SPQR a digital legacy: what Sebastian Patrick Quintus Rahtz did for us

September 27, 2016 - 10:00 to 17:00
Leonard Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD

  • Registration required
  • Open to all
  • Lunch provided

Sebastian Rahtz (13 February 1955-15 March 2016) was Chief Data Architect for the University of Oxford and a member of Wolfson College and its Digital Research Cluster. The event celebrates some of his many and varied achievements.

Further information about Sebastian is available here.

This event is free to attend and lunch will be provided. Register for the event here.

As a tribute to Sebastian we are asking attendees to wear brightly coloured shirts/blouses.


From 10:00- Coffee available in the Buttery

10:30-12:30 Morning Session in the Lecture Theatre
Welcome to the college: Donna Kurtz, Anne Trefethen, Leonor Barroca
Sebastian's contributions to the Text Encoding Initiative: Lou Burnard, James Cummings, Hugh Cayless (video link from TEI Council meeting in Vienna)
Sebastian's work with the Protestant Cemetery in Rome (video link from Rome)
Archaeology: Leif Isaksen, Paul Rilley, Gary Lock
SPQR and computer archaeology: the early years
Memories of Sebastian: Sebastian's contributions
to the world of TeX & LaTeX, as recalled by his many friends and co-contributorsPhil Taylor
The lexicon of Greek Names: Robert Parker

From 12:30-  Buffet lunch in the Haldane Room 

14:00-16:00 Afternoon session
Sebastian and OSSWatch: Rowan Wilson
OpenData: Alex Dutton
Linked Heritage: Donna Kurtz
What Sebastian taught us: Joseph Talbot
Digital Humanities: David De Roure and Pip Willcox

Followed by tea and cakes in the Haldane Room