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DAY 1: Tuesday 23rd October 2012

Venue: Croke Park Stadium, Dublin

Hogan Suite, 5th Floor

09:00 - 09:30

Registration, Refreshments, Demonstrations

09:30 - 10:00


Luke Drury, President, Royal Irish Academy
Sandra Collins, Director Digital Repository of Ireland
Natalie Harrower, Manager of Education & Outreach, Digital Repository of Ireland

10:00 - 11:30

Panel 1: The Importance of Digital Humanities

Why is Digital Humanities important and relevant? What are the challenges? What are the benefits being realized?

Chair: Sandra Collins, Director Digital Repository of Ireland

Curtis Wong, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
Fiona Ross, Director National Library of Ireland
John Keating, Associate Director An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth
Hans Walter Gabler, Emeritus Professor Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany
William Kilbride, Executive Director Digital Preservation Coalition UK

11:30 - 12:00

Refreshments & Demonstrations

12:00 - 13:00

Launch and Address - Minister Sean Sherlock, TD

Mr. Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills with responsibility for Research & Innovation will launch two documents of national interest:

DRI Report Presentation by:

Aileen O’Carroll, Digital Repository of Ireland Policy Manager
Sharon Webb, Digital Repository of Ireland Requirements Analyst

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch & Demonstrations

14:00 - 15:30

Panel 2: Case Studies in Action

Organisations that are showcasing Digital Humanities; Novel approaches

Chair: Shawn Day, DHO Project Manager, Royal Irish Academy

Múirne Laffan, Managing Director RTÉ Digital
Jon Purday, Senior Communications Advisor Europeana
Stuart Jeffrey, Deputy Director Archaeological Data Service UK
Hans Jansen, Deputy Director General National Library of the Netherlands

15:30 - 16:00

Refreshments & Demonstrations

16:00 - 17:30

Panel 3: Partnerships Achieving More

Academic-Public-Industry partnerships achieving more; Large-scale digital goals and challenges

Chair: Natalie Harrower, Manager of Education & Outreach, Digital Repository of Ireland

Catriona Crowe, Head Special Projects, National Archives of Ireland
Peter Doorn, Director Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), Netherlands
Clifford Lynch, Director Coalition for Networked Information
John Cox, University Librarian, NUIG
Ashok Popat, Research Scientist, Google

17:30 - 18:00

Closing Remarks

Tom Boland, Chief Executive, The Higher Education Authority (HEA)

18:00 - 19:00

Wine Reception



DAY 2: Wednesday 24th October 2012

Venue: Royal Irish Academy, Dublin

09:00 - 09:30

Registration & Refreshments

09:30 - 09:45

Welcome and Introduction to Day 2

Laura Mahoney, Acting Director, Royal Irish Academy
Shawn Day, Digital Humanities Observatory
Natalie Harrower, Education & Outreach Manager, Digital Repository of Ireland

09:45 - 11:15

Panel 1: Intellectual Property, Licensing, Copyright

What you can and can not do with data

Chair: Seathrún Ó Tuairisg, NUIG PI for the Digital Repository of Ireland

Mary Muldowney, Founding Member of the Oral History Network of Ireland
Gary Davis, Deputy Data Protection Commissioner
Eoin O’Dell, Chair Copyright Review Committee
Andrea Martin, Irish Media & Entertainment law specialist
Rónán Mac Con Iomaire Leascheannaire RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta

11:15 - 11:45


11:45 - 13:15

Panel 2: Semantic Web and Linked Data for Digital Humanities

Why would you use linked data?

Chair: Jodi Schneider, DERI, NUI Galway

Stefan Decker, Director DERI, NUI Galway
Silver Oliver, Senior Data Architect, BBC
Michael Smethurst, Information Architect, BBC
David De Roure, Director and Professor of e-Research in the Oxford e-Research Centre
Anders Söderbäck, Stockholm University Library

13:15 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:15

Panel 3: Digital Humanities Skillset

Digital Humanities skills transfer; Industry perspective; Learning resources and skills assessment

Chair: Sharon Webb, Digital Repository of Ireland Requirements Analyst

Susan Schreibman, Long Room Hub TCD
Marie Wallace, Social Analytics Strategist IBM
Catherine Bruen, Manager National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR)
Aja Teehan, Technology Officer An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth

15:15 - 15:45


15:45 - 17:00

Panel 4: Expressing the Value and Impact of Digital Humanities Research

Chair: Luke Drury, President, Royal Irish Academy

Simon Tanner, Deputy Head, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London
Nicholas Canny, Emeritus Professor NUIG & Ex-President RIA
Jennifer Edmond, Director of Strategic Projects, Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, TCD
Eucharia Meehan, Director Irish Research Council


17:00 - 17:15

Closing Remarks, Findings and Discussion of Digital Humanities Challenges & Opportunities

Sandra Collins, Director, Digital Repository of Ireland

17:30 - 19:00

Wine Reception



DAY 3: Thursday 25th October 2012

Venue: An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth

09:00 - 10:00

Registration & Refreshments

10:00 - 10:15

Welcome and Introduction to Day 3

John Keating, Associate Director An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth
Shawn Day, Project Manager Digital Humanities Observatory

10:15 - 13:00

Hands-on Skills Workshops

Workshop options (see descriptions)

Note: there will be a break from 11.30 – 11.45 for refreshments

13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 16:30

Hands-on Skills Workshops

Workshop options  (see descriptions) Note: these are a repeat of the morning workshops.

Note: there will be a break from 15:00 – 15:15 for refreshments


Conference social media:

Twitter hashtag: #RODH2012  (handle: dri_ireland)
Facebook: @digitalrepositoryireland
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Live streaming of talks courtesy of HEAnet: