Masters in Digital Humanities

FlyerFor the last while the Project Officer, Deirdre, and myself have been organising an open house for the MA in Digital Humanities on 16 April 2014, 12-2pm. The day will consist of talks about; the content of the Masters, current DH projects, academic progression within DH, working in the field of DH, among others. We will also give a tour of our imaging lab, and lunch. I will be giving one of these talks on the day. My topic will be on “Software Methods within Digital Humanities”. So, if you know anyone who may be interested in doing a Masters in Digital Humanities send them our way!

For more information about the masters and the scholarships available visit our website: www.learndigitalhumanities.ie

A task I have been putting off for a few days now (because it is always uncomfortable to write about yourself), was to write a personal profile as a graduate of the course for the Graduate Studies NUIM website. But, I have finally written it … so I may as well include it here also, as a snippet of my experience of completing the Masters in Digital Humanities at NUIM!

“I decided to do the Masters in Digital Humanities (MADH) to tie together my previous two qualifications; BA in Anthropology and Mathematics and HDip in Information Technology. As my previous two qualifications were so disconnected from each other, I felt that through this Masters program I could amalgamate the skills I gained from both, to work together. By completing the MADH, I learned many new skills and theories specific to Digital Humanities practice, but I also learned how to use the skills I already possessed in a new context.

I entered the MADH after returning from abroad and it was quiet overwhelming re-entering education at a Masters level. It was a challenging year but I feel the course supplied me with confidence in the skills I acquired. It was also very exciting to be part of an institute that not only teach students about this evolving discipline but are also practitioners in the field.

The part of the MADH, which I particularly enjoyed, was doing my dissertation and the accompanying project. It was through my project that I really got to explore the aspects of Digital Humanities that I find most interesting, which in my case, is the creation of tools that can help others accomplish their needs in the humanities. For this project, I created an Android application that generates metadata for cultural heritage objects, for use in privately owned museums.

The knowledge I gained in the MADH has directly effected my employment since graduating. My MADH project was extended into a DRI (Digital Repository of Ireland) internship, which I undertook while tutoring the new MADH class. I am currently the Technology Officer in An Foras Feasa.”

My Home From 9:00-5:30

OfficeHere is a sneaky peek of where I spend my time in An Foras Feasa. I have been Technology Officer since the end of January, covering a maternity leave. It is a lovely place to work, especially since I was a student here also.

DH in Ireland 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 12.37.28Just a note to say, I am taking part of Day of DH as part of the group “DH in Ireland 2014“.

“A collaborative group consisting of graduate students, researchers and practitioners in the field of Digital Humanities throughout Ireland. This group currently consists of members of the DH community in NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin and is being run under the auspices of DARIAH Ireland. We encourage other members of the DH community throughout Ireland to join this group in our documentation and celebration of our Day of DH 2014.”

If you are taking part of #dayofdh and are from Ireland, join the group too :-)

Grading

As part of being Technology Officer, I teach two modules on the Masters in Digital Humanities, here at NUI Maynooth. This morning, I had to finish grading a batch of assignments for one of those modules, entitled “Modelling Humanities Data 1”.

The students had to create an entity relationship model that represented that data held in the source documents from the 1911 census, which can be accessed online from The National Archives of Ireland. They then had to implement their model by creating a database in phpMyAdmin that was populated with census information from two townlands in Co.Leitrim.

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They then had to carry out SQL queries on the database to answer questions on the data.

After correcting the assignments, I feel that the students engaged well with the material!

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone, and a happy Day of DH to you all!

My name is Charlene and I am working in DH in Ireland. I am currently the Technology Officer in An Foras Feasa.
An Foras Feasa is a research institute within the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, which specialises in Digital Humanities research.

This is my first time taking part in Day of DH (…and also blogging, in general)… so let’s see how this goes!

Just another Day of DH 2014 site

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