“Points, lines, cells, polygons: What does “data” mean to a humanist?”
a discussion with Stuart Dunn, King’s College London, co-hosted by the Berkeley Digital Humanities Working Group and DH @ Berkeley
Monday, October 27th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
‘Data’ means something quite specific in computer science and social science, but for humanists it often means something much more complex. In archaeology for example, it corresponds relatively well to objects, finds, findspots, locations, grid maps etc; but to a literature scholar it might mean marked up text, concordances, and word counts. How do these different definitions of data inflect our workflows and our research? How might we respond to increasingly monolithic definitions of ‘data’?
Stuart Dunn is a Lecturer in Digital Humanities at and visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis . He is archaeologist with wide ranging interests in digital methods and spatial humanities. His current projects include spatial narrative theory, Cypriot cultural heritage and the archaeology of movement. Stuart gained a highly interdisciplinary PhD on Aegean Bronze Age chronology from the University of Durham in 2002, conducting fieldwork and research visits in Melos, Crete and Santorini. Having developed research interests in GIS, he subsequently became a Research Assistant on the AHRC’s ICT in Arts and Humanities Research Programme, and in 2006, moved to King’s to become a Research Associate at the Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre, after which he became a Lecturer. Stuart leads numerous projects in the area of visualisation, GIS and digital humanities. You can find his blog at http://www.stuartdunn.wordpress.com.
image credits: (1) (2) Matthew Lincoln, “ Networks of the Smithsonian American Art Museum ” (3) “Sanitary and social chart of the Fourth Ward of the City of New York, to accompany a report of the 4th Sanitary Inspection District”, IMG: 5056960 from The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division, NYPL, (4)