[Humanist] 24.641 events: interoperability of tools

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Jan 10 09:59:18 CET 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 641.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 09:30:39 +0100
        From: Joris van Zundert <joris.van.zundert at huygensinstituut.knaw.nl>
        Subject: Bootcamp 6: Call for Participation (28 February - 4 March 28 2011, TU Darmstadt, Germany)
        In-Reply-To: <AANLkTik2-pyiws9CkuDmyO-ViZozHLByojFSkSf=SSiS at mail.gmail.com>

Interedition 6th Bootcamp: 28 February - 4 March 2011


Interedition (http://www.interedition.eu) is a COST (http://www.cost.eu)
funded Action whose objective is to further the interoperability of tools
in digital scholarship. Interedition is raising the awareness of the
importance of interoperability as a major driver for sustainability for
tools and data in the field of digital scholarship. This activity takes two
forms: firstly, meetings in which researchers in digital scholarship can
network their knowledge of tools and the possibilities for their
interoperability; secondly, the development of proof-of-concept
implementations of interoperable tools. These proof-of-concept tools are
the focus of Interedition's periodic bootcamps, which offer the open source
development community in the humanities opportunities to meet, network, and
exchange knowledge.


Interedition is inviting all interested to participate in the upcoming
Development Bootcamp, which will take place from 28 February to 4 March
2011 at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. The bootcamp is being
organized by a joint group from TU Darmstadt and the Universität Trier:

- Andrea Rapp (Darmstadt)
- Thomas Burch (Trier)
- Vera Hildenbrandt (Trier)
- Julianne Nyhan (Trier)
- Oliver Schmid (Trier)

The primary objective of the bootcamp is the development of prototypes for
interoperable 'microservice' tools for text scholarship and digital
editions.  Much of the work will focus on the first Interedition prototype
tool, CollateX, described in more detail below; development on other
related tools will also be welcomed. Another important objective is to give
developers and early stage researchers an opportunity to meet and share
their own projects and experiences with tool interoperability in textual

Some examples of projects to be undertaken at the bootcamp include:

For CollateX:
- Further development work on the core
- Creation of a test harness and robust test suite

For related work:
- Use of the collation service to analyze topic maps, and compare the
 semantics of text
- Development of shared back-end protocols that would allow for
 interoperability of text transcription tools
- Proof-of-concept creation of a full microservice-based toolchain for
 the production and initial publication of digitally edited text

COST Action IS0704 'Interedition' is offering bursaries to early stage
researchers (< Ph.D. + 10 years) and developers that want to join the
bootcamp. The bursaries will consist of an 100 Euro per diem allowance and
will cover travel expenses fully (limitations apply).

If you are interested in participating in the bootcamp, please send an
email to joris.van.zundert-AT-huygensinstituut.knaw.nl<http://joris.van.zundert-at-huygensinstituut.knaw.nl/>by
**24 January
2011**. You don't need an intricate motivation, but please state your
affiliation, and add a very short (certainly not more than 200 words)
description of your current or related development work in digital
humanities. Please note that if you do join the bootcamp, some formal
paperwork will be necessary to get you the bursary - but until now all
participants passed that test with flying colors.

Monday 28 February
 - Introduction of participants and projects
 - Introduction to CollateX and the principles of microservices
 - Division of Tasks/Labor
Tuesday 1 March
 - Hacking
Wednesday 2 March
 - Hacking
Thursday 3 March
 - Unconference on participants' projects
 - Hacking
Friday 4 March
 - Hacking
 - Documentation
 - Ungathering on
  - Interoperability of tools [and data?] for digital humanities
  - Supporting the Open Source Development Community in Digital Humanities
 - Round up, reporting

The Interedition team has recently (July 2010) released version 0.9 of
CollateX, a webservice-enabled text collation engine that will be of use to
a wide range of digital humanities projects. This release is the result of
the work done during the fourth Interedition Bootcamp in April 2010 in
Italy and is the first official release of CollateX. It features baseless
multiple witness alignment, parallel segmentation and handling of
transpositions. It can export an alignment table as a critical apparatus in
TEI format. CollateX is available as a Java application and has Python
bindings available, but it is primarily designed to be run as a REST
webservice using the Tomcat or Jetty webserver. More information can be
found on http://collatex.sourceforge.net.

Mr. Joris J. van Zundert (MA)
Alfalab / Huygens Institute IT R&D Team
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Contact information at http://www.huygensinstituut.knaw.nl/vanzundert

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