MarineLives is now actively seeking PhD students in History and associated fields like English, Geography, Historical Linguistics, Sociology and Anthropology to participate in four online SKYPE forums to be held beginning in the last week of November, 2012.
The PhD Forum will consider the potential relevance of High Court Of Admiralty records, as revealed by the substance of HCA 13/71 (1656-1657) to four broad research areas and to the specific research interests of participants. The research areas of interest are: (1) Material & Cultural (2) Commercial & Legal (3) Geography & Trade (4) Language with a separate SKYPE forum held for each area.
These forums will assist us in understanding the research questions relevant to forum members that can be addressed using tools such as semantic markup, data mining, and data linking. This input will influence the second phase of our project between January and March, 2013.
We will gain an understanding of how forum members would like to interact with the data, on completion of transcription and markup, influencing the specification and implementation of our production server and software, as well as the data formats to be utilised in further phases of the project.
In addition, we hope that the forums will establish linkages between the project team and the wider research community while at the same time raising awareness of the rich research potential of HCA materials.
As part of these forums, we will provide the participants with advance access to our project resources such as the digitised images of HCA 13/71 (1656-1657), the first cut transcriptions as they go up and are then edited, the MarineLives project dictionaries and the project manual.
In return, participants in the forum will commit to one 90 minute online SKYPE conference call. Each PhD Forum member will participate in only one forum.
Briefing notes will be distributed to each participant in advance and prior reading of this document and assessment of the project resources would also be required to contribute meaningfully to the forum. Notes taken of the discussion will be distributed to participants after the event, with the opportunity to respond further to the points raised in writing.
This is a terrific opportunity for PhD students to participate in an exciting digital project and we would welcome your involvement to help shape the future direction of MarineLives. If you are interested in participating, you can sign up by emailing email@example.com with details of your areas of study and interest.
There are limited places available in the forum so please note that the deadline for confirming participation is Friday, November 2, 2012.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Richard Blakemore, Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, University of Exeter
Dr. Liam D. Haydon, University of Manchester
Philip J Hnatkovich, PhD Student, Pennsylvania State University
Gordon O’Sullivan, M.Phil Student, Digital Humanities and Culture, Trinity College Dublin
Laura Seymour, PhD student, Birkbeck College, University of London
PhD Forum Convenors MarineLives