VALA Events 2022: Under the Hood with Gale

“Under the Hood” is a collaboration between VALA and members of our loyal vendor community to provide GLAM IT practitioners with a real look at the structure and mechanics of technology solutions, products and works in progress. This is not a sales pitch, but an opportunity to test drive, analyse and contribute to the development of real solutions for our industry.

“Under the Hood” will be delivered as a Zoom webinar, free to attend for anyone in the VALA network. We will enable live Q&A and the event will be recorded for free VOD at any time. To maximise access from all ANZ timezones, the live event will be scheduled between 12.00 midday and 1.00pm AEST.

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Topic: Under the Hood with Gale Digital Scholar Lab: Open New Research Pathways

Emerging from the field of humanities computing with its origins in the late 1940s, digital humanities (DH) is, in many ways, still a growing discipline. With that growth comes a mix of exciting opportunities for researchers and libraries, as well as a host of challenges still to overcome.

When performing analyses, finding, cleaning, and organising data, natural language processing (NLP) for historical texts is often a daunting task, especially when looking to generate meaningful results. Gale Digital Scholar Lab removes these barriers and streamlines the workflow process, allowing researchers to spend more time identifying previously undiscovered data, testing theories, analysing results, and gaining new insights.

For researchers, DH scholarship is fueling new ways of interrogating content, analysing insights, and outputting discoveries, and is fundamentally shifting how scholars partner together to make new types of research possible. Collaboration is a key driver of change as people with diverse backgrounds and skills come together to address common barriers related to applying new computing tools to content that may not always be prepped and accessible.

Speaker: Damian Almeida, Training Executive and Digital Humanities

As the Training Executive for Gale, Damian is responsible for assisting Gale’s customers with any training that is required on the Gale product line. This includes all Gale Databases, Primary Sources platforms and also the Gale Digital Scholar Lab. Damian is passionate about training and spent the last decade helping customers get the best use out of Gale products via In-Person Training or Online Webinars.

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Outline of the presentation:  Damian will conduct a powerpoint demonstration of the Gale Digital Scholar Lab concept followed by a live demonstration looking at the bare bones of the Lab and how it works, what it does etc.

  • What is the Gale Digital Scholar Lab?
  • What type of users will find this product helpful.
  • What types of resources can be used in the Gale Digital Scholar Lab



Online Zoom Webinar

FREE to attend for members and non-members.

Registration is essential. Registration will be confirmed via email.


Those seeking to cancel a registration are encouraged to contact the VALA Secretariat asap – registration numbers are limited for this event, and we appreciate prior advice if you are unable to attend. Please Email: or Tel: 03 9844 2933.


Wednesday 28 September, 12.00 midday -1.00pm AEST.