On Thursday October 8th 2015, NLeSC welcomed scientists and researchers from all disciplines to the Amsterdam ArenA for the 3rd National eScience Symposium. In the Humanities & Social Sciences track, Oana Inel gave a talk on the Dive+ project , entitled “Open, Connected & Smart Heritage: Towards New Cultural Commons with DIVE+”. This project is supported by the Netherlands eScience Center, and uses CrowdTruth for crowdsourcing events and event-related concepts in historical, cultural heritage data. The talk can be seen below.
Throughout November and December DIVE+ will star in the minor Digital Humanities, specifically in the course Digital Hermeneutics and Visualisation. The minor is a collaboration of both UvA and VU, in which the focus is put on computational approaches in humanities research. The course focusses on the history and practice of Digital Hermeneutics; students will learn to analyse different techniques to present digital data and search results.
During the course the students will use DIVE+ as an example for creating a visualisation of a narrative. They will also evaluate DIVE+, the results of this will be used in a master’s thesis by Annemarie on the usability of DIVE in an educational setting.
Digital Humanities Crash Course
On October 21 Victor hosted a demonstration of DIVE during the Digital Humanities Crash Course at UvA. Approximately 20 participants from different disciplines, mostly humanities, joined the demo. The participants got the opportunity to get a feel for DIVE by playing around with it, and searching for their own preferred research subject.
After exploring DIVE, the participants were asked to fill in a short questionnaire of which we will analyse the results shortly. This evaluation will give us some early feedback on the tool which can be used in further development of the project and in Annemarie’s thesis.
Today, 25th September 2015, Guus Schreiber gave a talk at the “Semantic Digital Humanities” Workshop at St. John’s College, Oxford, UK. Guus shared experiences and lessons learned from using semantics in a number of cultural heritage projects, e.g. MultimediaN eCulture, CHIP, CHOICE, Agora, etc. He also showed how they impact the advancement of digital humanities field.
In this digital cultural heritage project, we provide innovative access to heritage objects from heterogeneous online collections. We use historical events and event narratives as a context both for searching and browsing as well as for the presentation of individual and group of objects. Semantics from existing collection vocabularies and linked data vocabularies are used to link objects and the events, people, locations and concepts that are depicted or associated with those objects. An innovative interface allows for browsing this network of data in an intuitive fashion. The main focus in DIVE is to provide support to (1) digital humanities scholars and (2) general audience in their online explorations.