Digital Humanities 2010 Conference - London

John Walsh in front of a banner with a photo of A.C. Swinburne
John Walsh in front of a banner with a photo of A.C. Swinburne

SLIS faculty member, John A. Walsh, presented two papers at the Digital Humanities 2010 Conference held at King’s College London [England] from July 7-10, 2010.

About the Conference:

• "Digital Humanities is the annual international conference for digital scholarship in the humanities, sponsored by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO). DH2010 was hosted at King's College London by the Centre for Computing in the Humanities and the Centre for e-Research, with the support of the School of Arts and Humanities, Information Services and Systems, and the Principal, Professor Rick Trainor."

Excerpts from the presentations by John Walsh:

1. 'It's Volatile': Standards-Based Research & Research-Based Standards Development (co-authored with Wally Hooper)

"Digital humanities scholarship often integrates humanities scholarship (literary studies, historical studies, and so on) with technological research and development. Some of this technological work takes the form of standards development…"

“Our paper provides a case-study of one project’s navigation through the Unicode proposal, review, and approval process. We also provide a more theoretical discussion, illustration, and examination of the mutually beneficial relationship between technical standards development and basic humanities research.”

2. "Quivering Web of Living Thought": Mapping the Conceptual Networks of Swinburne's Songs of the Springtides (co-authored with Pin Sym Foong, Kshitiz Anand, and Vignesh Ramesh)

"Our paper will discuss conceptual networks present in Victorian poet Algernon Charles Swinburne's mid-career collection Songs of the Springtides (1880) and how those networks may be represented in TEI P5 XML markup and graphic visualizations driven by the encoded text…"

“The authors have been working on a specific web-based visualization to represent graphically the conceptual networks at play across a series of literary texts, in this case Swinburne's Songs of the Springtides, and to allow users to view and browse these networks from a distance and to zoom in and focus on local clusters and concentrations of the conceptual nodes."

"Our presentation will include a detailed discussion of Songs of the Springtides as a carefully designed information system, supported by a framework of internal and external discourse networks. Following this more theoretical discussion of Swinburne's volume, we will review and illustrate the TEI P5 mechanisms used to encode the networks and demonstrate the web-based visualization of the text.”

A related book chapter by Walsh was published in Summer 2010:

Walsh, John A. "Quivering Web of Living Thought:" Conceptual Networks in Swinburne's Songs of the Springtides (pages 29-53). The book A.C. Swinburne and the Singing Word: New Perspectives on the Mature Work (edited by Yisrael Levin) was published by Ashgate: Farnham, England.

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Posted October 12, 2010