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Category: Digital Humanities

Preservation, presentation, and possibility: oral histories in a complex age

On Saturday, 10 June 2017, I was invited to give the keynote at Oral History Victoria’s symposium ‘Oral history in a digital age‘. This post is an edited version of that talk. A little over a hundred years ago, the ethnographer and anthropologist Frances Densmore sat down with the Blackfoot chief, Mountain Chief. She was […]

40 Years of Museum Computing: a Timeline JS experiment

Humanities in Public is an initiative by Digital Fabulists, described as “the first step towards nurturing a community of researchers who are skilled communicators using cutting-edge tools to blow stuff up (metaphorically, of course).” We kicked off last week, with a session looking at a few basic tools for producing maps, timelines, digital narratives, presentations, […]

Physical office, digital outhouse

On Thursday 23 July I attended New directions in making history at the State Library of Victoria, part of the Making public histories seminar series. After the presentations the discussion was opened up to the floor. The first contribution (which was taken as a comment) came from an audience member who seemed to have a deep distrust […]

Newspapers the old-fashioned way [#blogjune 11]

Thanks to all those who read my post yesterday, on skills for digital historians. Today, I want to briefly touch on another aspect of the increasingly digital world. I heard in our meeting yesterday that a history academic asked a room full of students how many had gone to the library and consulted books as […]

Skills for digital historians [#blogjune 10]

Today, three archivists (I was one) and three historians met to discuss what skills and resources were important when teaching a capstone history subject – not as part of a dedicated ‘digital humanities’ course, but as a necessary introduction to the digital aspects of their discipline. Here are some of the things we came up […]

Drinking about digital humanities [#blogjune 4]

All the work I’m involved in is collaborative. But day to day, working in a large institution on funded projects, sometimes under-resourced, often working toward tight deadlines, it’s rarely easy to find the time for just catching up with a cross-section of people with similar interests. Attending the recent Digital Humanities Australasia 2014 conference in Perth […]