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1. Introduction

The Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School is a five day course introducing a range of digital research components to researchers, project managers, research assistants, or students working on any kind of project concerned with the creation or management of digital data for the humanities.

The summer school is a collaboration for Digital.Humanities@Oxford between Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS), Oxford e-Research Centre (OERC), e-Research South, the Bodleian Library, and Wolfson College Digital Research Cluster, under the direction of Sebastian Rahtz and James Cummings at OUCS.

The summer school takes place from 25th-29th July 2011, and is based at Wolfson College, Oxford. Residential accommodation is not included in the registration fee.

Please contact us by email on dhss@oucs.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions about the summer school.

The programme will consist of:
  • Two parallel streams of morning practical sessions using the well-equipped It teaching facilities at OUCS
  • Two parallel streams of afternoon workshops at Wolfson College concentrating on techniques and best practice
  • Guest lectures from Digital Humanities experts about their research projects

Topics include:
  • Best practice for digital linguistic corpora
  • Building queryable document-based websites
  • Creating community collections and digital outreach
  • Creating digital texts in XML using the TEI
  • Digital genetic editions in TEI
  • Digital Images for the Humanities
  • Digital library technologies and best practice
  • Getting funding: quality, impact, sustainability.
  • Introduction to copyright and open licensing
  • Introduction to document/project modelling
  • Introduction to XML databases
  • Managing Digital Humanities Projects
  • Practical RDF modelling and conversion
  • Publishing XML files using XSLT
  • RDF querying and visualization
  • TEI for linking text and facsimiles
  • Tools for analyzing linguistic corpora
  • Google Visualization API
  • Working with audio files

2. Programme

The schedule (also available in ICS Format) comprises:

Time Monday 25 July Tuesday 26 July Wednesday 27 July Thursday 28 July Friday 29 July
09:00 - 09:30 Registration Registration Registration Registration Registration
09:30 - 12:30 Creating digital texts in XML using the TEI (Part 1) Working with audio files Creating digital texts in XML using the TEI (Part 2) RDF querying and visualization (Part 1) Publishing XML files using XSLT (Part 1) RDF querying and visualization (Part 2) Publishing XML files using XSLT (Part 2) Digital Images: sourcing, adapting, and safe keeping An introduction to XML databases Visualizing data sets for the web (with Google's Visualization API)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:30 - 15:30 Modelling with RDF “...and now what?” Some approaches to project modelling. Best practice for language corpora Managing Digital Humanities Projects TEI for linking text and facsimiles Tools for analyzing linguistic corpora Digital genetic editions in TEI The A,B,C of crowdsourcing a community collection Impact as a Process: Considering the reach of resources from the start Digital library technologies and best practice
15:30 - 16:00 Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break Tea Break
16:00 - 17:00 Practical RDF modelling and conversion Introduction to copyright and open licensing Best practice for language corpora (Continued) Getting funding: quality, impact, sustainability. TEI for linking text and facsimiles (Continued) Tools for analyzing linguistic corpora (Continued) Digital genetic editions in TEI (Continued) Building queryable document-based websites Impact as a Process: Considering the reach of resources from the start (Continued) Digital library technologies and best practice (Continued)
17:00 - 18:00 Providing documents on the web: experience from legislation.gov.uk
Jeni Tennison
"The Uneasy Pursuit
of the Future
of the Book" and
"Building and
Maintaining a
Team Approach
in a Rapidly-
Advancing Area
of R.&D."

Ray and Lynne Siemens
Linking transcriptions to spoken audio
John Coleman and Sergio Grau Puerto
Visualization in Flatland
Min Chen
Towards Web-Scale Analysis of Musical Structure
David De Roure
Evening

Suggested Evening Events:

Drinks Reception

Suggested Evening Events:

Drinks Reception

Suggested Evening Events:

3. Workshop Participants and teachers

Participants should be generally computer literate (web, email, word-processors) for this course. They should be enthusiastic about the possibilities offered by digital technologies and keen to learn more, be prepared to get their hands dirty at the keyboard and should not be afraid of a little technical jargon.

The course will be taught by research support staff from OUCS, OeRC and the Bodleian Library including
  • Christine Madsen, Bodleian Library
  • Lou Burnard, Adonis, France
  • Neil Jefferies, Bodleian Library
  • Alexander Dutton, CLAROS developer, OUCS
  • David Baker, IT Learning Programme, OUCS
  • David Robey, Digital Humanities Consultant, OeRC
  • James Cummings, InfoDev (Research Support and Data Solutions), OUCS
  • Joe Wicentowski, Historian, Department of State, USA
  • John Pybus, OeRC
  • Martin Wynne, Oxford Text Archive, OUCS and OeRC
  • Rowan Wilson, Open Source Advisory Service
  • Ruth Kirkham, OeRC
  • Sebastian Rahtz, Head of Information and Support Group, OUCS
  • Stephen Eyre, IT Learning Programme, OUCS
with the assistance of many other experts from across Oxford.
Guest lecturers for the plenary sessions at the end of the day will be:
  • David De Roure, Professor of e-Science at OeRC, with Kevin Page
  • Jeni Tennison, UK eGov guru
  • John Coleman, Director of the Phonetics Laboratory, with Sergio Grau
  • Min Chen, Professor of Visualization at OeRC
  • Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Professor of English at the University of Victoria, with Lynne Siemens

4. Booking / Registration

Unfortunately booking and registration for the summer school has closed for this year.

5. Accommodation

Bed and breakfast accommodation is available at Wolfson College in comfortable en-suite rooms, and can be booked directly with the college through the Events and Conference Manager (email events@wolfson.ox.ac.uk, tel: +44 (0)1865 274083). Please quote 'DHSS' as the event.

There is still some bedroom availability at Wolfson College for the early dates of the Summer School (Sunday through Tuesday nights), but the latter dates are sold out. A Waiting List is being held by Wolfson Conference Office, in case vacancies arise.

Although Wolfson College is the recommended accommodation, there are other hotels, guest-houses and B&Bs. The Daily Info, Oxford site may be of help in finding them.

6. Evening Events

Included in the programme will be some optional evening events. We will have drinks receptions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, but other events are taking place in Oxford at the same time, and we've made some recommendations. These are simply events happening in Oxford during the time of the workshop that we think you might enjoy and are provided as suggestions for your consideration. We are not responsible for any of the events and cannot book you on those events.

7. Workshop Materials

Workshop Materials, including wherever possible the slides of the talks and exercises will be made available for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution License.



Date: April 2011
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