Digital Humanities Pathways returns for 2018 in Perth!

Digital Humanities Pathways returns for 2018 in Perth!
May 14, 2018 Chris Button

2018 brings a new look for the Digital Humanities Pathways Forum, starting in Perth at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre on Friday, 18 May 2018.

Bringing together humanities, arts and social science (HASS) researchers and the cultural collecting sector (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) together to speak about the links between research, data, and national infrastructure, the forum will also showcase projects illustrating current contemporary data, technology-intensive research and collection practices.

Following the overwhelming interest in the first Digital Humanities Pathways event to be held in Western Australia, registrations are currently full, with a waitlist now active to notify people if any places become available.

Visit the Eventbrite page for more info and to sign up for the waitlist.

On twitter? Follow our #DHPathways18 feed to keep informed of the day’s highlights!


Digital Humanities Pathways Program: 18 May 2018

10:10 am: Welcome

10:30 am: Project Showcase: Research and knowledge landscape, digital environment
An environmental scan of digital HASS research in Perth, highlighting institutional activities, indicative leading projects, and challenges.

  • Alec Coles, WAM Research and WAM, new initiatives in digitisation
  • Jill Benn, UWA Library as Research Infrastructure and Pathways to a Landscape
  • Prof. Jane Lydon, UWA Returning Photos
  • Craig Pett, Gale Cengage Gale Primary Sources and the Digital Humanities: a Case Study Short Presentations

11:35 am: GLAM panel session: Digital Humanities beyond the University
Current developments, future plans from collections/data custodians. Focus on digitisation & digital, engagement & community building, enabling research, challenges and collaboration.
Facilitated by Paul Arthur

  • Alec Coles, Western Australian Museum
  • Jill Benn, University of Western Australia Library
  • Dr Pauline Joseph, Curtin University
  • Professor Clive Barstow, Edith Cowan University

12:15 pm: Lunch & Visualisation Experience by Andrew Woods

1:00 pm: Projects Showcase Exemplar presentations/ Lightning talks

  • Dr Luke Hopper, ECU,  Biomechanics and Dance
  • Andrew Woods, Curtin, Big Data – Digital Humanities – Two Projects
  • Rebecca Repper, UWA, Convergence and Photographic Archives
  • Dr Sam Baron, UWA,  Augmenting Reality to Teach Reasoning

2:10 pm: Researcher Panel
What’s next in HASS research? What are the barriers to participation? What are the needs?
Facilitated by: Sarah Nisbet

  • Dr Rahul Gairola, Murdoch University
  • Prof. Erik Champion, Curtin University
  • Lucy Montgomery, Curtin University

2:55 pm: What’s next for Digital Humanities?
Open discussion around Digital Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and future opportunities/ priorities for national collaboration & development.
Facilitated by: Sarah Nisbet

3:20 pm Closing comments


  • “It would be impossible to do the type of research that we’re doing without them – it is a major factor in achieving our research outcomes.”  
    Associate Professor Con DoolanSchool of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide
  • “Open source intelligence is about extracting information from blogs, news sites and social media platforms, any information that can be freely accessed online. There’s way too much information out there for an individual or group of people to comprehend, so we have created automated tools to allow our users to extract the data they need...access to the latest technology allow[s] us to continue to provide the best platforms to our end-users.”
    David BlockowData to Decisions CRC
  • “The supercomputing facilities at eResearch SA permit analysis of a host of interesting problems in evolutionary biology. It is the only computer system in SA that can perform certain complex calculations required to infer large evolutionary trees and associated patterns of evolution.”  
    Associate Professor Michael LeeSouth Australian Museum
  • "The eRSA support is very personal and solution-focused and not just a brushing off 'it's-your-fault-check-your-code' kind of support which one sometimes gets from University tech supports. I very much appreciate the help."  
    Sven SchellenbergSchool of Science, RMIT University
  • “Having access to greater computer power helps us put in place a more realistic model in terms of the number of atoms you can have in the system and that improves the predictive power of the calculations.”
    Professor Andrea GersonMinerals and Materials Science & Technology
  • "eResearch capabilities ... ensure we can continue to use the latest methods available in our field. The hope is that through the use of these technologies, we will be able to achieve some research outcomes that may otherwise not have been possible.”  
    Professor Ina Bornkessel-SchlesewskyCognitive Neuroscience, UniSA

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