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Monthly Tech Talk in October: Data Computing for the Humanities

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ANDS, NeCTAR, and RDS Nodes - QCIF, Intersect, NCI, TPAC, VICNode, eRSA and Pawsey have joined forces to organise a monthly Tech Talk virtual and face-to-face meeting.

For more and latest information about this Monthly Tech Talk event, please visit the event page at the MeetUp.

Topic: Data Computing for the Humanities

Researchers in humanities are increasingly using computational approaches to analyse data objects such as text, painting, film and other artefacts. Example applications include text analysis, investigation of cultural changes, detection of origin of species and much more.


1.Dr. Julia Miller (Australia National University) - PARADISEC: Visualising the past, present, and future of digital archiving

Dr. Julia Miller is the Senior Data Manager for the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and runs the ANU unit of The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC). She received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Washington, investigating acoustic properties of tone in the endangered Athabaskan language of Dane-zaa.

2.Prof. Erik Champion (Curtin University), Computing, 3D Models and Intangible Heritage

Professor Erik Champion is UNESCO Chair of Cultural Visualisation and Heritage at Curtin University and Visualisation theme leader at the Curtin Institute of Computation ( He researches issues in the area of virtual heritage as well as game design, interactive media, and architectural computing. Before joining Curtin University, he was Project leader of DIGHUMLAB in Denmark, a consortium of four Danish universities, hosted at Aarhus University. His publications include Critical Gaming: Interactive History and Virtual Heritage (Routledge, 2015), Playing with the Past(Springer, 2011), and he edited Game Mods: Design, Theory and Criticism (ETC Press, 2012). His next book (out in October) is Cultural Heritage Infrastructures in Digital Humanities, (Routledge, 2017), with co-editors Agiati Benardou, Costis Dallas and Lorna Hughes.

3.Prof. Hugh Craig (University of Newcastle), Three Shakespeare questions you can only answer through Computation

Abstract: Many scholars react to the idea that quantitative analysis has anything to offer in literary studies with indignation. Yet computational stylistics has been quietly solving Shakespearean problems for some years now, starting with questions of who wrote what, and recently broadening to wider questions of style. In this talk I will discuss three questions I argue have been answered by computation, and could only be answered by computation -- whether or not Shakespeare collaborated with his rival Christopher Marlowe in playwriting, how up to date or otherwise his dialogue was, and whether his vocabulary was indeed prodigiously large.

Bio:Prof. Hugh Craig works at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where he directs the Centre for 21st Century Humanities and the Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing. He has been publishing in computational stylistics since 1991. With Arthur F. Kinney, he edited Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship (2009). Many of the new findings about Shakespeare authorship in this book are now enshrined in the New Oxford Shakespeare, which came out last year. He has publications with colleagues from bioinformatics and speech pathology, and on language and ageing and nineteenth century journalism, as well as on literary writings of the Shakespearean period. Style, Computers, and Early Modern Drama: Beyond Authorship, co-authored with Brett Greatley-Hirsch, is due to appear in late 2017.

Who should come along?

The general purpose of this virtual plus face-to-face meeting is twofold:

  1. Provide a national forum for developers working with research data and/or research data management to discuss topics of interest

  2. Enable a dialogue between developers and NCRIS facilities

This event is for anyone who wants to know more about tech aspects of data and NCRIS facilities:

  • developers

  • data scientists

  • researchers who are building data tools

  • data technologists

  • data librarians

How does virtual and face-to-face work?

Tell us which of the 12 hubs you'll be attending (on the next page when you complete this Eventbrite registration.)

    • If attending you are highly recommended to physically attend at one of the hubs where feasible. For attendees who are not able to reach a hub, please select "Join Remotely" when registering (see links below). Limited remote attendee spaces.

    • First 30 remote attendees in will be emailed the Zoom Meeting ID. Further attendees will be waitlisted and emailed Zoom Meeting ID if space.

    • To guarantee attendance, join one of the physical meetings or set up your own location. Min: 4 attendees.

    • If you are unable to join on the day remotely, you can access the slides shortly after the event.

If you wish to set up a new hub location for Monthly Tech Talks, please request using the meeting contact below

The talks will take about an hour (3:00pm-4:00 pm AEST), followed by face-to-face networking and discussion at the 11 hub locations (4:00pm-5:00 pm), facilitated by local hub facilitators:

Adelaide: University of Adelaide: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus (starts 2.30pm ACDT) (returning in Sept.)


1. UQ: Room 505, level 5, Axon Building 47, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus (starts 2.00pm AEST)
2. USQ: Q528B, QBlock, Toowoomba Campus, University of Southern Queensland (starts 2.00pm AEST)

Canberra: Canberra (Australian National University): meeting room 1, 9 Liversidge Street, Acton, ACT 2601 (starts 3.00pm AEDT)

Hobart: CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere: Huon Room, Building 1 Reception Level, Castray Esplanade, Battery Point (starts 3.00pm AEDT)

1. Deakin University: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street (starts 3.00pm AEDT)
2. Monash University: G22, Ground Level, S.T.R.I.P. 1, 15 Innovation Walk, Monash Clayton Campus (starts 3:00 pm AEDT)
3. La Trobe University, Bundoora: Vislab, Research Commons, La Trobe Library (starts 3.00pm AEDT)

4.Victoria University, Footscray: Room A323, Footscray Park Campus (starts 3.00pm AEDT)


1.ARRC Boardroom (26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington) (starts 12.00pm AWST)

2.Edith Cowan University, Building 31, Level 4, Room 447, Joondalup Campus (starts 12.00pm AWST)

Sydney: University of Technology Sydney: Room CB01.09.29, Level 9, UTS Tower, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, City Campus (starts 3:00 pm AEDT)

Want to know more?

For more information about this Monthly Tech Talk event, please visit the event page at the Tech talk MeetUp.

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