120+ participants, 25 presenters, 15 sessions
DH-IGNITE is a regional event hosted by SADiLaR and the ESCALATOR programme aiming to support the development of an active community of practice in Digital Humanities (DH) and Computational Social Sciences (CSS) in South Africa.
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Each event will be open to participants from the relevant regional South African institutions as listed on the respective event pages. Dedicated spaces will be available to representatives nominated by the Humanities & Social Sciences Dean or Library Director from each university.
Additional spaces will be available by application.
Humanities and social sciences researchers as well as computational researchers at all career stages
Humanties and social sciences lecturers interested in renewing curricula to include digital and computational components
Postgraduate students in humanities and social sciences and computational research wanting to grow their networks
Deans, directors, and other research managers keen to learn about opportunities for growing digital and computational research and sharing challenges
Librarians and archivists involved in DH or CSS projects or supporting humanities and social sciences researchers
Anyone working in a humanities and social sciences research environment providing support or infrastructure for digital and computational research
Presenter: Prof Heather Brookes (Chair, Department of General Linguistics, Stellenbosch University)
Participants will gain experience in using ELAN to annotate video and audio recordings. No prior experience needed. ELAN (European Distributed Corpora Project Linguistic Annotator) is an annotation tool that allows users to create, edit, visualise and search annotations for video and audio data. ELAN is specifically designed for the analysis of language, sign language, and gestures, but it can be used for multi-media, video and/or audio data, for the purposes of annotation, analysis and documentation. Read more about ELAN at https://tla.mpi.nl/tools/tla-tools/elan/.
Presenter: Prof Menno van Zaanen (Digital Humanities Professor, SADiLaR)
In this workshop we will take a look at some fundamental skills that will get you started on your journey with text mining. To kick off, we will learn how to tell the computer what to search for. We will start out with simple search operations and explore their limitations. After that, we will look at more complex search operations. We will also introduce the first data wrangling steps for example converting text data into other formats for further processing. The workshop is accessible to humanities and social sciences students and researchers with no prior exposure to programming. We will not be covering any advanced text mining strategies or tools. Skills learned will be applicable in other aspects of research such as well, e.g. literature reviews.
Please note that there are no costs involved to participate in DH-IGNITE. Conference fees for participants who are either nominated for participation by their faculties or library directors, or who are accepted through the open application system, will be sponsored by SADiLaR via the ESCALATOR programme.
Travel, accommodation, dinner, and other incidentals will be for faculties/departments/participants own cost.
Participants will have to sign a no-show fee form confirming that they will be liable to refund SADiLaR for conference costs should they not attend the conference without valid and timely communication with the programme team.