Translantis-AsymEnc Digital Humanities Colloquium

Translantis/AsymEnc Digital Humanities Colloquium

22 May 2014:
Marc Bron (Utrecht University)

Exploration and contextualization:
towards reusable tools for the humanities

The introduction of new technologies, access to large electronic cultural heritage repositories, and the availability of new information channels continues to change the way humanities researchers work and the questions they seek to answer. In this talk Marc Bron (information and computing sciences, Utrecht University) will discuss how the research cycle of humanities researchers has been affected by these changes and argue for the continued development of interactive information retrieval tools to support the research practices of humanities researchers. Specifically, he will focus on two phases in the humanities research cycle: the exploration phase and the contextualization phase. In the first part of the talk he discusses work on the development and evaluation of search interfaces aimed at supporting exploration. In the second part of the talk he will focus on how information retrieval technology focused on identifying relations between concepts may be used to develop app lications that support contextualization.

Thursday 22 May, 15.30-17.00, Muntstraat 2a (room 1.11), Utrecht

Translantis/AsymEnc Digital Humanities colloquia are organized by the digital humanities research projects Translantis – Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures: The Emergence of the United States in Public Discourse in the Netherlands, 1890-1990 (www.translantis.nl) and Asymmetrical Encounters: Digital Humanities Approaches to Reference Cultures in Europe, 1815–1992 (www.asymenc.eu). Upcoming colloquia are 26 June (Joanne van der Woude and Mark Thompson, University of Groningen) and 11 September (Hermione Giffard and Maarten van den Bos, Utrecht University).