Friday, February 28, 2014

Latest news from the Digital Antipodes

It's been an action-packed start to the year! We look forward to seeing you all soon and here are a few updates in the meantime.

1. Digital Humanities Australasia 2014 is just two weeks away!

UWA will be hosting the DHA2014 conference from 18-21 March and we're excited to see so many UWA postgrads and academics presenting papers and taking part in panel sessions. Most of the workshops are free - including the one I am helping facilitate - The #Altac track: Strategies to imagine and build alternative academic careers (only 5 tickets left!). Take a look at some of the other workshops here. You still have time be part of the event by presenting work-in-progress in poster form but you need to get in quick. Contact Jenni ASAP on jenni.harrison@uwa.edu.au.

2. The next meeting of the Digital Antipodes will be held 2-3pm on Friday 11 April (Arts 1.33)

You won’t want to miss this one. We’ll be discussing major themes and ideas from DHA2014. What were the main ideas that emerged? What do they mean in the context of our own research?

3. We’re looking for a new coordinator for the Digital Antipodes!

I’ll be overseas from mid April until September 2014 so we're seeking a volunteer to facilitate meetings over the next 6 months. It’s a great opportunity to get more involved in the DH community and it’s not too time consuming. You’d simply need to liaise with the group to choose a journal article, blog post or online portal to discuss at each monthly meeting, book a room and dispatch an email. The role has greatly enriched my understanding of the DH landscape and I highly recommend it. Send me an email if you are interested.

Could you be the next coordinator of the Digital Antipodes?

4. Want to learn to code?

Rail Girls is back! It is taking place  21-22 March and it’s free to attend. I attended the last workshop as a coding novice and enjoyed it immensely. Find out more here. The more experienced coders among you might be interested in a Trove hacking workshop that will be held at Spacecubed on Tuesday 18 March from 1pm to 5pm. The workshop will be run by Tim Sherratt - a man who spent so much time hacking Trove data that they gave him a job managing the entire website. Brilliant. He is going to be showing off the API for Trove (the National Library of Australia search tool) and giving participants a chance to discover the multitude of possibilities it holds. The event costs $15 and you can register here.

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