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Digital Humanities: Challenges and Opportunities

Date & Time:
November 17, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Visualization Studio, TFDL

The LRC presents, Digital Humanities: Challenges and Opportunities

November 17, 3:00pm-5:00pm, Visualization Studio, TFDL


3:00-3:30pm  |  Murray McGillivray: Professor, Department of English

Visualizations towards Interpreting a Middle English Poetry Manuscript

British Library manuscript Cotton Nero A.x is a fourteenth-century illustrated poetic manuscript in a northwest Midlands dialect of Middle English. This presentation describes some of the techniques that the author and his team have used to elucidate aspects of the text and illustrations by applying visualization methods available at low cost to individual scholars, and also those requiring expensive specialized visualization equipment such as our own Visualization Studio and the British Library’s multispectral imaging cameras.


3:30-4:00pm  |  X. Jie Yang, Professor, SLLLC

Accessing Digital Documents in IIIF - The Creation of "A Digital Exhibit: Tale of Lady Karaito"

IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) became a real international standard in rapid speed. Many major archives from Japan have adopted this standard in the past months. This new development provides an exciting platform and environment, as well as a significant challenge to scholars involved in classical studies. A recent webpage in a Japanese medieval picture book is a sample of this personal approach.


4:00-4:30pm  |  Kenneth Brown: Professor, SLLLC

My Twenty Year Relationship with Digital Humanities

My experience with Digital Humanities began 20 years ago, in 1998, when, in my charge as President of the Philology Research Group, I began to explore the possibilities of enhancing the understanding of a cultural text using digital, electronic resources of all natures and types. I shall explain the different stages in my professional development, starting from advanced word processing in the preparation of a synoptic edition of 4 literary manuscripts to the application of state-of-the-art visualization technology to uncover cryptic messages in Rembrandt's most famous portrait.

4:30-5:00pm  |  Open discussions