October 27, 2016
by Emma Cockburn

Digital Scholarship Seminar: Findr: Speed-Dating for Digital Research Collaborations

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Wednesday 7 December 2016, 12-2pm

Informatics Forum (room TBC)



Humanities and social science researchers with treasure troves of data, and computer scientists looking for compelling research questions to address computationally: it’s a meeting of minds with significant potential for interesting joint projects. But finding the perfect match can be extremely difficult, especially for early-career researchers who have not yet had the chance to build extensive professional networks.

This event seeks to address this problem using a speed-dating format, to enable researchers with complementary interests and research problems to find each other efficiently and identify whether a collaboration is feasible. It is aimed especially at MSc students in the School of Informatics who are seeking a dissertation topic, and at humanities researchers who have ideas for digital projects but who need help with the data analysis and other computational aspects. Participants from all levels across Informatics and CAHSS are welcome, however, including students who are interested in paid RA work, and those who do not necessarily have a project in mind but would just like to come and get some ideas while listening to others scope out potential collaborators.

Participants will be asked to fill out a brief profile beforehand, describing their research interests and expertise, and will then be matched with one or more potential collaborators, and given time to speak together, as well as to other attendees. There will be follow-on resources available, including the chance to apply for seed funding for potential projects.

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016
Time: 12-2pm
Venue: Informatics Forum (room TBC)

Lunch will be provided, and booking is essential. To reserve a place, email Helen Bradley & Emma Cockburn at digitalscholarship@ed.ac.uk with your name, department/school, and a paragraph outlining why you are interested in attending the event by 14 November 2016.


Richard Mayr (Informatics), Anouk Lang (LLC) and Helen Bradley & Emma Cockburn (CAHSS Digital Scholarship)

October 27, 2016
by Emma Cockburn

Digital Scholarship Seminar: Digital Lifehacks for the Busy Academic

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Come along to hear four academics talk about the digital hacks, tips and tricks they use to save time with research, teaching, admin and life in general. The format will be lightning talks with quick demos: we want to get through a lot in the space of an hour. There will be refreshments, and the chance to find out about further digital research training opportunities.

No technical knowledge is required, though participants are welcome to bring a laptop to try things out as we go along.


Dr Jeremy Knox (Digital Education)
Dr Anouk Lang (English Literature)
Dr Lisa Otty (EDINA)
Dr Aaron Pelttari (Classics)

Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Room 1.12, 1st floor, Main Library

Refreshments will be provided. No booking is required, but for catering purposes please RSVP to Helen Bradley & Emma Cockburn at digitalscholarship@ed.ac.uk.

October 27, 2016
by Emma Cockburn

Spectral Imaging and Material History:  A Digital Archive of David Livingstone’s Exploration of Africa

Original item held by National Library of Scotland.We have an exciting opportunity to hear directly from the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project  who are visiting Edinburgh to share insights into this international digital humanities collaboration to apply advanced imaging technology to the study of the manuscript of Victorian Explorer David Livingstone.

This talk would be of interest to nineteenth-century scholars in literature, history, divinity, history of science, anthropology; librarians and archivists; history of the book scholars; postcolonial scholars; digital humanists;  and anyone interested in using digital technologies to address historical or cultural questions.

Previously featured in a National Geographic documentary, the project has now concluded its second phase of research (2013-16) and members of the team including scholars and scientists will present on the results. The first phase (2010-13) confirmed that spectral imaging could be applied to recover faded, illegible text in some of David Livingstone’s most damaged texts. In the new phase, the team takes the technology in a new direction: to study the material history of Livingstone’s 1870 Field Diary in order to understand its passage across space, time, and different hands. This talk will discuss the image processing techniques applied to the diary, how those techniques have helped recovered the lost material history of the diary, and the implications of this work for digital archives more broadly.

The presentation will include an exploration of the primary interventions the project is making into the digital humanities and postcolonial studies; an overview of the multispectral image processes used to examine three main research areas: inks, staining, and folds and impressions; and a Q&A session with some key members of the project team.

The international team:   

Dr. Adrian S. Wisnicki is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a faculty fellow of the university’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. His research focuses on the digital humanities, Victorian studies, and African studies. He directs Livingstone Online and the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the British Academy, and the Modern Humanities Research Association.

Dr. Megan Ward is an assistant professor of English at Oregon State University and Associate Director of Livingstone Online. She specializes in digital archives, material histories, technology studies, and Victorian realism, and is completing a book project titled Human Reproductions: Victorian Realist Character and Artificial Intelligence. She co-directs both Livingstone Online and the Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project.

Dr. Roger Easton has been on the faculty of the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science of the Rochester Institute of Technology since 1986, where he teaches courses in imaging mathematics and optics. Since the mid 1990s, his research interests have focused on imaging tools for historical objects, primarily manuscripts. He was head of the imaging team for the Archimedes Palimpsest project and been a member of the teams for the David Livingstone Diaries, the Martellus World Map, and the palimpsests at St. Catherine’s Monastery.

Dr. Keith Knox is an imaging scientist with the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL). He has 40 years experience in conducting research in scanning, printing and astronomical image processing. Keith retired in 2015 to focus his efforts on the imaging and recovery of cultural heritage information from historical documents and artifacts.

Register for this free event here.

Contact Helen Bradley and Emma Cockburn at digitalscholarship@ed.ac.uk with any queries.

October 13, 2016
by Emma Cockburn

Workshop: Getting Started with Zotero

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Wednesday 26 October 2016, 3.30-5pm

Computer lab 1.01, 50 George Square


Zotero is a free, user-friendly tool for managing bibliographic references designed by scholars for scholars. It can import citations from library catalogues, databases and regular webpages with a single click. It is easily searchable and comes with a free Word plugin that allows you to insert individual references and bibliographies into Word documents, automatically formatted in the bibliographic style of your choice. Zotero also enables you to share your citation libraries with other users, which is useful for collaborative projects, and to access your references through a web interface when you are away from your own machine. If you already use reference management software (eg. EndNote), you may still find it useful to know how to use Zotero, especially if you are likely to lose institutional access to EndNote at some point (for example if you are a PG student who will eventually graduate and who doesn’t want to pay the hefty EndNote licence fee).

All staff and postgraduates are welcome, the workshop  is designed for those who have never used Zotero before.

Date: Wednesday 26 October 2016
Time: 3.30-5pm
Place: Computer lab 1.01, 50 George Square
Bring: Your own laptop, if desired (though those without laptops can use lab PCs)
Sign up at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-getting-started-with-zotero-wed-26-oct-2016-330-5pm-tickets-28540578639

October 6, 2016
by Helen Bradley

Digital Scholarship Seminar: TEI

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New digital technologies and markup tools have provided humanities researchers with exciting opportunities for engaging with texts in a variety of new ways.

This seminar will give an introduction to TEI markup – the scholarly standard for XML markup, widely used for digital scholarly editions – and will demonstrate how completed TEI documents can be transformed and displayed.


Dr Roxana Preda (LLC) is working on a project of great magnitude: a digital edition of Ezra Pound’s The Cantos, a poem in 116 sections. The platform is now operational and is developing into a major reference for the annotated text, sources and secondary literature on the poem.

David Oulton (CAHSS Web Team) is a Senior Web Content Officer and is interested in using combinations of emerging technology – including geo-mapping, dynamic data and immersive panoramas – to find fresh ways of bringing research and information to the public.


Date: Thursday 20 October 2016
Time: 1pm-2pm
Venue: Room 1.12, 1st floor, Main Library
Participants should bring their own laptops to work, on as no PCs are available, and install a free trial version of oXygen from here prior to the seminar. A list of relevant materials can be found here.

Refreshments will be provided. No booking is required, but for catering purposes please RSVP to Helen Bradley & Emma Cockburn at digitalscholarship@ed.ac.uk

September 29, 2016
by Emma Cockburn

International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources


International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources

Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation

Kelvin Hall, 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow

Mon 12 Dec 2016, 10:00 – Tue 13 Dec 2016, 17:00

Digital technologies are affecting all aspects of our lives, reshaping the way we communicate, learn, and approach the world around us. In the case of cultural institutions, digital applications are used in all key areas of operation, from documenting the collections, interpreting and exhibiting them to communicating with diverse audience groups. The symposium seeks to bring together interested parties from a range of disciplines (computing science, digital humanities, museology, social sciences), practices and sectors to set an agenda for research and discussion of the latest developments on the evaluation of the use of cultural digital resources.

This major event will take place within the recently reopened Kelvin Hall facilities. Aimed at both researchers and cultural heritage professionals, the event will provide an opportunity to bring together the main issues, questions and findings raised over the course of the Network’s previous activities.

More information about the ScotDigiCH network and the Symposium webpage can be found here.

Call for papers

Proposals are currently being sought for 20-minute papers to be delivered during the symposium. We invite presentations and discussions of both theoretical and practical approaches, efforts and trends in this emergent field. The deadline for submission is October 7 2016 and further details can be found here.


In addition to a full two-day programme of papers, the symposium will feature a public lecture by Dr Mark O’Neill, Director for Policy and Research at Glasgow Life, on Monday, December 12. This will be followed by an Open Night dedicated to exploring the digital collections available in the new state-of-the-art collections research facilities at Kelvin Hall, one of Glasgow’s iconic landmarks


Attending the symposium is free of charge but participants, including confirmed presenters, will need to register here.

Travel Bursaries for Early Career Researchers/Professionals and Students

A limited number of travel bursaries are available to postgraduate students and early-career researchers to facilitate their participation at the workshop. For more information please contact ScotDigiCH@gmail.com.

September 1, 2016
by Emma Cockburn

Matthew Wilkens: Quantitative Methods Masterclass and Public Lecture

Events: Quantitative methods masterclass in humanities research (19-21 September 2016; various times)
Public lecture on “Computation and Abundance: Quantitative Methods for Humanities Inquiry” (21 September; 17:30-18:30)

Purpose: To offer a broad overview of text-mining & text-analysis methods and demonstrate to humanities researchers the potential and achievements of quantitative methods. Upon completion of the training, participants will gain in confidence and creativity when considering quantitative methodologies for their own projects & will become contributors to and advocates of quantitative research.

Requirements: No experience or training required; participants to bring their own laptop to the workshops


Masterclass programme details

Venue information and times can be found here.

Register for the masterclass waiting list here.

Public lecture programme details

Venue information and times can be found here.

Register for the public lecture here.

Further information on both events can be found here.

A small number of £100 bursaries towards travel & accommodation expenses are still available. To apply contact Maria at the email address below.

Further queries: Maria.Filippakopoulou@ed.ac.uk

August 24, 2016
by Emma Cockburn

Geoforum 2016

GeoForum is a free event aimed at lecturers, researchers, postgraduate students and support staff who promote and support the use of maps and geo-data at their institution.

The event will cover current Jisc-funded and other developments at EDINA and in the wider community. There will be demonstrations and talks showcasing what can be achieved with maps and spatial data, recent progress and future developments with the Digimap service and more.

This is also an opportunity for you to give feedback on Jisc and EDINA services and discuss geospatial issues with the team and other geo-data experts. Jisc and EDINA are always keen to find out how they can better serve the geo-community, please join the event to share your views.

The event will provide opportunities to:

  • Get up-to-date with all the newest geo-datasets and services enhancements from EDINA.
  • Find out how site reps at other institutions are promoting and supporting the use of digital mapping and spatial services.
  • Learn about how Ordnance Survey create cartographic representations for their mapping products.
  • Meet representatives from partner organisations such as Ordnance Survey, Landmark Solutions.
  • Find out about GIS software from vendors such as Cadcorp.

Further information on the event programme can be found here.


Institute of Geography, The University of Edinburgh
Drummond Street


7 September 2016


10:00 – 16:15


Book your place here.

If you have any problems with the booking form or need any more information, please email: edina@ed.ac.uk


August 18, 2016
by Emma Cockburn

IS training courses for working with data

Information Services offer a wide range of courses to support digital skills development. Their current programme encompasses a variety of workshops on working with data, including:

  • Creating a Data Management Plan for your Grant Application (Wednesday 12-Oct-2016, 12:00 – 13:30)
  • Good Practice in Research Data Management (Friday 07-Oct-2016, 09:30 – 13:30)
  • Handling Data Management using SPSS (Monday 12-Sep-2016, 09:30 – 12:30; Monday 14-Nov-2016, 09:30 – 12:30)
  • Introduction to NVivo (Tuesday 27-Sep-2016, 09:30 – 12:30; Tuesday 01-Nov-2016, 09:30 – 12:30)
  • Introduction to Visualising Data in ArcGIS (Wednesday 28-Sep-2016, 14:00 – 17:00)
  • Introduction to Visualising Data in QGIS (Thursday 01-Dec-2016, 14:00 – 17:00)
  • Managing your research data: why is it important and what should you do? (Monday 10-Oct-2016, 11:30 – 13:00)
  • NVivo: Beyond the Basics – Queries (Monday 03-Oct-2016, 14:00 – 17:00; Monday 14-Nov-2016, 14:00 – 17:00)
  • Using EDINA Digimap (Wednesday 28-Sep-2016, 09:30 – 12:30; Thursday 01-Dec-2016, 09:30 – 12:30)
  • Working with personal and sensitive data (Friday 14-Oct-2016, 12:00 – 14:00)

All courses must be booked via the IS website. If you are unable to attend a course you have booked, you should cancel through the Event Booking channel. Attendance is recorded, and failure to attend without prior notice may affect your future bookings. For over-subscribed courses we frequently offer standby places to people on the waiting list, so please ensure you arrive in good time or your place may be reallocated as a standby.

Further information can be found here.


August 10, 2016
by Emma Cockburn

The Labour of Digital Scholarship Seminar

Organised by the Centre for Research in Digital Education, in partnership with College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science Digital Scholarship programme.

Karen Gregory, School of Social and Political Science, The University of Edinburgh
12 noon-2pm
23rd February 2017
Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

Open to all (lunch is provided courtesy of the Digital Scholarship programme)

Register for the event here

Digital platforms have given rise to new modes of scholarly communication. From individual scholarly blogs, shared digital research libraries, open online teaching, social media profiles, to Open Access university initiatives, contemporary academic labour is increasingly becoming digital labour. Drawing on work done in the fields of education, media studies, and cultural studies, this talk will offer a definition of academic digital labour in order to ask make visible the nature of this work, as well as to offer a theory of why such digital work is increasingly valuable in the University. I argue that digital labour is the unacknowledged thread that links disciplinary work, instructional and educational technologies, library services, and information technology to larger administrative visions and goals for restructuring the University. Such restructuring, however, also entails demands for decreased labour costs and docile labour, both of which have resulted in an increasingly contingent, precarious, and causalized University. As such, tracing the labour that makes digital scholarship possible enables us to chart new labour arrangements in the University, as well as ask larger and essential questions about the labour required to curate, sustain, and steward knowledge in a digital society.

About the speaker: Karen Gregory is a Lecturer in Digital Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. Her work explores the intersection of digital labor, affect, and contemporary spirituality, with an emphasis on the role of the laboring body. Karen is a founding member of CUNY Graduate Center’s Digital Labor Working Group and her writings have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Women and Performance, Visual Studies, Contexts, The New Inquiry, and Dis Magazine.

You can often find Karen online @claudiakincaid