Centre staff at Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School

Centre staff at Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School

The Digital Humanities Summer School has taken place at Oxford since 2008, starting off with a Text Encoding Initiative focus and expanding to other topics in 2011.

The Summer School offers training to anyone with an interest in the Digital Humanities, including academics at all career stages, students and project managers. This year 185 participants from over 30 countries will converge at St. Anne’s College to discuss the latest in research and practice in Digital Humanities.

As well as the Centre's Admin Team managing the Event organisation and communications for the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School this year, Centre researchers will be presenting during the week on a number of different topics:

One of the three Directors of the Summer School, Centre Director Professor David De Roure is leading one of the eight sold-out workshop strands, Social Humanities: Citizens at Scale in the Digital World, which aims to prepare participants to design and deploy citizen science projects for the humanities and understand new digital opportunities for humanities research.

Along with digital humanities experts from other institutions, Professor De Roure will be joined by Senior Researcher Pip Willcox during the week. Pip, who is also one of the Directors of the Summer School, is convening and presenting the popular Introduction to Digital Humanities strand, and will be joined by many other speakers during the week incuding David De Roure, Ségolène Tarte, Alfie Abdul-Rahman, Kevin Page and Iain Emsley from the e-Research Centre.

During the course of the week they will give presentations and lectures on markup, XML and the Text Encoding Initiative; reproducible research, working with digital images, Linked Data and Visualization for Digital Humanities.

Dr Kevin Page is once again leading the Digital Musicology workshop, providing an introduction to computational and informatics methods that are successfully applied to musicology. The workshop comprises a series of lectures and hands-on sessions, supplemented with reports from musicology research exemplars. Researchers David Lewis and David Weigl will join him for some of the workshop, giving sessions including using computers to analyse recordings, using computer analyses to index and find recordings and an introduction to programming in Python. The workshop will conclude with a round table discussion on digital musicology in research, with Kevin Page, David Lewis, David Weigl, Tim Crawford (Goldsmiths University of London) and Andrew Hankinson (McGill University).

Professor De Roure and Dr Page will also be guest lecturing on other workshop strands during the week, including Humanities Data: A Hands on Approach, which is convened by Megan Senseney and Andrea Thomer.

The Centre’s Technical Lead for Humanities Project, John Pybus, is presenting the Linked Data strand with Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller, lecturer in Digital Humanities at the Centre for Digital Humanities Research at the Australian National University, and Visiting Academic at the Oxford e-Research Centre.

Dr Nurmikko-Fuller says, "The Summer School is a wonderful place to teach because it gives me the chance to talk all week long about a specific niche in the digital humanities that I’m very passionate about. I think the Summer School is an amazing, really in many ways unique, opportunity for members of the digital humanities global community to get together”.

There are a further 3 strands during the Summer School: Data Science for the Humanities: Exploring Machine Learning led by Arno Bosse, Anton Antonov and Christopher Wolfram; From Text to Tech with Barbara McGillivray; and Introduction to Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative, led by James Cummings of Oxford IT Services. James is the founding Director of the Summer School, having developed it from the earlier TEI Summer School led by the late Sebastian Rahtz. This year we are honoured to award the Sebastian Rahtz poster prize to commemorate Sebastian’s many contributions to Digital Humanities in Oxford.

The Summer School also incorporates a number of evening events, including the TORCH lecture, this year with guest speaker (and Oxford e-Research Centre visiting researcher) Emily Howard

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The Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School would not be possible without its sponsors, who include the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, IT Services and TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities), the Software Sustainability Institute and AHRC (the Arts and Humanities Research Council).