Digital humanities and other GLAM content at eResearch NZ 2013

It’s not just hard sciences that get to have all the eResearch fun. The digital humanities and the wider GLAM sector is well represented at eResearch NZ 2013.

One of the keynotes, J Stephen Downie, will be presenting the work of the HathiTrust Research Centre. The HathiTrust provides access to billions of pages of printed works, including a large part of the Google Books corpus. This resource is accessible to New Zealand researchers as highlighted by a recent Summer of eResearch project documented here at

Associate Programme Director of UC CEISMIC, the Canterbury Earthquake digital archive project, James Smithies will be introducing what requirements for a national digital humanities infrastructure might look like.

The challenge presented to develop a humanities infrastructure in New Zealand will be worth comparing to the experience of two of our Australian colleagues:

  • HuNi, the Humanities Networks Infrastructure virtual lab will be introduced by Richard Rothwell at VeRSI Australia. “The lab design supports the move away from data silos and into an era where it was possible to search across related datasets, to share data and reuse other researcher’s data or reference datasets, and to collaborate.”
  • Rhys Francis, Director of the Australian eResearch Coordination Project will be giving a plenary talk on developing an Australian research infrastructure for informatics. Rhys will provide a brief overview of the Australian government’s investment in research infrastructure over the last two decades and then focus on the challenges created for institutional and research activities and the potential for a newly developing approach to research informatics.

Copyright, an especially important issue within humanities research, will be highlighted by Richard Hosking, a PhD student at the University of Auckland. His talk, Some rights reserved: Copyright Licensing on our Scholarly record, will be focusing on the question: “How is licensing, or lack of it, of our primary research data affecting its reuse?”

For those who are interested in ontology development and the semantic web, consider attending Prof. Mark Gahegan’s presentation on Linked Data and the Semantic Web, listening to PhD student Cameron McLean talking about creating a pattern language for research or watching Prashant Gupta’s presentation on categorising and mapping scientific knowledge.

Librarians and other information managers will be pleased to see a workshop on data management. Entitled, Hacking a New Zealand Data Management Guide, the workshop aims to come away with a useful guide for researchers to comply with increasing demands for data management planning and practice.

These sessions and the rest of the programme are are likely to draw many people to Christchurch in July. Hopefully this post has piqued your interest. If so, you can register now.

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