Digitization of Philippine Periodicals and DH Training
24 October 2017
VLIR-UOS recently awarded ACDC members Mike Kestemont, Dirk Van Hulle, and Rocío Ortuño a TEAM grant for collaborative project with the University of the Philippines.
This project will combine an exchange of DH expertise and training with a specific digitization project of rare Philippine newspapers and magazines.
The project aims to improve the competitiveness of Philippine Humanities research in a globalized world, including the possibilities of student and professional mobility offered by the ASEAN confluence, by training faculty members and students in the field of Digital Humanities.
The first and crucial step towards this objective (1) is the digitization of materials and the creation of a freely accessible environment with user friendly search facilities. Several periodicals published before World War II are in a rpecarious state of preservation and, located in Metro Manila, they are not accessible to all universities in the Philippines. By digitizing these periodicals and hosting them in a freely accessible online repository, they could be made available to all peripheral universities, and used in DH related research.
Subsequently, (2) training in DH will be provided at different campuses of the University of the Phillipines System. This training fits in the Philippine government's priority for promoting digital literacy both among scholars and the larger public. It also allows the University of the Philippines to participate in the global emergence and collaborative hallmark of DH.