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Humanities computing

  1. 1. Humanities computing Claudine Chionh University of Melbourne 2 March 2010 / LUV meeting Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 1/ 48 2 March 2010 1 / 48
  2. 2. Overview The Founders and Survivors project Humanities computing Why FOSS? Challenges Drupal in action: Data migration Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 2/ 48 2 March 2010 2 / 48
  3. 3. Founders and Survivors The Claudine Woolwich 24/aug/1821 to Hobart 15/dec/1821 – 113 days at sea 160 male convicts boarded, 159 survived/landed (not a bad record) Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 3/ 48 2 March 2010 3 / 48
  4. 4. Founders and Survivors Journal Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 4/ 48 2 March 2010 4 / 48
  5. 5. Founders and Survivors Conduct registers Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 5/ 48 2 March 2010 5 / 48
  6. 6. Founders and Survivors Archives of Tasmania convict index Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 6/ 48 2 March 2010 6 / 48
  7. 7. Founders and Survivors Founders and Survivors Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 7/ 48 2 March 2010 7 / 48
  8. 8. Founders and Survivors Van Diemen’s Land Transportation period, 1803-1853 ∼ 1 million rows of data Quantifiable data: conduct registers, BDM. . . Text: journals, newspaper reports Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 8/ 48 2 March 2010 8 / 48
  9. 9. Founders and Survivors Genealogists What happened to convicts after they were freed? Links with genealogists for lives of convicts and their families. Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 9/ 48 2 March 2010 9 / 48
  10. 10. Founders and Survivors The ‘factory plan’ Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 10/ 48 2 March 2010 10 / 48
  11. 11. Humanities computing Old questions, new tools? Digitisation Analyse large[r] amounts of material Public access and collaboration Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 11/ 48 2 March 2010 11 / 48
  12. 12. Humanities computing The Valley of the Shadow Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 12/ 48 2 March 2010 12 / 48
  13. 13. Humanities computing The Valley of the Shadow Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 13/ 48 2 March 2010 13 / 48
  14. 14. Humanities computing Old Bailey Online Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 14/ 48 2 March 2010 14 / 48
  15. 15. Humanities computing Perseus Digital Library Virgil’s Aeneid Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 15/ 48 2 March 2010 15 / 48
  16. 16. Humanities computing ‘Libraries’: Literary and linguistic applications Index Thomisticus (1946) Perseus Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 16/ 48 2 March 2010 16 / 48
  17. 17. Humanities computing ‘Archives’: Historical applications Digitisation Data analysis Collaboration Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 17/ 48 2 March 2010 17 / 48
  18. 18. Humanities computing Digitisation Documents Images Linked/cross-referenced presentation of sources Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 18/ 48 2 March 2010 18 / 48
  19. 19. Humanities computing Tasmanian Police Gazette, 1861-1933 Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 19/ 48 2 March 2010 19 / 48
  20. 20. Humanities computing Surgeon’s journals Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 20/ 48 2 March 2010 20 / 48
  21. 21. Humanities computing Conduct registers Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 21/ 48 2 March 2010 21 / 48
  22. 22. Humanities computing Data analysis Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 22/ 48 2 March 2010 22 / 48
  23. 23. Humanities computing GIS Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 23/ 48 2 March 2010 23 / 48
  24. 24. Humanities computing Collaboration Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 24/ 48 2 March 2010 24 / 48
  25. 25. Why FOSS? Why FOSS? Community of developers Access Values Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 25/ 48 2 March 2010 25 / 48
  26. 26. Why FOSS? Community of developers Mutual support Don’t reinvent the wheel Using and adapting tools Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 26/ 48 2 March 2010 26 / 48
  27. 27. Why FOSS? Access Make archival sources and research results accessible to general public Sharing data with other researchers Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 27/ 48 2 March 2010 27 / 48
  28. 28. Why FOSS? Values Public interest Free access, free expression Dialogue Public participation Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 28/ 48 2 March 2010 28 / 48
  29. 29. Challenges The Two Cultures The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution CP Snow, Rede Lecture, 1959 Literature/humanities vs science/tech Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 29/ 48 2 March 2010 29 / 48
  30. 30. Challenges Many cultures? Translating between academics, IT professionals, diverse public audience Different priorities, research questions Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 30/ 48 2 March 2010 30 / 48
  31. 31. Challenges Geeks and non-geeks Non-geeks may not understand the values behind FOSS Technology as magic Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 31/ 48 2 March 2010 31 / 48
  32. 32. Challenges Where do developers belong? Identity crisis ‘Digital humanities professional’ ? Background – IT or academic? Autonomy Career progression Where do humanities computing projects belong? Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 32/ 48 2 March 2010 32 / 48
  33. 33. Data migration Screenshot: Index record Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 33/ 48 2 March 2010 33 / 48
  34. 34. Data migration Why Drupal? Modular Define our own content types and views Define user roles Workflow Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 34/ 48 2 March 2010 34 / 48
  35. 35. Data migration Index data Access –> Excel –> CSV –> Drupal Database on the web Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 35/ 48 2 March 2010 35 / 48
  36. 36. Data migration Content Construction Kit http://drupal.org/project/cck Define your own data structures in Drupal Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 36/ 48 2 March 2010 36 / 48
  37. 37. Data migration Rules http://drupal.org/project/rules More powerful than core Trigger and Action modules Generate a title for each node {index number} | {convict name} ({ship name}) Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 37/ 48 2 March 2010 37 / 48
  38. 38. Data migration Views http://drupal.org/project/views Define your own views of content Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 38/ 48 2 March 2010 38 / 48
  39. 39. Data migration Table Wizard http://drupal.org/project/tw Expose a MySQL table or CSV file to Views Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 39/ 48 2 March 2010 39 / 48
  40. 40. Data migration Table analysis Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 40/ 48 2 March 2010 40 / 48
  41. 41. Data migration Migrate http://drupal.org/project/migrate Map structure of external table to a Drupal data structure Migrate Extras http://drupal.org/project/migrate_extras to migrate to CCK fields Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 41/ 48 2 March 2010 41 / 48
  42. 42. Data migration Content set Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 42/ 48 2 March 2010 42 / 48
  43. 43. Data migration Migrate dashboard Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 43/ 48 2 March 2010 43 / 48
  44. 44. Data migration Drush Web-based dashboard good for testing on small samples Drush: the Drupal Shell http://drupal.org/project/drush (out of memory issues) Run drush migrate-import {content set} from cron Approx. one week to migrate ∼ 80,000 records Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 44/ 48 2 March 2010 44 / 48
  45. 45. Where to from here? Next stage of project (manually) linking official index with public submissions later life stories WWI links Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 45/ 48 2 March 2010 45 / 48
  46. 46. Where to from here? Links The Valley of the Shadow http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/ Old Bailey Online http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/ Perseus Digital Library http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/ Index Thomisticus http://www.corpusthomisticum.org/it/ Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 46/ 48 2 March 2010 46 / 48
  47. 47. Where to from here? Links Founders and Survivors http://www.foundersandsurvivors.org/ Mapping Our Anzacs http://mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au/ Australian Newspapers (National Library) http://newspapers.nla.gov.au/ Essays in Humanities Computing http://www.digitalhumanities.org/Essays/ Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 47/ 48 2 March 2010 47 / 48
  48. 48. Where to from here? Questions/advice? http://claudine.github.com/2010/02/17/ drupal-table-wizard-migrate.html http://www.slideshare.net/claudinec Claudine Chionh (University of Melbourne) Humanities computing 48/ 48 2 March 2010 48 / 48

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