History of Reading / RED workshop
22-23 February 2013, Victoria University of Wellington

In February 2013 Wai-te-ata Press hosted a two-day history of reading workshop at Victoria University of Wellington.  Participants included academics, digital technology professionals, and postgraduate students from VUW, and visiting book historians from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Day One began with a group discussion about book history scholarship in New Zealand, and was followed by a series of research presentations by local and visiting scholars. Day Two began with a group discussion about reading experience sources, and some of the approaches that could be used to represent reading experiences in a public-facing Reading Experience Database. This was followed by a research presentation by Donelle McKinley, on “Functionality and usability requirements for a crowdsourcing task interface that supports rich data collection and volunteer participation / A case study: The New Zealand Reading Experience Database”. The workshop concluded after in-depth group discussion about the methodological and technical considerations of a Reading Experience Database.


Inaugural NZ-RED Workshop
2-3 December 2010, Victoria University of Wellington

The NZ-RED project launched with a two-day workshop on the occasion of the visit of the UK-RED team and the official hand-over of the Reading Experience Database project software. The workshop brought together various eResearch experts and subject specialists to help share resources and build project capability including Dr Bethany Nowviskie, Director of Digital Research and Scholarship, University of Virginia Library; Dr Rob Nelson, Associate Professor History, University of Windsor; and Professor Jonathan Vance, Canada Research Chair in Conflict and Culture, University of Western Ontario. We are grateful to KAREN [Kiwi Advanced Research & Education Network], REAANZ [Research and Education Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd] and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington for sponsoring this event.

Workshop programme