Sharing Session on Metadata in the Digital Humanities: Who’s Using What?

On 5th May 2017 (2pm to 6pm), the Digital Scholarship team from NUS Libraries hosted a sharing session on “Metadata in the Digital Humanities: Who’s Using What?” in Central Library Theatrette 1, organised in collaboration with Dr. Miguel Escobar Varela from the Department of English Language and Literature. See presentation abstracts here.

About 83 people attended the session, comprising of mainly research and library communities from academic and state institutions. Aside from setting up a platform for researchers to meet, we hope to create space for dialogue between researchers and librarians, as librarians seek to facilitate the access, discovery, interoperability, preservation and reusability of digital scholarship. We were honoured to have the following distinguished presenters and spread of topics:


Sun Guangyuan
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, NTU

Using Metadata to Describe Research Data for Data Curation: Issues and Challenges

A/P Christopher Khoo
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, NTU

Ontology for Graphical Representation of Social Science Research Using a Graph Database

Chan Shan Shan
Resource Discovery & Management, National Library Board

Linked Data @ National Library Board

A/P Andrea Nanetti
School of Art, Design and Media, NTU

Visual Knowledge Aggregation: Metadata Standards From Static to Dynamic Information Systems in Library Contexts

Dr. Kim Ick-Hoi
Department of Chinese Studies, NUS

Spatial Metadata for Geospatial Cyber-infrastructure

Dr. Jude Yew
Department of Communications and New Media, NUS

Apophenia: A Platform to Crowdsource Metadata in a Collective Memory Repository

Dr. Miguel Escobar Varela
Department of English Language and Literature, NUS

Interoperability for Theatre Research

Based on feedback collected, the biggest takeaways include:

  • “The great potential for digital humanities projects and studies”
  • “Interesting to learn about the existing work being done and identifying shared research interests”
  • “Better understanding of metadata issues from the producers’ and users’ points of view”
  • “Geospatial information and metadata standards”
  • “Data management, curation and interoperability”
  • “State politics and sustainability of public projects”
  • “Fantastic networking opportunity and meeting practitioners from both the library and academic fields”

What are some digital humanities topics of interest in our local context? Here’s a word cloud generated from input by event registrants.

We would like to express our deep gratitude to our presenters who contributed to this enriching session, especially to Dr. Miguel who conceptualised the theme and speakers, and to our participants for the support and lively discussion.

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact us.

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