[Humanist] 29.57 events: digital history; textual communities

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Mon May 25 07:33:43 CEST 2015

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 57.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    "Robinson, Peter" <peter.robinson at usask.ca>               (10)
        Subject: First textual communities workshop

  [2]   From:    Adam Crymble <adam.crymble at gmail.com>                     (38)
        Subject: London Digital History seminar (Tuesday)

        Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 07:08:02 +0000
        From: "Robinson, Peter" <peter.robinson at usask.ca>
        Subject: First textual communities workshop
        In-Reply-To: <20150429051452.BE77A621F at digitalhumanities.org>

Textual Communities Workshop, 
KU Leuven 11 and 12 June 2015
Museumzaal (MSI 02.08, Erasmusplein 2, 3000 Leuven)

This workshop will serve three overlapping purposes.

First, it will introduce the Textual Communities system for creating scholarly editions in digital form. Textual Communities allows scholars and scholarly groups to make highest-quality editions in digital form, with minimal specialist computing knowledge and support.  It is particularly suited to the making of editions which do not fit the pattern of “digital documentary editions”: that is, editions of works in many manuscripts or versions, or editions of non-authorial manuscripts. Accordingly, Textual Communities includes tools for handling images, page-by-page transcription, collation of multiple versions, project management, and more. See the draft article describing Textual Communities athttps://www.academia.edu/12297061/Some_principles_for_the_making_of_collaborative_scholarly_editions_in_digital_form.

Second, it will offer training to transcribers joining the Canterbury Tales project, and to scholars leading transcription teams within the project.  The project is undertaking the transcription of all 30,000 pages of the 88 pre-1500 witnesses of the Tales (18000 pages already transcribed but requiring checking; 12000 needing new transcription). Participants will be given accounts within the Textual Communities implementation of the Canterbury Tales project, introduced to the transcription system, and undertake their first transcriptions of pages from the Tales.  See http://www.textualcommunities.usask.ca/web/canterbury-tales/wiki/-/wiki/Main/Becoming+a+transcriber.

Third, it will offer an introduction to the principles of manuscript transcription for digital editions to any scholars or students considering undertaking a digital edition project based on a manuscript. The materials of the Canterbury Tales project will be used as a starting point for discussion of transcription, supplemented by reference to other textual traditions on which the workshop leaders have worked (including Dante, medieval Spanish and New Testament Greek).

This workshop will be useful to scholars undertaking a wide range of digital edition projects, especially of works existing in multiple witnesses.  Because both the architect of Textual Communities (Robinson) and its chief programmer (Xiaohan Zhang) will be present, it will be useful also for technical consultants who plan to work with the Textual Communities API. And, of course, it will be useful for transcribers joining the Canterbury Tales project.

There is no charge for this workshop, but places will be limited.  Please contact Barbara Bordalejo barbara.bordalejo at kuleuven.be<mailto:barbara.bordalejo at kuleuven.be> or Peter Robinson peter.robinson at usask.ca<mailto:peter.robinson at usask.ca> to confirm attendance. For accommodation, see http://www.leuven.be/en/tourism/staying/index.jsp.

This page is also at http://www.textualcommunities.usask.ca/web/textual-community/blog/-/blogs/first-textual-communities-workshop-11-12-june-2015 and at www.arts.kuleuven.be/digitalhumanities/activiteiten<http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/digitalhumanities/activiteiten>.

        Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 09:56:30 +0100
        From: Adam Crymble <adam.crymble at gmail.com>
        Subject: London Digital History seminar (Tuesday)
        In-Reply-To: <20150429051452.BE77A621F at digitalhumanities.org>

Dear Humanists,

The Digital History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in
London warmly invite you to our next talk, by Matthew Nicholls, titled
Virtual Rome: a digital reconstruction of the ancient city', which will be
held this coming Tuesday.

For those of you who do not live in London, we'll be live-streaming the
event at (http://ihrdighist.blogs.sas.ac.uk/)

Full details below:

Title: Virtual Rome: a digital reconstruction of the ancient city
Date:  26 May 2015
Time:  5:15 PM (GMT)
Venue:  John S Cohen Room 203, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House
Speaker: Matthew Nicholls (Reading University)

Abstract: Dr Matthew Nicholls of the Department of Classics at the
University of Reading has made a detailed digital reconstruction of the
city of Rome as it appeared c.AD315. In this talk he will introduce the
model and discuss some of the tools and methodology involved in its
creation, including questions about date, level of detail, and conjecture.
He will then talk about the paedagogical uses of digital modelling and the
digital Rome model’s potential as a research tool: current work includes
investigation of illumination at specific times of day and year, and
sightlines within the ancient city to, from, and between major monuments.

Speaker Biography: Matthew Nicholls read Literae Humaniores at St John’s
College, Oxford and was a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen’s College,
before taking up a lectureship in Classics at Reading where his work
includes running an MA in the City of Rome. His research includes the study
of ancient books and libraries, including a newly-discovered text by the
2nd C AD medical writer Galen. He is also interested in the digital
reconstruction of ancient buildings and places, initially for reaching and
outreach work and increasingly for research. His work in this area won the
2014 Guardian/Higher Education Academy national Teaching Excellence award,
and he currently holds a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for
work on digital visualisation in the humanities. As part of this scheme he
will be running an introductory workshop on software skills for digital
visualisation and welcomes enquiries about participation.


Adam Crymble

adam.crymble at gmail.com

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