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Living out loud: The Visionary
Cross Project and the Public
Humanities
Heather Hobma, Daniel Paul O'Donnell,
Marco Callier...
Informational vs. Critical
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Critical: Scholars writing for scholars
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Little broad context

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Low accessibility
No...
Digital Humanities
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From early digital editions that mimicked
print/critical models (Humanities computing)
To current...
Public wants in
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“You” wants to be/is very active
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–

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Wikipedia
Museum attendance is up (online and in person)

Publ...
Stuff is gorgeous
We are all (going to be) interpreters
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We are the people who both study AND present
objects
Becoming responsible f...
Partially ready
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Computation requires us to go back to first
principles (in this case UI design)
DH has a sense of...
But we need to get more serious
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Easy to see the work as trivial
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–

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Not at the research coal face
Can seem an addit...
The Visionary Cross Project
Dumfries Peninsula

Dumfries/Burns museum

Birrens Roman Fort
Bewcastle

Hoddom
Caerlaverock Castle

Hadrian’s Wall
Ruthwe...
The Ruthwell, Hoddom, and
Bewcastle Connections
Hoddom
But the actual
Anglo-Saxon site is
on the terraced
hill, in the opposite
direction.

The sign orients visitors
towards the...
Bewcastle

Bewcastle’s exhibition
centre
Exploding Bewcastle’s Interpretive
(Modern farm)
Castle
Centre
(Long Bar)

Cross and church

Roman Bath

Interpretive Cent...
Long Bar

Castle

Roman Baths
Ruthwell
Presenter
Google Earth
Thank you
Heather.Hobma@uleth.ca
Daniel.odonnell@uleth.ca
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This lecture discusses the difference between critical and informational scholarship and the increasing importance of public outreach in historical studies. It then discusses the application of this issue to the Ruthwell Kirk and Cross and the Visionary Cross project's approach to the problem.

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Living out loud: The Visionary Cross Project and the Public Humanities

  1. 1. Living out loud: The Visionary Cross Project and the Public Humanities Heather Hobma, Daniel Paul O'Donnell, Marco Callieri, Matteo Dellepiane, James Graham, Catherine Karkov, Roberto Rosselli Del Turco CMRS/ETRUS. University of Saskatchewan. January 16, 2014
  2. 2. Informational vs. Critical ● Critical: Scholars writing for scholars – – Little broad context – ● Low accessibility Not for popular audiences Informational: Interpreters writing for public – High accessibility – Broad context – Popular audiences
  3. 3. Digital Humanities ● ● From early digital editions that mimicked print/critical models (Humanities computing) To current generation editions/projects that have heavier public engagement – Crowd-sourcing – Open annotation – Linked and open data
  4. 4. Public wants in ● “You” wants to be/is very active – – ● Wikipedia Museum attendance is up (online and in person) Public's proxies (government and funding agencies) stress mobilisation and dissemination – Increasingly important part of funding applications
  5. 5. Stuff is gorgeous
  6. 6. We are all (going to be) interpreters ● ● ● We are the people who both study AND present objects Becoming responsible for both critical and educational/informational aspects of our projects Run into same issues museum directors etc. have had to face.
  7. 7. Partially ready ● ● ● Computation requires us to go back to first principles (in this case UI design) DH has a sense of self of itself as being engaged with the world We recognise that our material is great and potentially popular
  8. 8. But we need to get more serious ● Easy to see the work as trivial – – ● Not at the research coal face Can seem an additional/bureaucratic add on And yet popular dissemination/instruction is actually very hard
  9. 9. The Visionary Cross Project
  10. 10. Dumfries Peninsula Dumfries/Burns museum Birrens Roman Fort Bewcastle Hoddom Caerlaverock Castle Hadrian’s Wall Ruthwell Cross
  11. 11. The Ruthwell, Hoddom, and Bewcastle Connections
  12. 12. Hoddom
  13. 13. But the actual Anglo-Saxon site is on the terraced hill, in the opposite direction. The sign orients visitors towards the river.
  14. 14. Bewcastle Bewcastle’s exhibition centre
  15. 15. Exploding Bewcastle’s Interpretive (Modern farm) Castle Centre (Long Bar) Cross and church Roman Bath Interpretive Centre Roman Fort
  16. 16. Long Bar Castle Roman Baths
  17. 17. Ruthwell
  18. 18. Presenter
  19. 19. Google Earth
  20. 20. Thank you Heather.Hobma@uleth.ca Daniel.odonnell@uleth.ca

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