As of August 30, 2013 the activities of Digital Humanities Observatory have ceased.
Over the past five years, the Digital Humanities Observatory has been a crucial component of the Humanities Serving Irish Society initiative funded under PRTLI 4. The DHO has carried out an extensive programme of lectures, workshops, summer schools, symposia and public lectures. These have been eagerly received and we have hopefully contributed to raising the level of digital humanities scholarship amongst Irish scholars, enhancing skills and reputations not just in Ireland, but also in Europe and around the world. We have developed and deployed creative, and innovative digital platforms such as DHO:Discovery (http://discovery.dho.ie) and DHO:DRAPIer (http://dho.ie/drapier) that have embraced the needs of HSIS scholars and established a strong and respected Irish position in the Digital Humanities leading to Irish participation in exciting new European initiatives such as DARIAH. In an effort to explore the possibilities of Digital Humanities online, and in collaboration with our HSIS partners, we have also built many cutting-edge digital editions and catalogues such as Saint Patrick's Confessio Hyperstack (http://www.confessio.ie/), the Doegen Records Web Archive (http://dho.ie/doegen/) and Reading East (http://www.ucd.ie/readingeast/).
In the immediate term the assets of the DHO will be maintained directly by the RIA. Please use the contact form should you need to be in touch with the those maintaining the DHO assets.
Strong Irish engagement and participation in European projects is one of the many testaments to the success of the DHO and of the HSIS consortium. In the future the newly formed Irish Humanities Alliance will be fulfilling a unified role of humanities advocacy on behalf of Irish higher education institutions. The investment in HSIS and the DHO has put Irish humanities scholars in a solid position to continue to grow this valuable community and allow it to flourish in the future.
Shawn Day and Niall O'Leary
8 February 2013 - The Digital Arts and Humanities Spring Institute at University College Cork will provide an opportunity for students and lecturers to engage around digital humanities research challenges. This year, the Institute will stage a FrankCamp utilising the rich Frank O'Connor collection from the UCC Archives. Shawn Day from the DHO will be speaking and facilitating hands-on experimentation involving the use of data visualisation techniques and methods with spatial and temporal data. The two day session promises to be exciting, informative and hopefully provoke inspirational thinking around digital humanities research activities and projects. The DHO presentation 'Visualising in Time and Space: Seeing the World in Dynamic and New Dimensions' is available for download.
Last Thursday (22/11/2012) saw the launch of a new website, Reading East: Irish Sources and Resources, at University College Dublin. This new resource, a collaborative project between UCD and the DHO, funded by the Irish Research Council, attests to the contacts made between Europe and the East during the Seventeenth and Sixteenth Centuries. It also documents the many treasures held in Dublin research libraries which highlight these encounters.
28 September 2012 - Shawn Day of the DHO conducted a full day workshop 'An Introduction to Data Acquisition and Visualisation for Digital Humanities Scholarship'. Thrirty participants from the Humanities in Cultural Studies Honours BA Programme enjoyed a though-provoking and far ranging series of demonstrations, hands-on exercises and discussion exploring opportunities to apply data vis techniques and methodology to their research. The structure of the day began with an overview of the principles and theory underpinning data visualisation, provided best practise examples of how researchers are using data visualisation to both analyse and present their findings and concluded by looking at some of the more popular tools available to scholars.