Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School

In 2021, we held our largest ever summer school, fully virtual for the second year. In 2022 we are looking forward to welcoming you back to Oxford in person, giving you the opportunity to engage with experts in the Digital Humanities on a wide range of topics alongside students and researchers at every stage of their career path.

The event will take place at Keble College, Oxford, from 11-15 July, with morning lectures and afternoon interactive workshops. We will also be live-streaming a selection of lectures from the Introduction strand as well as our keynote and other plenary lectures, to enable those unable to attend in person to participate virtually.

Registration

Registration is now open for the 2022 Summer School.. Sign up for our mailing list for more updates.

Prices

Prices for this year's Summer School are as follows

Onsite

  • Standard Rate - £855 
  •  Academic/Education/Not for Profit: (you work for an educational institution, library, charity or not-for-profit organisation in any capacity) - £750 
  •  Students (you are enrolled as a full-time or part-time student at any educational institution at any level) - £650 

Virtual attendance for the Introduction to Digital Humanities Strand - £100

We will also be offering bursaries for the Summer School - Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know when applications open.

Programme

Our 2022 Summer School offers more lectures, talks and workshops than ever before. As well as a selection of our live-streamed introductory lectures, we will have special talks giving a comprehensive tour of Digital Humanities, and in-person workshops every afternoon to develop your practical DH skills. See below for more details on each of these strands. Our selection of keynote lectures from leading Digital Humanists will be announced shortly.

Sponsors

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Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School 2022 is sponsored by Gale, A Cengage Company

Format

This year the Summer School will take place in Oxford again and we look forward to welcoming you to Keble College.

Participants will be asked to choose one of the 9 onsite or 1 live-streamed strands, detailed below.

We are also able to offer a live-streamed version of the Summer School this year which will feature a selection of lectures from our Introduction strand, two keynote lectures, a public lecture and three additional lectures. For further details, please see the full programme when registration is open.

Professor David De Roure & Dr Megan Gooch (University of Oxford)

This lecture-based survey strand gives you a thorough overview of the theory and practice of Digital Humanities. Drawing on expertise from across the University of Oxford and our national and international collaborators, and on the University's library collections, it will appeal to anyone new to the field, or curious to broaden their understanding of the range of work the Digital Humanities encompass.

Those attending in person will participate in sessions each morning and afternoon including the lectures, but will also participare in additional demonstrations and practical workshops each afternoon. Those attending online will join lectures each morning and be able  to ask questions to the lecturers digitally. 

Learning Objectives:

On completing this course, you will be conversant with the variety and potential of the various technologies used to collate, interrogate, and facilitate digital work in the Humanities.

You will also have gained insight and practice in methods relevant to your own research.

Level: Beginner

No prior technical knowledge is necessary for this course. Participants are not required to bring their own laptops but may find it useful.

Dr Andrew Cusworth (University of Oxford)

What happens when archives become digital? How are digital archives made? Who does it? Where do they do it? And why?

In the course of addressing some of these questions, this strand will help its participants to frame and negotiate some of the major considerations in making and working with digital and digitalised archives. Through practical sessions and theoretical discussions, participants will gain insight into the possibilities and challenges presented by digital archives and working with cultural heritage materials digitally.

Working with both digitised and born digital materials, participants will be introduced to a number of core concepts and digital tools for collecting, cleaning and processing data for and from digital archives, as well as open-source solutions that can be used for cataloging, enriching, and publishing digital and digitised materials

Hands-on sessions will be complemented by lecture and seminar-style discussions of issues surrounding digital archival practice. These will help participants to frame the creation and use of digital archives within their theoretical, political, ethical, cultural, and technical contexts, and enable them to make more informed decisions in their future interactions with digital archives. 

Learning Objectives: 
  • To better understand the technical underpinnings of digital archives and how these affect our interaction with our cultural heritage in a digital environment.
  • To gain an understanding of how to prepare, work with, and publish a range of datatypes in a digital archive.
  • To gain confidence in considering and discussing the critical, political, and ethical issues surrounding digital archives.
Level: Beginner

There are no specific skills requirements for this strand, and it is designed to suitable for anyone working with archives and their digital counterparts.

Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller (Australian National University)

This workshop is an introduction to the theories and practices of capturing, querying, and publishing information online using the Linked Data method. Participants will learn about the theory behind Linked Data, and discuss challenges, opportunities, and the ethical considerations in using this methodology. During the workshop, participants will complete the workflow for converting tabular data into RDF (the Linked Data format).

Learning Objectives:
  • You will have an understanding of the terminology and jargon associated with Linked Data.    
  • You will know at least one method for converting tabular data into RDF.    
  • You will be able identify ways of applying Linked Data tools and methods to your research.    
Level: Beginner

Each participant must bring a laptop (not a tablet!) with the required software pre-installed. Please check that you have administrative rights to install software on your machine.

Dr Samantha Blickhan (The Zooniverse)

This workshop will consider public, collaborative research methods, particularly crowdsourcing, in the context of digital humanities. Aimed at researchers of all backgrounds, participants will engage with current and historical issues around crowdsourcing; propose, evaluate and discuss individual projects of their own making; and learn about best practices for social engagement with volunteers, long-term project health and sustainability. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to approach crowdsourced research in a way that balances data quality and ethical volunteer engagement. Over the course of the week, in addition to discussion and reflection, participants will design and build a crowdsourcing project prototype with their own dataset, using the Zooniverse Project Builder. Participants should arrive for the workshop prepared with a project concept and example data (for example, 50 digital images of objects, books, or contents of archival collections—an ideal dataset is one for which the same line of questioning can be applied to each image). Participants will discuss their projects and the design and building process with the group. Morning sessions on this strand will be lecture and discussion-based, afternoon work sessions will allow participants to incorporate concepts from the morning sessions into their own crowdsourcing projects.

Learning Objectives:
  • To understand basic user experience design objectives as they pertain to public DH crowdsourcing projects.
  • To develop basic project management skills (including data preparation, public engagement, and time management) for Zooniverse crowdsourcing projects.
  • To learn the basics of the Zooniverse Project Builder tool.
Level: Beginner
Yasmin Faghihi, Huw Jones (University of Cambridge), Matthew Holford (Bodleian Libraries)

This workshop combines taught and practical sessions with case-studies introducing the use of the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), with a focus on the representation and publishing of primary sources. TEI is a very broad and flexible standard, so we will also concentrate on how TEI can best be used in specific research contexts.  We will showcase a number of projects in the fields of digital editing, text-analysis and publication. Case studies will cover both specific textual phenomena and those common to diverse media and genres. Core aspects of TEI to be covered in the hands-on exercise sessions include structural elements of texts, metadata, representing people, places, dates and groups, the transcription and description of documents, encoding correspondence, and how to query, transform and publish your texts.

No previous experience with markup, XML, TEI, or editing is assumed. Participants will leave with a grounding based on practical experience in what the TEI can do to represent both the physical and the linguistic features of documents, how it can inform the analysis of texts, and how it can form part of a publication pathway.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Understand key aspects of XML and related technologies (including XPath, schemas); be confident in creating, editing and navigating XML documents; be familiar with different pathways to publication.
  • Understand TEI as a community, a consortium and a set of guidelines; be familiar in detail with the core modules of the TEI guidelines; understand the implementation of TEI in a number of real-world projects.
  • Be ready to use TEI in your own research projects.
Level: Beginner
Dr Lia Costiner (University of Oxford)

This strand introduces methods for recording, analysing and displaying cultural heritage (sites, material and visual culture). This includes the digital capture of objects, the creation of 3D models, and the employment of these models in interactive immersive experiences.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will gain a broad understanding of a range of techniques used in recording, analysing and displaying cultural heritage. 
  • Participants will learn the basics of 3D capture and 3D modelling, using photogrammetry and SketchUp.
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of how to create immersive experiences in virtual reality, using the software Unity.
Level: Beginner

No pre-requisite knowledge. Software will have to be downloaded prior to the course.

Meriel Patrick, John Southall, David Tomkins, Rowan Wilson (University of Oxford)

This strand introduces a variety of approaches to dealing with humanities data. It covers modelling, structuring, and working with data, plus longer-term curation and preservation. Data types discussed include textual, tabular, image-based and time-based media. Attendees will hear from presenters experienced in working with these methods, and be given the opportunity to try some of them for themselves via practical exercises. The goal is to equip researchers to select solutions that will work for them. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about a range of methods for working with humanities data
  • Gain an overview of key issues that need to be considered during data-driven humanities research
  • Be encouraged to think about the continued value of their data after the end of their project, and to explore some of the options for preservation and sharing
Level: Beginner

Each participant is recommended to bring a laptop (not a tablet!). Please check that you have administrative rights to install software on your machine.

Dr Mariona Coll Ardanuy, Dr Kaspar Beelen and Dr Federico Nanni (Alan Turing Institute)

This hands-on workshop offers an introduction to natural language processing in Python, from processing texts to extracting meaning from them, as well as the basics of automated semantic analysis with machine learning. We will focus on practical applications (from preprocessing texts to enriching them with linguistic knowledge via part-of-speech tagging or syntactic parsing) and we will show how to work with raw, semi-structured, and tabular data. We will show the basics of topic modelling, and how this technique can be used for humanities research in order to explore the content of large collections. Finally, we will provide an overview of semantic analysis using word embeddings, and how this technique can be used for a large variety of humanities research, such as tracking semantic change or understanding biases in a corpus. At the end of the workshop, participants will have acquired basic practical skills and knowledge on how Python can be used for processing humanities textual data. They will leave with an understanding of key aspects of natural language processing and how these can be applied to their research in the humanities.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will leave with an understanding of key aspects of natural language processing and how these can be applied to their research in the humanities.
  • Participants will acquire basic practical skills and knowledge on how Python can be used for processing humanities textual data.
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

No prior knowledge of Python or natural language processing is required. However, participants may find this workshop difficult to follow if they are not acquainted with the basic concepts of text analysis in digital humanities.

Dr Matteo Romanello (EPFL) and Dr Giovanni Colavizza (University of Amsterdam)

This workshop offers an introduction to data analysis techniques of practical use to humanities scholars and GLAM professionals. Topics include: data formats (XML, JSON), the Python data analysis stack (Pandas), how to get from messy to tidy data, basics of data analysis and visualization, advanced topics (modelling) and applications (topic modelling), best practices to communicate and share your results (licensing, repositories). Classes are hands-on and interactive, as we will work with real-world examples of metadata (e.g., the British Library catalog), text (e.g., historical newspapers) and relational data (e.g., social networks). Attendees will have the opportunity to work on their own projects and/or on proposed exercises. 

Learning Objectives
  • Learn how to use the main Python libraries for data wrangling and analysis to perform a variety of practical tasks.
  • Apply the main data analysis tools and techniques in dealing with cultural data.
  • Critically understand the surplus-value and limitations of data analysis from a humanities perspective.
Level: Advanced

This is an advanced workshop: exposure to Python and the basics of scripting is strongly recommended. This could be acquired for example via previous attendance of the Text2Tech workshop or equivalent courses or self-learning. A good refresher is Chapter 1 of http://www.karsdorp.io/python-course