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Digital Literacy in the Data Age

Date - Tuesday, 27th June 2017 (9:00 am - 5:30 pm)

Location: 38 Mappin Street and the Diamond Building, University of Sheffield

A one-day workshop
supported by the WRDTC Doctoral Training Pathway scheme

This one day workshop, curated by Eleanor Bland, Will Finley and Daniel Johnson, will include Mike Pidd and Sharon Howard (Humanities Research institute, Sheffield University), as well as representatives from ProQuest, along with academics from Sheffield and other UK universities discussing aspects of digital literacy. The event is designed to enrich our understanding of what ‘digital literacy’ can come to mean for different researchers within the field of arts and humanities. It aims to bring together researchers from different backgrounds in order to exemplify the scope and pervasiveness of digital techniques and tools within a variety of research outputs.

The first panel will showcase the way in which individual researchers have used digital techniques to inform their own research projects.
The second panel analyses the way in which digital tools can foster a greater level of engagement within public history. There will then be a masterclass led by members of the digital panopticon team, a large-scale digital project that looks to connect personal histories of convicts across space and time, as well as a presentation by ProQuest that will discuss the decisions made when it comes to digitizing archives and placing them into the public domain.
The day will end with a roundtable that will reflect on the presentations throughout the day. It is hoped that the workshop will reveal the variety and often very different ways in which digital techniques and software are used within the research process, both on a small and large scale.