I am about to leave soon to do my annual pilgrimage to the Digital Humanities conference, this time held in Hamburg in Germany. I will also be attending the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at Oxford in the UK. I am looking forward to it; although I am still struggling with the key things I want to say in my paper in Hamburg which is in the category ‘Digital Humanities: Nature and Significance’ so fairly broad ranging. I am discussing the tensions between ‘digital humanities’ and ‘eResearch; a subject I should be able to speak on with some authority considering I have worked in eResearch agencies and centers for the past 5 years or so as an advocate to digital humanities approaches to computing. It is just a matter of getting the balances right I suppose, defining the tensions between the two communities without drawing battle lines. And is it just a paper at a conference; so I won’t necessarily solve the problem, but I need to make a clear case as to what the problem is and how I am addressing it.
I am going direct from Heathrow in London on the Thursday of the DH Summer Institute and then meeting friends for drinks on that nights. There are a couple of papers that I want to see on the Friday; especially the session on how to put on a Summer School. Not that we have the capacity to do so at the moment, but is has been something that has been discussed as a part of the work of the aaDH. After Oxford, I will go back to London on the Saturday and then I am staying in Hoxton Square for a couple of nights. Then the train to Amsterdam, then a visit to Europeana, a project in the Hague where I will stay the night, then the train to Berlin where I will stay the weekend, then the train to Hamburg. I am renting a room in a shared apartment as this is mostly a self-funded trip so a little more intrepid that usual. Then after the conference, the Easyjet back to London for the weekend and then home again. I can’t wait. I am looking forward to this trip to EU more than most.