Doctor Jason Ensor

Doctor Jason Ensor

Research & Technical Development Manager - Digital Humanities,
Dean's Unit - School of Humanities & Comm Arts

Biography

I am Research & Technical Development Manager, Digital Humanities, for the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney, where I provide vital research management and technical expertise as well as enabling, developing and coordinating Digital Humanities projects. 

I have been engaged in digital humanities (humanities computing) research for over a decade. I am proficient in the key technologies and approaches commonly used in digital humanities and digital history projects –such as creating, modelling and manipulating structured data; developing tools to search, query, retrieve and display structured data using relational databases and standards-compliant web-delivery services; Geo-Location; XML and related technologies; designing and writing programs and interfaces which facilitate content creation and web publication. I am fluent in HTML5, JQuery, PHP and MySQL and comfortable configuring and managing LAMP servers. In my research I am particularly interested in systems and strategies for measuring and benchmarking research impact across disciplines; the evaluation gap between "born digital" scholarship and traditional research outputs; digital cultural mapping, geo-temporal analysis and big data in humanities scholarship; the interaction between consumerism, technology and cultural transformation; the future of books projected from an historical perspective and from current product developments; the predictive role of creative work in book formats; and open business models in academic publishing.

I studied at Murdoch University, Perth Australia, and have held positions at The University of Queensland, Curtin University of Technology, The Australian National University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia. Most recently, I was a Data Analyst in Research & Development at Murdoch University (Perth) and Technical Officer for the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at The Australian National University (Canberra). In Perth I administered Murdoch University’s ERA (Excellence in Research Australia) complete ERA2 data submission. In Canberra I led the design and development of one of the largest digital history and knowledge management projects in the field of Australian Indigenous History.

I am Director of Electronic Resources for the international Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP). I am a Founding Editorial Board member for The Anthem Book History and Print Culture Series (UK) and I am a Chief Investigator (CI-3) with Simon Burrows (CI-1) on the ‘Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment’ Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project (AUD $460K, 2016-2017). I regularly contribute to The Conversation on matters related to research impact and rethinking scholarship in the digital age. I was Conference Director for DH2015.

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Qualifications

  • PhD Murdoch University
  • MA University of Queensland
  • PGDip(Aus Studies) University of Queensland
  • BA University of Queensland

Professional Memberships

  • Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (2013 - 2017)
  • DHCommons (CenterNet) (2014 - 2016)

Interests

  • Australian Studies
  • Collaborative e-Research
  • Digital Humanities
  • Humanities GIS

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Humanities & Comm Arts

Contact

Email: J.Ensor@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 9891
Mobile:
Location: EQ.G.28
Parramatta
Website:

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Publications

Books

  • Ensor, J. (2012), 'Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930-1970 : the getting of bookselling wisdom', : Anthem Press 9780857285669.

Chapters in Books

  • Nile, R. and Ensor, J. (2009), 'The novel, the implicated reader and Australian literary cultures, 1950-2008', The Cambridge History of Australian Literature, Cambridge University Press 9780521881654.
  • Ensor, J. (2009), 'Is a picture worth 10,175 Australian novels?', Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture, Sydney University Press 9781920899455.

Journal Articles

  • Maor, D., Ensor, J. and Fraser, B. (2016), 'Doctoral supervision in virtual spaces : a review of research of web-based tools to develop collaborative supervision', Higher Education Research & Development, vol 35, no 1 , pp 172 - 188.
  • Ensor, J. (2011), 'Angus & Robertson and the case of the "Bombshell Salesman"', Script and Print, vol 35, no 2 , pp 69 - 79.
  • Ensor, J. (2010), '"A policy of splendid isolation" : Angus and Robertson, George G. Harrap and the politics of co-operation in the Australian book trade during the late 1930s', Script and Print, vol 34, no 1 , pp 34 - 42.
  • Ensor, J. (2009), '"Still waters run deep" : empirical methods and the migration patterns of regional publishers' authors and titles within Australian literature', Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian/New Zealand Literature, vol 23, no 2 , pp 197 - 208.
  • Ensor, J. (2008), 'Reprints, international markets and local literary taste : new empiricism and Australian literature', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol Special Issue 2008, no The Colonial Present , pp 198 - 218.

Conference Papers

  • Robbins, S. and Ensor, J. (2016), 'Strategic publishing using Journal Finder', Victorian Association for Library Automation. Biennial Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne, Vic..

Research

In his research Jason is particularly interested in systems and strategies for measuring and benchmarking research impact across disciplines; the evaluation gap between ‘born digital’ scholarship and traditional research outputs; digital cultural mapping, geo-temporal analysis and data-use in humanities scholarship; the interaction between consumerism, technology and cultural transformation; the future of books projected from an historical perspective and from current product developments; the predictive role of creative work in book formats; and open business models in academic publishing.

Jason’s latest book, Angus & Robertson and the British Trade in Australian Books, 1930–1970: The Getting of Bookselling Wisdom (2012), examines the literary, economic and cultural interdependence between Australian and British publishers during the twentieth century. Other more recent publications include: ‘Strategic Publishing Using Journal Finder’ (2016), a library sciences approach to organising existing information relating to journals and impact in ways that are relevant to the Australian situation; ‘Doctoral Supervision in Virtual Spaces’ (2016), a synthesis of research on combining digital technology with pedagogy in order to innovate doctoral supervision; ‘Is a Picture Worth 10,175 Australian Novels?’ (2010), a cultural studies analysis of technology use in humanities research; ‘Still Waters Run Deep: Empirical Methods and the Migration Patterns of Regional Publishers’ Authors and Titles within Australian Literature’ (2009), a study of 100 years of publishing in Australia; and ‘The Novel, the Implicated Reader and Australian Literary Cultures, 1950–2008‘ (2009), a study of Australian fiction by examining the way it has been moulded by the publishing industry, including pulp publishing, and the changing tastes of readers (cited in Australia.Gov.Au).

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Current Projects

Title: Mapping Print, Charting Enlightenment
Years: 2016-06-13 - 2018-06-12
ID: P00022619
Western Researchers: Simon Burrows, Paul Arthur and Jason Ensor
Funding:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Title: Ageing Creatively: Creative Writing as a Tool for Healthy Ageing
Years: 2015-03-01 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00022526
Western Researchers: Anthony Uhlmann, Paul Arthur, Christopher Davis, Denis Burnham, Esther Chang, Hazel Smith, Jason Ensor, Rachel Hendery, Rachel Morley and Melinda Jewell
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney

Previous Projects

Title: Developing a Sustainable Model for the Preservation of the 'Mutual Cultural Heritage' of Dutch who made Australia and New Zealand Home [via Curtin Uni - no funding to Western Sydney Uni]
Years: 2015-01-15 - 2015-01-31
ID: P00023164
Western Researchers: Jason Ensor
Funding:
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Media

Title: Read it and weep: the book trade needs more than parallel import restrictions
Description: The Conversation
Title: Research is a public good
Description: Interview, Radio Adelaide 101.5FM
Title: University metrics keep academics in their ivory towers
Description: The Conversation
Title: The benefits of research aren t just economic
Description: The Conversation

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