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Tri-University Digital Humanities Workshop

Tri-University Digital Humanities Workshop
University of Guelph • University of Waterloo • Wilfrid Laurier University
Sept. 30- Oct. 1, 2011

Over the past several decades, the various disciplines in the humanities have been incorporating the tools and methods of computers into all facets of their work – from research and preservation to teaching and more general dissemination. This two-day event aims at bringing together practitioners who use the digital humanities in Southwestern Ontario and beyond. The first day (Sept. 30) will consist of a Digital Humanities Networking Event, including presentations from organizations and industrial partners who use digital techniques. The second day (Saturday, October 1) will consist of thematic presentations on academic research in the digital humanities, focusing broadly on the areas of network analysis and 'digging into data'.


There is no cost to register. If you plan to attend, please send an email to Vicki Isotamm <>, the College of Arts Events Coordinator. The email's subject line should be 'DHW 2011', and the body should indicate your name, institutional affiliation (if any), and which day(s) you plan to attend. If possible, please let her know as soon as possible. For all other queries about the event, please contact Stuart McCook, Associate Dean of Arts <>


Preliminary Program

Digital Humanities: Tools and Innovation
Friday, September 30.
Digital Media Hub, 151 Charles Street West, Kitchener ON

  • 1:00-1:45 Keynote Speaker: Mr. Ian Wilson (Excecutive Director, the Stratford Institute for Digital Media, and former Chief Librarian and Archivist of Canada)
  • 1:45-2:15 Ron Walker (Executive Director of "Online Access to Canada's Documentary Heritage." 
  • 2:15-2:30 Coffee Break
  • 2:30-2.45 Partnerships Programs funding by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • 2:45-3:15 Sharcnet High Performance Computing Network
  • 3:15-3:45 Graeme Morton (Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, University of Guelph) and Wayne Johnston (University of Guelph Library). Open Journal Systems. 
  • 4:00-6:00 Networking Session and Graduate Student Posters


Research in the Digital Humanities
Saturday, October 1
Florence Partridge Room, University of Guelph Library


Registration and Continental Breakfast (8:45-9:30)

Session 1: Network Analysis (9.30-12.00)

The humanities have historically been concerned with networks, in many shapes – networks of people (in their countless forms), of ideas, of texts, of language, of representation, to name but a few. These networks have sometimes been difficult to uncover, and often laborious to reconstruct. Network analysis, as practiced in the digital humanities, seeks to apply computers to make the study of these networks possible, and to generate insights that were effectively impossible before the advent of computers. In practice, network analysis identifies relationships among records and a pattern of interconnectedness that itself (a) may become an object of analysis and (b) adds meaning to the individual-level records.

  • 9:30-10:15  Fabio Faria Mendes (Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil) "Family, History and Network: Some Exercises on Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Sources"
  • 10:15-11:00  Kris Inwood, Luiza Antonie, and Andrew Ross (University of Guelph), "Creating Longitudinal Data from Canadian Historical Census."
  • 11:00-11:45  Bill Turkel (University of Western Ontario), "Meeting the 'High-Throughput' Challenge"

Keynote Address and Lunch: 12.00-2.00

  • Michael Ridley (CIO, University of Guelph). Words of Welcome
  • Peter Baskerville (University of Alberta), "The Digital Challenge: Are Humanities' Days Numbered?"

Session 2: Digging Into Data (2.00-5:00)

This session will explore the various ways that researchers in the digital humanities using new databases and other collections of digital (and digitized) data to answer long-standing questions in the humanities, and also to explore new questions.

  • 2:00-2:45  Chris Nighman (Wilfrid Laurier University), "Janus 2.0: An Enhanced Intertextuality Search Engine for Manipulating the Electronic Manipulus Florum."
  • 2:45-3:15  Ray Siemens (University of Victoria). "Coterie and Contribution: An Approach Toward Understanding the Interpersonal Networks in the Devonshire Manuscript"
  • 3:15-3:30  Coffee Break
  • 3:30-4:15  Christine McWebb (University of Waterloo), "imageMat: a Tool for Interoperable Image Annotation."
  • 4:15-5:00  Abby Goodrum (Wilfrid Laurier University)