We officially launched the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities yesterday! James Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation gave a brilliant speech with strong opinions on creativity, culture, and online content (which you can read the full text of). The Guardian have already covered this – and we are eagerly awaiting responses from cultural and heritage institutions, making the case for freely available digital content as opposed to the paid for model championed by James – as well as considering our thoughts on the matter.
The event went swimmingly – UCL was looking handsome in the early summer sunshine, the champagne flowed, and there were many distinguished guests who we were able to explain the role, focus, and impact of Digital Humanities to. At dinner afterwards, I sat beside the newly appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt. It was great to have the opportunity to explain why our field matters, and to showcase the varied research interests we have.
Update: there is quite a lot of media coverage about this.
- Why James Murdoch was wrong to attack the British Library, in the Guardian
- “British Library newspaper archive plan riles Murdoch” in the Independent
- Google knows internet can no longer be free, says News Corp’s James Murdoch
in This is London