A motivating talk by Lorna Hughes at R.C. Athena: From ‘Digital Humanities’ to ‘Research Infrastructures’

Digital Curation Unit – Athena R.C. hosted, on Wednesday, March 2nd 2016, a talk by Lorna Hughes, Professor of Digital Humanities and DCU Visiting Scientist 2016, entitled From ‘Digital Humanities’ to ‘Research Infrastructures’.

What are the core elements of ‘digital humanities’? How digital research infrastructures can best serve what is called the ‘digital turn’? How do we communicate digital humanities research? How do we facilitate access to digital content? Those are some of the issues around which evolved the talk of Professor Hughes, addressing the challenges coming with the expansion of digital cultural heritage.

Lorna Hughes

This expansion has enabled innovative approaches to representing spatial and temporal aspects of primary source materials, but there are still numerous challenges, especially in accessing and using digital heritage. Professor Hughes focused principally on the role of digital research infrastructures and how they might address the core elements of digital humanities, namely the content, the methods and the tools. According to Professor Hughes digital research infrastructures need to evolve around three axes: (1) better access to digital content, (2) open content for the use and re-use of digital content and (3) better environment enabling the use of hybrid and complex material and data. Finally, Professor Hughes also discussed the role of Europeana.eu in the digital research space as well as some important new developments internationally to support the use of digital content, tools and methods for research.