Centre's Digital Humanities experts at Summer School again

Centre's Digital Humanities experts at Summer School again

Centre researchers will once again be playing a significant role in the teaching of the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS), this year taking place at Keble College from 2-6 July.

DHOxSS is the largest DH summer school in Europe, with 219 participants from over 26 countries registered for 2018. It was recently described by an AHRC-commissioned report as the de facto national training provider for digital humanities. The Summer School showcases digital research from around the University and promotes the sharing of digital humanities skills and knowledge.

Professor of e-Research David De Roure is convening a new workshop, Quantitative Humanities – applying data science methods in humanities research, which has sold out. The workshop will demonstrate the use of data science methods in humanities scholarship and equip participants to apply these methods in their own work. Participants will use a wide range of data including the Oxford English Dictionary, the Bodleian First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, Early Modern Letters Online, and the William Godwin Diaries. Professor De Roure will be assisted in the teaching by Centre alumni Dr Alfie Abdul-Rahman and Iain Emsley.

There are seven other workshops covering Musicology, Linked Data, Crowdsourced Research, the Text Encoding Initiative, Data Curation, Text Processing, plus the very popular Introduction to Digital Humanities.

Dr Kevin Page (pictured above), who is leading the Digital Musicology strand, will also lead sessions on Linked Data during the Introduction to Digital Humanities and Linked Data workshops, introducing the principles and technologies behind Linked Data, illustrated through examples from Digital Musicology, including a complete live annotation of Wagner's Ring.

Dr Page will be joined on the Musicology strand by Centre researchers Dr David Weigl and David Lewis, who explore uses of Linked Data and semantic technologies to enrich digital music information and support and extend its exploration and sharing.

Pip Willcox, who has convened the Introduction strand for several years, will be leading a special trip to the Weston Library on Monday, where participants will learn about the development of the Bodleian Student Editions workshops, which introduces University students to items from the library’s Special Collections. She will develop this further later in the week by looking at the texts as both structured, machine-readable data and human-usable collections.

Centre researcher John Pybus, who works on the Fusing Audio and Semantic Technologies project, will assist Centre alumna Dr Terhi Nurmiko-Fuller on the Linked Data for Digital Humanities workshop strand. John has been part of many projects building technology to support research in the Humanities, with a particular interest in the application of semantic web technologies.