[Humanist] 28.811 schools & courses: corpus methods; XML

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Fri Mar 13 07:27:18 CET 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 811.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Payne, Ansel (aap3x)" <aap3x at eservices.virginia.edu>     (15)
        Subject: COURSE: Study XML this summer at Rare Book School

  [2]   From:    "Hardie, Andrew" <a.hardie at lancaster.ac.uk>               (24)
        Subject: Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities
                - Call for Participation

        Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:40:11 +0000
        From: "Payne, Ansel (aap3x)" <aap3x at eservices.virginia.edu>
        Subject: COURSE: Study XML this summer at Rare Book School

Greetings from Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia!

This summer, we're excited to offer a practical course on the creation, preservation, and use of electronic texts and their associated images in the humanities, with an in-depth focus on Special Collections materials. Taught by David Seaman, Associate Librarian for Information Management at Dartmouth College Library, "XML in Action: Creating Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Texts" will be aimed primarily (although not exclusively) at librarians, publishers, and scholars keen to develop, use, publish, and control electronic texts for library, research, scholarly communication, or teaching purposes.

The week will center around the creation of a set of archival-quality etexts and digital images (texts such as eighteenth and nineteenth century letters, which are short enough to allow each participant to take an entire document through all its creation stages during the course). Topics include: XML tagging and conversion; using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines; Unicode; metadata issues (including a discussion of METS and Open Archives Initiative harvesting), project planning and funding; and the manipulation of XML texts using stylesheets for re-publishing HTML, in ebook formats, and in PDF.

Rare Book School is currently accepting applications for this course (offered 5–10 July 2015 on the University of Virginia campus), and for more than thirty additional courses on all aspects of book history and bibliography. To apply, please visit myRBS (http://cacsprd.web.virginia.edu/RBSApp), set up your account, and submit your application materials. For general information on the application process, visit the RBS Application & Admissions page (http://www.rarebookschool.org/applications/).

If you have any questions about either the course or the application proces, please contact us at rbsprograms at virginia.edu<mailto:rbsprograms at virginia.edu>.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Ansel Payne, Ph.D.
Program Assistant
Rare Book School, at the University of Virginia
114 Alderman Library/POB 400103
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4103
T: 434-243-2912, F: 434-924-8824
RBS Main T: 434-924-8851

www.rarebookschool.org http://www.rarebookschool.org

        Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2015 20:53:30 +0000
        From: "Hardie, Andrew" <a.hardie at lancaster.ac.uk>
        Subject: Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities - Call for Participation

Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities
Lancaster University, UK
14th to 17th July 2015

Call for Participation

We are pleased to announce the first Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities. This free-to-attend summer school is taught by an interdisciplinary group of Lancaster University scholars from departments including History, English and Creative Writing, Linguistics and English Language, and Computing and Communications.

Across the Arts and Humanities, a number of parallel trends are developing new methods, especially digital methods, for reading text and texts. We see this in the form of the Digital Humanities enterprise, but also in renewed interest in different forms of Distant Reading.

Thus there exists a growing need for advanced digital-methods training for Arts and Humanities researchers. Meanwhile, a set of effective tools and techniques have been developed within the discipline of Corpus Linguistics which can answer this methodological need, allowing jointly qualitative-quantitative analyses which go beyond statistical summary to a critical engagement with text and context.

The Lancaster Summer School in Corpus Methods for the Humanities has been inaugurated to help explore and extend the benefits of these approaches for researchers, particularly PhD students and other junior researchers, in arts and humanities fields.


The programme consists of a series of intensive two-hour sessions, some involving practical work, others more discussion-oriented.

Topics include: Introduction to corpus linguistics; Corpus tools and techniques; Collecting corpus data; Foundational techniques - linking quantitative results to qualitative analysis; Foundational techniques – keywords; Foundational techniques – collocation; Studying social history with corpora – prostitution in the 17th century; Using corpora in early modern Literary Studies; Spelling variation – problems, analysis and solutions; Studying conceptual history using EEBO-TCP; Exploring Shakespeare's language with corpus techniques.

Speakers include: Alison Findlay, Stephen Pumfrey, Jonathan Culpeper, Ian Gregory, and Tony McEnery.

This is one of five co-located Lancaster Summer Schools in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods; see the website for further information:


Who can attend?

This event is aimed at junior humanities researchers - especially PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Anyone with an interest in the analysis of large-scale textual resources – will find this summer school of interest.

How to apply

The Summer School is free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited.

The deadline for registrations is Sunday 7th June 2015.

The application form is available on the event website:


as is further information on the programme.

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