Well predictably I didn’t have time to write anything for DayofDH due to spending most of my day in meetings, and then ignoring the old adage that ‘Email is the enemy of creativity’ I decided to focus on that for a while, because there are some big things coming up which I want to concentrate on without leaving people feeling ignored! So inbox down to single figures, but what of my day? What did I do today?
One area that’s taking up a lot of my time at the moment is project research. A large proportion of my time at the moment is still taken up with projects like the Schenker Documents Online, the Gascon Rolls project and Mapping the Medieval Countryside, which are all coming to an end in the next year or so, and which all in one way or another focus on some of my main research interests -including digital editing, digital publication and the impact of technology on the scholarly research process as a whole.
My main project focus today was on Schenker Documents Online, where my colleagues Paul Caton, Faith Lawrence and I reviewed final bugs/features for the site, and discussed additional research (made possible due to the hard work of the project team in bringing the main work to prompt conclusion), exploring the insights we can achieve through linked data, ontological and visualization approaches to the humanities data. Paul and Faith both have some exciting ideas for papers arising from research on the project, which I’m sure will see the light of day in due course, and really this research is about looking beyond the basic structured editing and publishing approaches common in TEI projects to see what kind of new publication paradigms emerge, and what kind of tools people need to edit or curate them. My own recent writing about this so far has been mostly in Spanish (see for example http://revistes.uab.cat/anuariolopedevega/article/view/v20-spence), although I’m preparing some publications in English which I hope will see the light of day before too long too.
A second major focus has been on teaching – I’m starting to take on greater responsibilities on our MA in Digital Humanities (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh/study/pgt/madh/index.aspx), one of the earliest in the world (see Hannah Jacob’s excellent post from a student’s perspective http://dayofdh2014.matrix.msu.edu/kclhannahlj/2014/04/08/why-kcl/) – and today included a very useful chat with my colleague Stuart Dunn about upcoming Skype Days for prospective students. I’ve also been giving some early thought to next year’s Web Technologies module, which I teach, and which takes both critical and practical perspectives on some of the core technologies used on the web today.