The Digital Humanist: Open Resources, Shared Standards, Virtual Communities

7 Oct 2014

Mondays, Michaelmas Term (20 Oct - 24 Nov). 5.15 pm; Rees Davies Room, History Faculty, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2RL

All are welcome (no specialist knowledge required!), and all are warmly invited to stay for wine and chat after the paper.

Mon 20 Oct

Professor Melissa Terras (University College London): Transcribe Bentham:Sharing Labour, Sharing Platforms, Sharing Data

Mon 27 Oct

Dr Kathryn Eccles (University of Oxford): Looking into the Crowd: Understanding the Users of Digital Heritage Collections

Mon 10 Nov

Professor Sally Shuttleworth and Victoria Van Hyning (University of Oxford): Constructing Scientific Communities in the 19th and 21st Centuries: Science Periodicals and the Zooniverse

Mon 17 Nov

Professor Eero Hyvönen (Aalto University): Harmonising the Heterogenous: Shared Ontologies and Linked Data in Archives, Museums and Libraries

Mon 24 Nov

Professor Howard Hotson (University of Oxford): Collaboration, Early Modern Letters Online, and Horizon 2020: The Creation of One Virtual Community to Reassemble Another

The first talk, on Monday 20th October, will be delivered by Professor Melissa Terras (UCL), entitled ‘Transcribe Bentham: Sharing Labour, Sharing Platforms, Sharing Data’: The Transcribe Bentham project is an award-winning, innovative, ambitious, open source, participatory online environment that has tested the suitability of crowdsourcing for document transcription of cultural and heritage material. Although twenty volumes of the English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer Jeremy Bentham’s (1748-1832) correspondence have so far been published by the Bentham Project, UCL Library Services holds 60,000 untranscribed folios. Transcribe Bentham has tested the feasibility of outsourcing the work of manuscript transcription to members of the public, aiming to digitise Bentham folios, and, through a wiki-based interface, allowing transcribers access to images of unpublished manuscript images, in order to create an encoded transcript for checking by UCL experts and further publication online. This paper presents results, themes and issues which have emerged from this successful initiative, which recently saw the 10,000th Bentham transcribed by volunteer - or ‘volunpeer’ - labour.

Further details on the rest of the series.