The Digital Humanities Symposium attracts a full house of participants from the library profession


Date: 03 Nov 2017 (Friday)


Library professionals gather at HKBU to discuss digital humanities


Representatives from across the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee of the eight local universities gathered at HKBU for the Digital Humanities Symposium organised by the HKBU Library on 27 October. Two distinguished speakers from the Yale University Library were invited to share their valuable insights with participants.

Digital humanities is a dynamic and exciting field of research and teaching that explores the multi-disciplinary landscape of academia. Speaking at the symposium, Director of the Yale University Library’s Digital Humanities Lab Dr Peter Leonard elaborated on his interpretation of what digital humanities is and the reasons for setting up a Digital Humanities Lab at Yale University and many of its interesting projects. Associate Director for Access and Research Services at Yale University’s Robert B Hass Family Arts Library Ms Lindsay King went on to talk about how she employed text-mining techniques to extract meaning while working on the Robots Reading Vogue project. 

In addition, three HKBU faculty members also shared their digital scholarship projects at the symposium. Professor Kara Chan from the Department of Communication Studies, School of Communication spoke on her project entitled “Materialism among children and youth in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore”. The collaborative project by Assistant Professor of the Department of Geography Dr Kevin Lo with WWF-HK and Greenpeace, namely “Hong Kong Solar Map as a tool for facilitating the adoption of PV systems website”, aims at encouraging the adoption of solar photovoltaic panels in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Professor Ian Aitken from the Academy of Film, School of Communication took the audience through many of the elements of his project “Documentary Film in South and South-East Asia Research Programme“ and explained how he worked with the Library to achieve his goals.


數位人文學是結合電腦運算或資訊科技新方法來進行人文學的研究、教學、出版等學術工作。耶魯大學圖書館數位人文學實驗室所長Peter Leonard博士於會上分享了他對數位人文學的詮釋,以及耶魯大學成立數位人文學實驗室的原因和過去處理的一些有趣項目。耶魯大學Robert B Hass Family Arts Library Access and Research Services 副所長Lindsay King女士亦跟與會者分享她如何運用文件探勘的技術,協助進行Robots Reading Vogue項目。

此外,三位浸大學者亦於會上簡介了他們與浸大圖書館合作的數碼研究項目。傳理學院傳播系陳家華教授負責的項目名為「Materialism among children and youth in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore」;地理系助理教授盧笛聲博士與世界自然基金會香港分會和綠色和平合作的項目「Hong Kong Solar Map as a tool for facilitating the adoption of PV systems website」,主要是推廣太陽能板的使用。傳理學院電影學院Ian Aitken教授則介紹了他與圖書館合作的項目「Documentary Film in South and South-East Asia Research Programme」。