Humanities Hack 21st-22nd November 2012 London

Title: Humanities Hack
When: 21st-22nd November 2012
Where: Guys Campus, Hodgkin Building, London, SE1 1UL

Humanities Hack is the first Digital Humanities hack organised jointly by the Department of Digital Humanities, DARIAH, the Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana (DM2E) project and the Open Humanities Working Group at the Open Knowledge Foundation.
The London event is the first of a series of hack days organised for Digital Humanists and intended to target research-driven experimentation with existing Humanities data sets. One of the most exciting recent developments in Digital Humanities include the investigation and analysis of complex data sets that require the close collaboration between Humanities and computing researchers. The aim of the hack day is not to produce complete applications but to experiment with methods and technologies to investigate these data sets so that at the end we can have an understanding of the types of novel techniques that are emerging.
We are providing a few open humanities data sets but we welcome any addition. We are currently collecting data sets here
Possible themes include but are not limited to
–          Research in textual annotation has been a particular strength of Digital Humanities. Where are the next frontiers? How can we bring together insights from other fields and Digital Humanities?
–          How do we provide linking and sharing Humanities data that makes sense of its complex structure, with many internal relationships both structural and semantic. In particular, distributed Humanities research data often includes digital material combining objects in multiple media, and in addition there is diversity of standards for describing the data.
–          Visualisation. How do we develop reasonable visualisations that are practical and help build on overall intuition for the underlying Humanities data set
–          How can we advance the novel Humanities technique of Network Analysis to describe complex relationships of ‘things’ in social-historical systems: people, places, etc.
With this hack day we seek to from groups of computing and humanities researchers that will work together to come up with small-scale prototypes that showcase new and novel ways of working with Humanities data.
As numbers are limited for this hack, please register at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sam Leon ( or Tobias Blanke (


As part of the work on its Digital Transformations theme (, the Arts and Humanities Research Council is organising a Digital Transfomations Moot at the Mermaid Conference Centre in London on Monday 19 November 2012.  Registration for this event is free and those joining the Humanities Hackfest might also enjoy attending the Moot. Further details can be found at:


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