12.0081 online diss.; digital history needs

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Thu, 18 Jun 1998 23:17:10 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 81.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: "Jan-Gunnar Tingsell <tingsell@hum.gu.se>" (14)
Subject: Disertation on-line

[2] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (107)
Subject: UK Report on Needs of Users of Digital History

Date: Tue, 16 Jun 1998 16:05:36 +0200 (METDST)
From: "Jan-Gunnar Tingsell <tingsell@hum.gu.se>" <jgt@hum.gu.se>
Subject: Disertation on-line

We have got our first disertation electronically published as a whole.
"The Doorkeeper and the Beast - The Experience of Literary Narratives in
Educational Context" by Maj Asplund Carlsson.

It is available in pdf format at

Jan-Gunnar Tingsell=09=09=09<tingsell@hum.gu.se>
Humanistiska fakultetens dataservice=09tel:=09+46 (0)31 773 4553
G=F6teborgs universitet=09=09=09fax:=09+46 (0)31 773 4455

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Readers will probably be interested in a series of workshops being conducted in the UK under the joint auspices of the Arts & Humanities Data Service (AHDS) and the JISC Committee on Awareness, Liaison and Training (CALT). The focus is on defining the needs of users of digital resources in the humanities.

The series comprises five discipline-specific workshops (archaeology, history, literary and linguistic texts, the performing arts and the visual arts) together with a "National Expert Workshop" that was held in January (see <http://ahds.ac.uk/users/natrep.html> for a report on that workshop).

Below is the announcement of a draft report on the history workshop, organized this April by the History Data Service for the creators and users of historical digital resources.

The executive summary of the report identified the following broad needs:

* recognition for the scholarship involved in the creation and use of electronic resources in research and teaching

* sufficient resources and funding to provide historians with the means to successfully integrate electronic resources in their research and teaching

* a programme of key dataset creation which would need to be directed and funded by one or more central authorities

* agreed standards concerning project management, data design, data documentation, data management, data preservation and data analysis, plus a framework for standards development

* continued development of a consistent support hierarchy from national through to local level to ensure the right support and guidance reaches the user community

* appropriate and discipline-specific training aimed at historians and their problems

* improved access to data

The report usefully discusses the obstacles and opportunities for using digital resources in history as well as the training needs for users of such resources.

David Green =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D

>Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998 15:42:49 EDT >>From: Nbeagrie@aol.com> >Date: 6/12/98 4:21:34PM >From: cress@essex.ac.uk (Cressida Chappell) > >Apologies for cross-posting > >Scholarly Exploitation of Digital Resources: a Workshop for Historians > >Draft Workshop Report > >A report from the user needs workshop organised by the History Data Servic= e >and held at the University of Essex, 2nd and 3rd April 1998 > >Available from http://hds.essex.ac.uk/reports/user_needs/draft_report01.st= m > >This draft report is being circulated widely for consultation and the >History Data Service would greatly appreciate comments. All comments >received before 13th July 1998 will be taken into consideration and >incorporated into the final version of the report. Please submit comments >either by email to hds@essex.ac.uk, or in writing to: > >History Data Service >The Data Archive >University of Essex >Wivenhoe Park >Colchester >CO4 3SQ > >The workshop to which this report refers forms part of a series being >organised under the auspices of the Arts & Humanities Data Service (AHDS) >and the JISC Committee on Awareness, Liaison and Training (CALT). The >series consists of a National Expert Workshop and five discipline-specific >workshops covering archaeology, history, literary and linguistic texts, th= e >performing arts and the visual arts. The aim of the series is to identify >the information, support and training needs of end-users of electronic >resources for research and teaching in the arts and humanities. The >workshop series is feeding into the AHDS case study "Scholarly Exploitatio= n >of Digital Resources : Identifying and responding to end-users^=D2 >information, support, and training requirements". > >The History Data Service workshop focussed on the needs and requirements o= f >the three main types of end-users: historians creating electronic >resources; historians carrying out secondary analysis of electronic >resources both for research and teaching; and support staff working with >historians. The workshop was attended by a cross-section of actual and >potential end-users of digital resources, including both data creators and >secondary analysts of historical data. It was also attended by two other >groups of stakeholders: local and national library and computing support >staff; and representatives from historical organisations and funding >bodies. The participants met to explore, assess and prioritise the >information, support and training needs of end-users in the historical >community and to evaluate how and by whom these can be best addressed. > > >History Data Service >The Data Archive >University of Essex >Wivenhoe Park >Colchester >CO4 3SQ > >Phone: 01206 873984 >Fax: 01206 872003 >email: cress@essex.ac.uk > >http://hds.essex.ac.uk/

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