DH Downunder

4-8 December 2017

Update: full timetable and room information is now live.

(Quick link to registration)

DH Downunder is a Digital Humanities / Digital Research Methods Summer Institute in the tradition of DHSI and similar international summer institutes. We provide training in cutting edge Digital Research topics. People with all kinds of backgrounds are welcome, including students, academic staff, PhD and postdoctoral researchers, librarians and professional staff. The classes have a humanities/social sciences orientation, but people from other disciplines are also welcome. If you are a Western Sydney University student, talk to us about getting course credit for attendance.

In 2017 DH Downunder takes place from 4-8 December, on the campus of Sydney University. It is co-hosted by the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University, with classes also offered by colleagues from the University of Newcastle, the Australian National University, and the University of Victoria in Canada.

For convenience, the programme is offered as a selection between week-long ‘streams’ of related classes that are likely to appeal to people with certain interests. It is also possible to take a ‘mix-and-match’ approach if you would like to put together your own programme from the classes offered. While it is encouraged to attend for the whole week, we understand that people have other pressures on their time, and it is possible to register for only a single class. There is a reduced registration cost for this.



It is recommended to choose one of these. But if you prefer you may mix and match from the individual classes in the full programme further down.

All room numbers mentioned below are in the John Woolley Building of the Sydney University Camperdown campus (map).

  1. Linked data and the semantic web (capped at 10 participants!):
  2. Programming and scripting
  3. Digital Cultural and Social Research
  4. Data analysis and visualisation

Full programme for those who prefer to mix and match. The classes listed on the same morning or afternoon run parallel to each other, so you can only take one class on each morning or afternoon.

Details about each class and a bio for the presenters are available here.

On the Monday morning, please arrive at from 9:00am for a 9:30 welcome in Lecture Theatre N395 in the John Woolley Building (which is the building where all the classes are held). The classes themselves will commence after the brief welcome.

Please note: due to a scheduling error, the Mobile Apps class is now only a half day, on Friday afternoon. Apologies for the inconvenience.


(Colours denote blocks of the same class, i.e. if you attend Linked data on Tuesday morning, you should also attend it on Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons. You cannot attend Collectors and Collections II without having attended Collectors and Collections I, etc. If sessions are not colour-coded to match, it may be possible to attend the second session without having attended the first. E.g. “Intermediate Programming” does not require “Intro to code”, as long as you have sufficient programming background to understand the more advanced material.)

There are a number of related events happening the week of DH Downunder and the preceding week as well:


You can register through the Western Sydney University OneStop payment system. If you are registering for only a single day, or if you are taking a 'mix and match' approach to the program, or wish to substitute one recommended class for another, please tck 'other' under 'stream' on the registration form, and email the organisers at r.hendery@westernsydney.edu.au with the details of the classes you plan to attend.

Registration for the week costs $100 if you register by November 17 (earlybird). It is $150 after this.

Registration for a single class only is $50 by November 17 (earlybird), or $75 thereafter.

In order to keep registration costs low, the registration only covers reimbursement of travel costs for those teaching the classes. There is no catering provided, but there are a variety of excellent coffee and food outlets on Sydney University campus, and we have scheduled long enough breaks for you to find refreshments.