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Digital tools for the impatient historian

A workshop at the 2013 Australian Historical Association annual conference

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Led by Tim Sherratt (@wragge)

More and more primary source material is becoming available online — so much so that it can be overwhelming. Who has time to explore it all? Fortunately there’s a range of new digital tools to help you manage, analyse and publish your research. But who has time to learn about them?

This is a workshop for the time-poor researcher who’s heard about digital history but never quite had the time to find out what it means. In three hours we’ll try a few tools, share a few techniques, explore a few possibilities and help you work out where to go next.


Wednesday 10 July, 1.30-5.00 pm (with a break for afternoon tea)


The University of Wollongong (more details soon)

What you need

We’ll be trying a few hands-on examples, so to get the most out of the workshop you’ll need a laptop on which you can install some software.


$20 (numbers limited to 30)

Wifi access

EduRoam will be available to conference guests. However it will only be available if you come from an EduRoam affiliated institution/university. Information on EduRoam at UOW can be found at:

If you’re visiting UOW from another participating eduroam institution, you should configure eduroam on your device before you visit. You will use your institution’s user name and password to connect via EduRoam from our campus. Please contact your local help / support team to obtain setup instructions particular to your institution.

If you do not have EduRoam Wireless see the registration desk for information on guest accounts.


Digital dimensions: an intensive, hands-on workshop for the DH curious

Workshop, University of Queensland, 13–15 November 2012

Led by: Dr Tim Sherratt (@wragge)

So you’ve heard about the digital humanities, you might have even been playing around with a few tools, but now you want to go further. This workshop will help you explore the digital dimensions of your research project.

The aim of this intensive 3-day workshop is to help you find out how digital tools and technologies can expand or support your research in the humanities. The first day will introduce some basic topics such as: assembling your digital toolkit, establishing a web presence, using version control, understanding regular expressions, exploring texts, and running your own server.

It’ll then be up to you to decide upon a particular tool or technique that you want to apply to your own research project. For the rest of the workshop, I’ll guide you as you start building, hacking, analysing or deploying. Along the way we’ll stop and share our problems and inspirations. By the end you’ll have some hands-on experience and lots of possibilities to explore.


You’ll get the most out of this workshop if you bring along a laptop that you can install software on. I’ll be demonstrating a few tools and it will make it much easier if you can install them on your own computer to get some hands-on experience.

At a minimum, you’ll need:

We’ll also be using the following tools, you can install them now, or wait until the workshop:

It would be handy if you could also create user accounts at: