Welcome to Digital Humanities:Technology Transforming Cultural Heritage (Part 1: Remaking the Past), an undergraduate elective module in Digital Humanities at Maynooth University. This is a semester-long module and will engage with the theories and practices fundamental to the intersections between cultural heritage and the digital humanities. Lectures are held from 16.00-17.00 on Mondays and tutorials are held from 16:00-18:00 on Wednesdays throughout the first semester of the year. These three hours of class time will allow for the presentation of theory in lectures, and practice-based group work in labs and tutorials.
The module is divided into two parts. In the first half of the semester, students will be introduced to key topics within the digital humanities, such as the modelling and representation of data, quantitative methods and the construction of online narratives. This will be done in order to assist students in the construction of a StoryMap of soldiers who were enlisted in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers regiment based on information derived from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and cross-referenced with the Soldier’s Wills archive. In the second half of the term, students will be introduced to theories concerning museums in the digital age, such as museums and movement, issues of digital copyright and ownership, and digital storytelling. This will be alongside tutorials where students will be assisted in the development of a mobile app to construct an app to complement the exhibits within the Science Museum, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
This module’s approach is therefore dual in nature, exploring technologies and methodology while reflecting on these practices’ theoretical implications. Students will be expected to engage fully with this praxis-based learning.