Digital Humanities Observatory
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The Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) is a research project of the Royal Irish Academy and a constituent part of the Humanities Serving Irish Society (HSIS) initiative. It provides expertise and knowledge to digital research projects in the arts and humanities in Ireland. Through a variety of activities and processes, such as the annual DHO Summer School, practice-based workshops, seminars, symposia and consultations the DHO helps researchers in Ireland be aware of and stay current with developments in the creation, use, and preservation of digital resources. The DHO has developed DRAPIer, a database of digital research projects in Ireland and more recently DHO:Discovery, a portal to collections of Irish cultural artefacts.
The DHO carries out outreach activities such as:
- Summer & Spring Schools
- Week-long workshops that allow scholars undertaking digital projects to develop their skills, share interests, and work towards common goals
Workshops, Master Classes and Seminars offered have included:
- Introduction to Content Management Systems
- Data Visualisation for Research Analysis
- Data Visualisation for Presentation
- Introduction to PHP
- Introduction to the Semantic Web
- Metadata - Working with Data about Data
- The Idea of an Irish Digital Scholarly Imprint
- Geospatial Methods for Humanities Scholars
In 2011 the DHO launched DHO:Discovery, a gateway to Irish digital collections and resources, information and knowledge. It aims to increase the visibility of the rich resources that exist at the HSIS partner institutions and national cultural bodies, allowing users to easily browse and create connections between a variety of digital collections. Using display tools such as Exhibit and Google Charts, statistical data and visualisations not present on the collections' own sites are made available to the academic community. DHO:Discovery is designed to provide an infrastructure to assist in providing greater digital access to the humanities community in Ireland.