Capacity Enhancement in DH

Training and Beyond

The Network’s first event, Capacity Enhancement in DH: Training and Beyond, was organised by King’s Digital Lab and was held on 15th December 2020. It focused on capacity gaps in UK / Ireland digital humanities, with reference to the European and global contexts, and training strategies.

The objectives of the workshop were as follows:

  • Contribute to developing pathways to sustained, effective and widespread capacity-building for DH researchers in the UK and Ireland across disciplines, institutions and career stages.
  • Contribute to define specific pathways for training highly interdisciplinary humanists who are able to work across multiple sectors, including and beyond academia.
  • Contribute to the broad inclusion of communities beyond individuals based in research-performing organisations, including cultural heritage institutions, the arts and creative industries, and interested citizen scientists.
  • Provide opportunities for individual researchers to develop their skills and networks, and to contribute to international debates about the future of the field.
  • Consider and interrogate critically the concepts of sustainability, inclusivity, training, advocacy and career progression.

The workshop discussions and findings have contributed to a discussion paper outlining capacity gaps in UK / Ireland digital humanities, with reference to the European and global contexts, and training strategies that could be used by a future UK Ireland DH Association to resolve them.

Our first discussion paper, based on the outcome of this workshop, is published here.

Workshop Schedule 

Schedule Outline
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome to participants from the network PI (Jane Winters)
10:00 – 10:45 Framing the problem (James Smithies)
10:45 – 11:00 Questions and discussion (chaired by Lorna Hughes)
11:00 – 11:15 Convenience break
11:15 – 12:00 King’s Digital Lab Software Development Lifecycle (Arianna Ciula/Neil Jakeman)
12:00 – 12:15 Questions and discussion (chaired by Charlotte Tupman)
12:15 – 13:15 Convenience break
13:15 – 13:35 Teaching: the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s, evolution and programmes (Paul Spence)
13:35 – 13:55 Teaching: the University College Cork Digital Humanities department and programme (Orla Murphy)
13:55 – 14:15 Capacity enhancement: The National Archives (UK) perspective (Pip Willcox)
14:15 – 14:30 Questions and discussion (chaired by Michelle Doran)
14:30 – 15:00 Training: National landscape and requirements for RSE training in the UK and Ireland (Dave De Roure and Orla Murphy) (introduced by Federico Nanni)
15:00 – 15:15 Questions and discussion (chaired by Federico Nanni)
15:15 – 15:30 Convenience break
15:30 – 16:00 Creative industries provocation (Alex Morrison and Andy Cummins) (introduced by James Smithies)
16:00 – 16:30 Discussion and next steps (chaired by Arianna Ciula)