russo-Batterham)
  • Execution Ballads of Pre-Modern Europe (presented by Julianne Bell)
  • Inhabiting the Archive (presented by Andrew Fuhrmann)
  • Text analysis using NLTK (presented by Kim Doyle)
  • Tinker and the HASS DEVL project (presented by Dr Tyne Daile Sumner)

These sessions canvassed an incredibly wide range of skills, topics and research interests.

PhD students interested in digital Humanities and data-driven research were able to learn about topics such as:

  • Processing and correcting OCR data
  • Challenges with the data capture process and describing OCR errors
  • Undertaking analysis of legacy collections, such as the Virtual Museum
  • Generating 3D models using photogrammetry
  • Language analysis and visualisations using Python
  • Fuzzy string matching algorithms
  • Machine learning models to identify words with semantic or contextual links
  • Cleaning and structuring data for an online exhibition
  • Developing and customising an Omeka site
  • Developing content-rich visualisations
  • Preparing digital archives of digitised material
  • Digital HASS tools and methods
  • Resources available through the Tinker website

Stay tuned for lots of more exciting collaborations between the Digital Studio and The HASS DEVL project in the future!