The PhD presentations

From the dahphd.ie

Rachel Murphy – Reconstructing an Irish Landed estate using Digital Technology – asking questions about who lived on the estate, where – from the labourer to the earl.  She intends to ‘bring the estate to life’ by having (amongst other artefacts) a page per person, so that people can contribute to the story – creating their own digital narrative, moving beyond the linear to a ‘narrative synergy’.

Spatial data is a key element – linked to databases, but she is still thinking about how best to achieve many aspects of this.

Next steps – discuss design with other experts, develop a detailed functional spec., create a prototype following this input, test this to ensure it all works as expected, and some further testing.

Gareth Young

Losing touch – and Attention in Human Performance: Design and Construction of Music Controllers Integrating Haptic Feedback Techniques

“…if we scratch that surface, if we dig deeper into the physiology, psychology and the fleshy philosophy of the body, the manifold meanings of touch start to reveal themselves”. (Patterson, 2007)

Reflects on the interrelationship between touch, haptics, and attention in participants.   Young considers a device that enables an activity that must have a clear set of goals – and create a balance between perceived challenges and skill and (lost the last point…)

Giorgio Guzzetta

Augmenting Sciascia – creating a digital version of Sciascia’s work, fictional and non fictional, critical works, and secondary material from different sources.  He also wants to create a frame for collaborative research and also to perform digital literary criticism on Sciascia’s work.   The question arises, is it legitimate to use computers in literary criticism and analysis?  To what extent and in what ways?   His next slide is headed From Solid Liquid – and it asks foundational questions about how we use, read, process the ‘liquid’ text – and refers to the text – The Shape of Water.  This needs to be addressed and renegotiated urgently … it is not an algorithmic criticism.

He addresses levels of competences, and refers to Stephen Ramsay (2011), he gives  4 levels of the digital text – acknowledges that it is a tentative approach.  It leads in turn to other questions about how all of this influences how we read, and with regard to process, how can computers help in understanding reading…

Gives a diagram of the reading process by the Italian critic (Segre)  – with abandonded possibilities reading memory and summary, the sentence that you are reading now, and in future there are open possibilities.

So  – how do we apply tools to this? Tools that he is looking for should respect and visualise the progression of the reading (time) and also highlight connections, parallels, oppostions and one of the tools that he is considering is voyant, and he acknowledges that this is just for the linguistic level.

Leads to a great discussion into the act of reading and understanding .

Sara Wentworth

Work viewable on vimeo here.  Speaks about the way in which human memory works – how can we consciously act on this?  Through pattern recognition you will know what word will be at the end of this … sentence! 🙂

Luke Kirwan

Doing more with less – developing digital resoures for archives.

Addresses the funding crisis and lack of political will with regard to cultural heritage in Ireland, aside from getting a photo opportunity.  He offers a resource initiative – the web is a relatively inexpensive way to publish these artefacts.  He looks at the untapped resource of Capuchin material – an amazing set of objects, and a great opportunity.  Small scale digitisation efforts and advocacy efforts through social media can form the basis of more engagement -again participation is key!

Jack Murray on Narrative in Gaming

Sara Goek on Oral History Archives

Christoph Kudella

Speaking on Epistolary Metadata – Data Modelling and Historical Network Analysis

Snapshot of the UCC element of the DAH network

Abigail Keating from Film Studies to come – running out of battery… will update on twitter – storifying tonight!

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