Beyond Digitisation: Reimagining the image in Digital Humanities
Queen Mary Annual Digital Humanities Lecture
16 November 2016
6pm, followed by wine reception
David Sizer Lecture Theatre, Bancroft Building
Mile End Campus
Queen Mary University of London
The digitisation of primary source material is often held up as a means to open up collections, democratising their contents whilst improving access. Yet Digital Humanities has made little use of digitised image collections, beyond wishing to get access to individual items, or the text that can be generated via Optical Character Recognition or transcription of primary sources. Why is this, and what opportunities lie for image processing and computer graphics in the field of Digital Humanities? What barriers are in place that stop scholars being able to utilise and analyse images using advanced processing? Given the importance to text for Digital Humanities, how can we begin to reconceptualise what we can do with large bodies of digital images?
In this lecture, Terras will showcase work from projects as diverse as the Great Parchment Book, Transcribe Bentham, and the Deep Imaging Mummy Cases projects, showcasing how those in the Digital Humanities can contribute to advanced cultural heritage imaging research.
Melissa Terras is Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, Professor of Digital Humanities in UCL's Department of Information Studies, and Vice Dean of Research in UCL’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Image: Great Parchment Book, http://www.greatparchmentbook.org/, with thanks to London Metropolitan Archives, and UCL's Dr Kazim Pal and Professor Tim Weyrich.