History seminars at the IHR

Digital History

Convenors: Seth Denbo (American Historical Association), Matthew Phillpott (IHR), Richard Deswarte (UEA), Beth Hartland (KCL), Tim Hitchcock (Sussex), Peter Webster (British Library), Charlotte Tupman (KCL), and James Baker (British Library), Adam Crymble (Hertfordshire)

For information and enquiries, please contact: Matt Phillpott on: matt.phillpott@sas.ac.uk

Venue: John S Cohen Room 203, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

Time: Tuesdays, 5.15 pm

Seminars are normally streamed live online. See the seminar blog for info. To keep in touch, follow us on Twitter (@IHRDigHist) or at the hashtag #dhist.

Some podcasts from this seminar are available online

Digital History seminar YouTube channel

Summer Term 2015
DateSeminar details
12 May
A Pilot Historical Thesaurus of Scots (Title TBC)

Susan Rennie (Glasgow)

Please note:  this session has been cancelled

26 May Virtual Rome: a digital reconstruction of the ancient city

Matthew Nicholls (Reading)

Dr Matthew Nicholls of the Department of Classics at the University of Reading has made a detailed digital reconstruction of the city of Rome as it appeared c.AD315. In this talk he will introduce the model and discuss some of the tools and methodology involved in its creation, including questions about date, level of detail, and conjecture. He will then talk about the paedagogical uses of digital modelling and the digital Rome model’s potential as a research tool: current work includes investigation of illumination at specific times of day and year, and sightlines within the ancient city to, from, and between major monuments.

Please note:  this session was cancelled, but has been reinstated.

9 June Writing a Big Data History of Music Project

Stephen Rose (RHUL)

This seminar introduces the project A Big Data History of Music, which aimed to unlock the musical-bibliographical data held by libraries in order to create new research opportunities. The project cleaned and enhanced aspects of the British Library catalogues of printed and manuscript music, which are now available as open data from www.bl.uk/bibliographic/download.html. Analyses and visualisations of these datasets exposed previously uncharted patterns in the history of music, for instance involving the rise and fall of music printing in 16th- and 17th-century Europe, or the rise of nationalist colourings in music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The detection of these long-term trends permits new ways of linking music history to wider histories of culture, economics, society and politics.

23 June Exploring Big and Small Historical Datasets: reflections on two recent projects

Part 1: Sarah Rees Jones (York) and Helen Petrie: 'Chartex overview and next steps' (20 minutes)
Part 2: Sonia Ranade (The National Archives) and Emma Bayne: 'Traces Through Time overview and next steps' (20 minutes)
Part 3: Roger Evans: 'NLP and Data Mining: From Chartex to Traces Through Time and beyond' (10 minutes)

Researchers from two recently funded projects, ChartEx (Digging into Data Challenge, 2012-14) and Traces Through Time (AHRC, 2014-15), reflect on the development of new tools for historians working with digital data employing analytical solutions from Natural Language Processing, Data Mining and Human Computer Interaction.

This is a joint Archives and Society/Digital History seminar


Please note that this seminar will take place at 5.15pm in room 203 (John S Cohen Room) in the IHR