The London Digital Humanities Group

The London Digital Humanities Group consists of early career scholars involved in the creation of digital resources. It aims to provide a forum in which to discuss how new digital technologies can open new avenues of research in the arts and humanities. The group will also serve a practical function by enabling its members to discuss the planning, funding, progress, and afterlife of a range of digital projects, such as the creation of online databases, electronic editions, and topographical resources.

It will meet a few times each semester to hear a seminar-like presentation about a given project, followed by questions and discussion, and aims to attract participants from across a range of disciplines who are involved in the different aspects of digital humanities production (content development, web design, database programming, etc). Postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers currently involved in implementing digital projects are particularly welcome.

The first meeting will take place in the Lock-keepers Cottage, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary, University of London on Tuesday 19 January 2010 at 5pm. Tim Hitchcock (University of Hertfordshire) and Robert Shoemaker (University of Sheffield), the directors of the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, will talk about:

Connected Histories: New Methodologies for Searching Distributed Electronic Sources

This paper will introduce two new projects which will facilitate integrated searching of diverse datasets. The first, Plebeian Lives and the Making of Modern London, incorporates manuscript records from several London archives, the Old Bailey Proceedings, and historical datasets from the former AHDS, while the second, in partnership with the Institute of Historical Research, will create a federated search engine for over a dozen major electronic resources in British History, 1500-1900, including British History Online, EEBO, ECCO, the Burney Collection, and the Parliamentary Papers.

All are welcome to attend. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Simon Dixon. It would be helpful if you could outline your area of interest, and indicate if you are involved in a digital project you would like to present to the group. Participants are encouraged to join the group’s online forum. The London Digital Humanities Group is supported by the Graduate School, Queen Mary, University of London, and the convenors are Rosemary Dixon, Simon Dixon, Kyle Roberts (all Queen Mary, University of London), Inga Jones (Sussex)

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