“No matter how digital humanities is defined, the development of research agendas encompasses the planning, organizing, motivating, and use of finite resources to achieve a greater understanding of the humanities and the human condition. DevDH.org provides the intellectual and strategic scaffolding to aid researchers in successfully completing their research endeavors. Responding to the increasing number of first-time digital humanists who are initiating projects, as well as the growing mandate from Universities and Colleges to undertake digital humanities-based research and teaching, DevDH introduces a series of resources to aid those who might be seeking assistance.
DevDH.org is the brainchild of Simon Appleford and Jennifer Guiliano, who collectively have over a decade working in digital humanities project development, management, and grant writing. DevDH (or develop DH) was built to respond to the growing demand for digital humanities training in that area but also as an online repository of training materials, lectures, exemplars, and links that offer best practices to beginner, intermediate, and advanced digital humanists. As a visitor to the site, you’ll have access to a number of presentations, guides, and examples that we’ve created or selected for their contribution to digital humanities as a discipline.”
- 3.1 million people (mid 2011).
- The main urban areas are Cardiff (346,100), Swansea (239,000) and Newport (145,700).
- About 1 in 20 of the UK population live in Wales.
- The total land surface of Wales comprises nearly 2.1 million hectares, of which some 80 per cent is devoted to agriculture.
- Life expectancy from birth in Wales is 78.2 years for males and 82.2 years for females (2010-12).5
- Just over 52 per cent of local authority municipal waste was prepared for reuse, recycling or composting in 2012-13.8
- 1,656 maintained schools, and approx 465,000 pupils. More than 500 schools teach through the medium of Welsh.
- There were nearly 129,000 enrolments at higher education institutions in Wales in 2012/13.
- In 2013 there were 9.5 million sheep and lambs about one quarter of the UK total.
- There were around 35,200 babies born in 2012.
- Around one fifth of the population of Wales say they can speak Welsh.
- There were 9.6 million domestic UK tourist trips to Wales in 2012.
Need data on Wales?
Wales Government: http://wales.gov.uk/statistics-and-research/?lang=en
Data Unit Wales: http://www.dataunitwales.gov.uk/data
Stats Wales: https://statswales.wales.gov.uk/Catalogue
Census 2011: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census/key-statistics-for-unitary-authorities-in-wales/stb-2011-census-key-statistics-for-wales.html
|National Library of Wales [photo by Dylan Moore]|
Which will stand the test of time?
- Library (English) from librarium (Latin) – a chest for books.
- Llyfrgell (Welsh) – from Latin a cell for books.
- Bibliotheka – from Ancient Greek to Latin. Biblio- (from Byblos a port in today’s Lebanon from where papyrus was imported to Greece) and -theke ( from Greek tithemi – to place or put).
We lost, in Middle English, bochus (from Old English) – a house for books.
In these digital days, do we need a place to store books, or a place to ‘put’ them. Printing a character on wood or paper seems quite similar to storing or ‘printing’ our digital data on magnetic or optical media – but we don’t think of it like that very often and we can’t see it without machines to translate back into our own languages. Our digital vaults (computer machine rooms) are more like the libraries of old – sealed, protected places where only the authorized may wander.
What about a digitheke – or is that the world-wide-web as we know it? The loss of the bibliothecary seems a shame, but lives on in the twittersphere – of course (@bibliothecary)
Huw Bowen’s suggestions for sustainable Welsh History:
The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide. Founded in November 2006 under the auspices of the Finnish European Presidency, the network has grown in ‘waves’ up to this day. To this date, 8 Waves have been launched, resulting in 370 accepted Living Labs. The ENoLL international non-profit association, as the legal representative entity of the network, is headquartered in Brussels, at the heart of Europe.
Future Everything Festival (link)
Turing an eye to crime: South Wales Police crime data.
Cytoscape layout of crime data
Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0. UK Crime data
Swansea University‘s Centre on Digital Arts and Humanities was founded in summer 2014.
CODAH aims to deepen links and share knowledge between staff and students in Arts and Humanities and Computing (and other disciplines), in terms of research, teaching, public impact, resourcing and strategy.
|Hafod and Morfa Copperworks from White Rock Image Credit|
If anyone has not become aware of the work of the Welsh Copper project then a trawl through some of the information available from it may be in order. Cu@Swansea has gathered huge momentum over the last few years, building on the innovative regeneration work begun in the 80’s, and aiming now to create a heritage hub and industry, with space for people to enjoy and share. “It’s really copper that lies at the heart of Wales’ development as an industrial nation” says Professor Huw Bowen at Swansea University, and it is this project that is bringing the global world of Welsh Copper back to life.
The project website, among many other interesting things, includes a bibliography, powered by Zotero, for copper related research material, and it is this use of Zotero to provide open access, online bibliographies that is a nice example of simple digital technologies that can enhance projects.