HISTORE workshop: breakout group 2

The second set of notes from the HISTORE workshop comes from Group 2.  This group was chaired by Mark Merry, who is responsible for several IHR digital projects and is a key training officer for our research training courses.


Group 2 (chaired by Mark Merry)

  • Training in digital tools in the humanities needs to begin earlier in students’ lives – even at undergrad level – they should be viewed as fundamental research skills and given as much weight as non-digital skills tuition
  • That is, tuition should be about logic and engagement and transferable methodologies, and about taxonomies and topic modelling
  • There is a need to teach concepts, broad approaches and the ‘theory’ of digital tool usage as the tools themselves become obsolete too quickly for the training to be about the specifics of any one tool – we should be striving to inspire people to train themselves as much as ‘showing them how to do it’
  • There needs to be more training to raise awareness about the existence of appropriate tools and toolkits
  • Online training should be privileged ahead of face to face – for simple convenience and to reach researchers without institutional affiliation
  • Academics could learn from the tools available to ‘amateur’ researchers as well as their proficiency with the techniques and approaches involved
  • Training should comprise demonstration not lecturing – both in terms of the goal of the training (i.e. to show what is possible) and in terms of the medium of the training resource (screencasting etc.)