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LP-06: Long Paper Session
Wednesday, 09/Aug/2017:
10:00am - 11:30am

Session Chair: Johanna Drucker
Location: Leacock 219
Leacock Building 855 rue Sherbrooke ouest

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Cultural (Re-)formations: Structuring a Linked Data Ontology for Intersectional Identities

Susan Brown1, Colin Faulkner1, Abigel Lemak1, Kimberly Martin1, Alliyya Mohammed1, Jade Penancier1, Robert Warren1,2

1School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph, Canada; 2School of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton University

The Orlando Project in feminist literary history incorporated an intersectional understanding of identity categories from the outset. Translating Orlando’s XML data into linked open data (LOD) to make it accessible, interoperable, and amenable to a range of analytical approaches requires an ontology that will serve both Orlando and the broader research community hosted by the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC). This paper outlines the CWRC ontology design, the challenges and implications of shifting from semi-structured to structured data for the representation of identity categories in a linked data context, and strategies for linking to external ontologies.

Less intent, more impact: Transforming public DH projects toward access, care, and inclusion

Amanda Visconti

Purdue University Libraries

Good intent carries no guarantee of a positive impact on the world. For digital humanities designers and makers building projects that face or involve public audiences, we have an extra scholarly and human responsibility for all the repercussions of our work. Focusing not on what we mean to create, but on how our work could both positively and negatively affect others, enables a more caring, accessible, and inclusive DH. This paper explores the mistakes, successes, and next steps of the Infinite Ulysses participatory digital edition as specific examples of how DH impacts the world, and how we can tweak our research to make our DH community more caring, accessible, and inclusive both for our colleagues and for the public.

Digital Humanities, Cultural Heritage and Social Justice: the case of a destroyed Armenian cemetery

Harold Short

Australian Catholic University, King's College London

This paper concerns the virtual reconstruction of an ancient Armenian cemetery at Julfa in Nakhichevan, now part of Azerbaijan and completely destroyed by Azeri troops in 2005. The Julfa Cemetery project has limited primary source materials to work with, and cannot invoke crowd sourcing of photographs, unlike a number of current projects of this kind.

The paper will consider the role of digital scholarship in addressing issues of social justice as well as preservation of cultural heritage, the challenges in using old photographs of variable format and quality to create 3D models, and issues in the 3D construction methods adopted to create the project's first immersive models, shown in Rome in September 2016 and extended and presented subsequently in Australia and elsewhere.

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