Working with the Great Parchment Book: Digitisation and Primary Historical Texts

DHI is very excited to host  a public Lecture by Professor Melissa Terras on the 31st October 2014.

Melissa will be discussing the Great Parchment Book of the Honourable The Irish Society, a major survey compiled in 1639 by a Commission instituted by Charles I, of all the estates in Derry, Northern Ireland, managed by the City of London through the Irish Society and the London livery companies. Damaged in a fire at London’s Guildhall in 1786, it has been unavailable to researchers for over 200 years. The manuscript consists of 165 separate parchment membranes, all damaged in the fire. Uneven shrinkage and distortion has rendered much of the text illegible. Traditional conservation alone would not produce sufficient results to make the manuscript accessible or suitable for exhibition, the parchment being too shriveled to be returned to a readable state. Much of the text is visible but distorted; following discussions with conservation and imaging experts, it was decided to flatten the parchment sheets as far as possible, and to use multi-modal digital imaging to gain legibility and enable digital access (

  • Time and place
  • 9.30 to 10.45am
  • 31st October 2014
  • Linkway, 4th Floor John Medley Building,
  • The University of Melbourne

This talk by Melissa Terras (one of the members of the GPB project) will look at issues involving using advanced imaging methods within cultural heritage, particularly regarding the relationship the resulting model has to the primary historical text. Using the Great Parchment Book as a focus, she will ask how best can we integrate multi-modal imaging into our humanities research practices? What issues are there for both research and practice?

Professor Melissa Terras is Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London. Her presentation will include an overview of the advanced imaging technologies used in projects such as the Great Parchment Book (, and the virtual shipping gallery at the Science Museum in London.

THATCamp Melbourne 2014, Registrations Open!


Registrations now open for Melbourne THATCamp 2014!

THATCamp, Melbourne, 2014, will be held at the University of Melbourne on the 10-11 October, 2014 (Free event!)

THATCamp is all about participation, discussion, and fun through fostering a productive, collegial environment. The program for THATCamp is created and managed by participants on the day who vote on the sessions proposed.

In preparation for the event we ask you to start thinking about some potential topics to workshop on the day. The core theme of THATCamp Melbourne is pedagogy, although any aspect of digital humanities work is welcome.

To get the ball rolling, here are some suggestions: ‘blended learning’ in humanities teaching,  spaces for learning with technology, the creation, access and critical use of digital resources in teaching; grading and assessment through learning management systems,  social media in the humanities, for instance sentiment analysis, visualisation of historical phenomena, or MOOCs in the DH.

We look forward to your proposals,

Kind regards,

Amanda, Craig, and Fiona

Announcement: DHA2014: Perth 18-21 March, 2014

The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) is pleased to announce that Perth, Western Australia, has been selected as the location for the second Digital Humanities Australasia conference.

“DHA2014: Expanding Horizons” will be held 18–21 March 2014, co-hosted by The University of Western Australia and iVEC. The local organisation committee will be chaired by Professor Jenni Harrison of iVEC and the program committee chaired by Professor Hugh Craig, aaDH and The University of Newcastle.

The Call for Papers for DHA2014 will be posted soon.

41st Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference

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25-28 Perth, March 2013


The Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Annual Conference is the major international event in the calendar for scholars, specialists and experts in the field of informatic applications to archaeological, historical and cultural heritage scholarship.

The 41st Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology ACROSS SPACE AND TIME Conference (CAA 2013 Perth), for the first time in Australia, will explore a multitude of topics to showcase ground-breaking technologies and best practice from various archaeological, historical, cultural heritage and informatics disciplines, with a variety of case studies from all over the world. Some of these topics are specific to the Australasian region and include the application of computer science to cultural heritage management, historical archaeology, landscape archaeology, maritime archaeology, and rock art.

The conference will be held at the University Club of Western Australia, Perth (Western Australia), from 25th to 28th March 2013.

Registration to the CAA 2013 Conference is open: the Early Bird fee deadline is February 7th 2013.

For more information about the conference please visit the web site:

For general information please email the conference Chair, Dr Arianna Traviglia:

The CAA Organisation

The Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) is an international organisation that brings together a range of scholars and specialists in the fields of archaeology, ancient history, cultural heritage, mathematics and computer science aiming to provide interdisciplinary communication and stimulate discussion.

With an international presence of over forty years the CAA’s annual conferences have continuously provided for the facilitation of interdisciplinary communication and discussion, as well as the building of lasting professional relationships. The Organisation therefore has a long-standing record of projecting new and innovative developments in the realm of archaeology, cultural heritage, history, arts and related disciplines.

For more information about Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology organisation please visit the CAA International Home Page: