Digital Past 2015

We’re proud to announce that Software Alliance Wales will be supporting Digital Past 2015 on the 11th and 12th February 2015. The conference, organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), will showcase digital technologies for data capture, interpretation and dissemination of heritage sites and artefacts. Related Workshops

The Conference now in its seventh year attracts students, professionals and individuals from across commercial, public and third sector organisations who want to investigate the latest technical survey and interpretation techniques. 

Ken Skates AM (Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism) & Kate Clark (Cadw) will deliver the keynote address.  Attendees will also be invited to participate in a series of workshops, including ‘Quick and Dirty Historic GIS’ and Quick Guide to Open-Source Topic Modelling which will be delivered by Software Alliance Wales’ workshop developers.

Digital Past is a great opportunity for IT professionals, academics and key decision-makers across the cultural heritage sector to work together to develop the digital humanities skills demanded by employers and, at the same time, to offer employees with these high value skills a rewarding career in the fast growing knowledge economy.

James Witts explains his Topic Modelling workshop:

“The written word is growing at an increasing rate in a variety of formats, making manual interpretation of a large collection of texts increasingly difficult. Topic modeling is a process which allows programs to define and cluster words which could be similar in nature into topics, which is then proportioned against the documents used to create the model. With the assistance of topic modeling tools such as Mallet, analysts can quickly discover the overall meaning of collections of documents, as well as train machine learning models to classify previously unclassifiable documents. Technology has enabled us to extract and transform documents into a format suitable for topic modeling, and to demonstrate its usage we will use a script to extract a collection of diary entries by Samuel Pepys, a civil servant based in London in the 1600s. With this information to hand, we can then use Mallet to uncover a variety of topics from the collection in order to interpret and investigate their meaning within the diary.”

Dr Roisin Mullins  -- SAW Academic lead based at UWTSD concluded:

Our workshop developers are finalising their exciting presentations to make for stimulating discussion and activities about the use of text analytics and GIS tools in the heritage sector.  We have responded to the demand for training and developing skills in these areas on the SAW project and they complement the work we do at UWTSD in Lampeter on the Digital Humanities degree courses.

For all of the latest news and a comprehensive schedule of events taking place during Digital Past 2015 visit the official website.