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Digital Humanities Hub | Te Pokapū Matihiko o Te Kete Aronui
The Digital Humanities (DH) Hub – Te Pokapū Matihiko o Te Kete Aronui, is a shared Humanities Division resource, open to staff and students. Located in room 1W4 on the first floor of the Arts Building on the University of Otago's Dunedin Campus, the DH Hub can be booked for use by students and staff. It also hosts weekly Open Hours drop-in sessions on everything from using new DH tools to critiquing new DH discourse.
Advice on ...
The Otago staff below are willing to offer advice about digital humanities projects in their areas of expertise.
Data - mining, analysing & visualising
Damien Mather | Senior Lecturer in Marketing
Damien can provide advice on both text and data mining. He has experience using SAS Enterprise Miner and Text Miner, and supports the teaching of data and text mining to postgraduate students in the Departments of Marketing and Information Science.
Data - accessing & preserving
Tim Thomas | Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
Tim has experience in using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and through various research projects has been working with new digital forms of data collection, documentation and dissemination - including the use of a drone to map and 3D model landscapes. He also has familiarity with using Digital Humanities techniques and tools within teaching.
Chris Garden | GIS & Graphics Technician
Chris is available to talk to any humanities researcher interested in using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Chris is based in the Department of Geography.
Projects and research centres @ Otago
Marsden Online Archive [digital text archive] | Hocken Collections & CROCC
This digital text archive provides access high resolution images of nearly 600 of CMS missionary Rev. Samuel Marsden’s letters and papers resulted from a collaboration between the University of Otago Library and the University’s Centre for Research on Colonial Culture. These papers are held at the Hocken Collections and were transcribed by retired Associate Professor Gordon Parsonson.
AKI [iOS & Android app] | Katharina Ruckstuhl - School of Business & Poia Rewi - Te Tumu
AKI (to encourage) is a free, interactive Te Reo Māori vocabulary and phrase learning game, that emerged from Te Iho Reo, a Ngā Pae o Te Maramatanga-funded research project led by Katharina Ruckstahl, Poia Rewi and late Dr Tamar Murachver. The app was developed in association with App Lab as part of a toolbox to support language transmission and maintenance.
Showband MixOMatic [iOS app] | Louise Kewene-Doig - Music, Theatre and Performing Arts
This is an educational iOS app for teaching and learning Māori popular music history and digital music creation. It takes short musical loops from a rerecorded version of the 1963 Māori Showband song “Poi Poi Twist” By Rim Paul and the Quin Tikis, and lets the user remix them in any combination on an app-sized reproduction of a 1960s analogue studio mixing desk.
Tell us about your project
We would like this guide to showcase Otago Digital Humanities projects. Please get in touch with us if you would like your research project highlighted here!
University of Otago 1869-2019 ~ writing a history
The University of Otago/Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, New Zealand’s first university, was founded in 1869 and celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019. This blog was run by historian Ali Clarke from 2013 to 2017, as she researched and wrote a new history of the university. From 2018 this blog is being managed by the Hocken Collections and includes contributions from University of Otago history students.
Centre for the Book
The Centre for the Book interprets ‘book’ broadly to encompass every aspect of written or printed communication, including physical representations and the cultural impact of the written word. The Centre aims to:
- Enhance the wide range of book-centred activities that take place throughout Dunedin
- Emphasize Dunedin’s rich cultural heritage in print, as producer, consumer, and preserver of books
- Encourage research in all facets of the book (in its broadest sense) by utilizing the diverse resources available
- Promote interaction and communication on the book within the University of Otago, and other local, national and international institutions.
Corpus is a forum for conversations about medicine and life. We publish a wide range of perspectives on health and medical practice, especially reflective or creative work which fleshes out the biomedical version of illness and disability.
Centre for Research on Colonial Culture
The Centre for Research on Colonial Culture was launched at the University of Otago in July 2012. It consists of a particularly productive network of researchers of international standing seeking to produce new historical understandings of colonialism, the development of colonial cultures, and the role of empires in shaping the modern world, with particular relevance to New Zealand and the Pacific region.
Performance of the Real
The Performance of the Real Research Theme is an interdisciplinary project that investigates what it is about representations and performances of the real that make them particularly compelling and pervasive in our current age. At its core is the study of how performance/performativity, in its many cultural, aesthetic, political and social forms and discourses represents, critiques, stages and constructs/reconstructs the real.
Technical & infrastructure support
Lists free services offered by Otago ITS, grouped according to the researcher's need. e.g. "I want to... access my computer off-campus, collaborate with others, collect data, communicate in real time, organise my team, share content, store and share data..." etc.
IT Training | Otago ITS
ITS offers training in a wide variety of software tools. Of particular interest to DH practitioners might be:
- Make the most of Excel to visualise your data, and
* Research Tools
- Learn how to use NVivo, Qualtrics, R and SPSS.
Software purchasing & licensing | Otago ITS
Do you need access to particular software for your research? Contact ITS Software Procurement and Licensing and they'll be able to help with the process for ordering software.
We want your feedback!
This guide continues to evolve, and we really welcome your feedback so we can continue to improve it. Please let us know if you find:
- Incorrect or irrelevant details, tools that don't work, dead links or otherwise unhelpful information
- Helpful details, tools, links or information that you think need to be on the guide, but aren't currently.
We'd also love to hear from you if you want to have your project featured on the guide, or would like to be profiled on the Connect&Collaborate@Otago page. Email Alexander Ritchie, or Antje Lubcke with any comments or suggestions on how we can improve it.
Viva Digital Humanities!