The Historical Association of South Africa in collaboration with NWU eResearch would like to invite researchers, postgraduate students, and postdoctoral research fellows to participate in the first Digital Humanities workshop offered in conjunction with their annual conference.

The three-day hands-on practical workshop will be facilitated by Dr Adam Crymble, a a lecturer of digital history at the University of Hertfordshire and co-founder of the Programming Historians initiative. The Python module will be facilitated by Mr Petri Jooste, lecturer and IT manager at the North-West University School for Information Technology.  The workshop aims to provide participants with an opportunity to learn about tools related to data management, digitisation, text-mining, data analysis and more. For full details please read the course outline.


20 - 22 June 2016


8:30 - 16:30 daily


Room 123, Building 11b, Vanderbijlpark Campus, North-West University, Vanderbijlpark (


R500 (three-day workshop)


Please contact Ms Petra Lawson at to register.


No prior programming knowledge is required. The workshop will be presented at a novice level.


Light lunch and coffee/tea will be provided

What to bring:

All participants should bring their own laptop (any operating system) and power supply along

Course content:

The workshop will cover the following topics:
  • Workshop 1 – Adding Value to Digital Records
  • Workshop 2 – What is XML and why should you care?
  • Workshop 3 –Building a Virtual Archive and Exhibit with Omeka
  • Workshop 4 – Introduction to programming in Python
  • Workshop 5 – Building Digital Maps with Google Fusion Tables
  • Workshop 6 – Extracting Keywords from Texts

Lesson materials:



We would like to thank our sponsors who have made this workshop possible: