Serendipity often plays a significant role for humanities researchers – or at least their research tends to incorporate the making of what appear to be accidental or fortuitous connections between apparently unrelated phenomena. In a digital environment dominated by the single search box, how can this kind of approach be encouraged and designed for?
In a free public talk tomorrow night, Dr Toby Burrows will discuss the idea of serendipity in the context of humanities research processes. His talk will examine the implications of new techniques for organizing knowledge for humanities research, including ontologies, social tagging and graph databases.
Toby Burrows currently holds a European Union Marie Curie Fellowship in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. He was previously the manager of the eResearch Support Unit in The University of Western Australia Library. He has been involved in a series of Australian projects to develop digital infrastructure for humanities researchers, notably the national Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI).
For details on Dr Burrow’s talk, or to book a seat, visit: www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/burrows
WHAT: Public Lecture 'Serendipity in the Digital Humanities'
WHEN: 6pm, 24 June 2015
WHERE: Webb Lecture Theatre, Geography Building, UWA
Audrey Barton (Marketing and Communications Officer, UWA IAS) (+61 8) 6488 4797