[Open Hours Discussion] Data Wrangling and Digital (in)Security | David Hood

Join us on Friday 28th June as we host another Open Hours session between 1 and 2pm at the Digital Humanities Hub | Te Pokapū Matihiko o Te Kete Aronui!

This week’s discussion is with David Hood who works in Human Resources as an Adviser in IT Training and Development. In this position he is responsible for training students and staff in a variety of software applications, and included in this are classes on how to stay safe in the digital environment. However, in his spare time, David is a digital activist, using publicly available data to highlight or unravel misconceptions in social and political issues in the media.

David will discuss some of his data discoveries – including his findings when the alt-right Canadian speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern’s visit to New Zealand caused havoc in the Twittersphere.

[Open Hours Week 6] Digital Literacy

Join us on Friday 30 November for a one-hour discussion between 12 noon and 1 pm at the Digital Humanities Hub in the sixth of our weekly Open Hours!

There are no readings for this week’s session, but some of the information below is up for discussion.


There are many  definitions of  “Digital Literacy”.

Two excellent large-scale projects have created similar iterations of the concept.

The JISC Project refers to ‘Digital Capabilities’ and is aimed more specifically at Higher Education. It puts ICT proficiency at the centre of the model.

JISC Project





The UNESCO Digital Literacy Global Framework (DLGF) project aims to “develop a methodology that can serve as the foundation for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) thematic Indicator 4.4.2”  (p.5).  This is one component of UNESCO’s SDG 4  –  “Quality Education” and is a large-scale project which aims to create a global framework leading to ‘better employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship in disparate contextual settings’.

UNESCO Global Framework of Reference on Digital Literacy Skills for  Indicator 4.4.2

(see table 5 for Digital Competencies)

Librarians have traditionally taught ‘Information Literacy,’ but how much ‘digital literacy’  instruction are we responsible for, and (how) should the university deal with upskilling its staff and students?

Links for discussion.

Beyond Fake News

Wall St Journal: Blue Feed, Red Feed

All Aboard: Digital Skills in Higher Education

Calling Bullshit (University of Washington)

WHEN: 12pm – 1pm, Friday 30 November 2018

WHERE: Digital Humanities Hub, Room 1W3, First Floor, Arts Building

WHO: Anyone in the University community – there’s no advance registration required, but we always appreciate knowing in advance if you are planning to come along!

LIBRARIAN: Judy Fisher judy.fisher@otago.ac.nz