CIRSS participates in Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School

June 28, 2016


Several members of the CIRSS community will give presentations at the 2016 Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS) on July 4-8 at the University of Oxford. Attendees will follow one of eight workshop tracks throughout the week, and attend several additional lectures and a poster session. Presenters from the School include: J. Stephen Downie, professor and associate dean for research; Bertram Ludäscher, professor and director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS); Allen Renear, professor and dean; Megan Senseney, senior project coordinator for CIRSS; and Andrea K. Thomer, doctoral candidate and CIRSS research assistant.

Downie, Renear, and Thomer will speak in the workshop, “An Introduction to Digital Humanities.” Downie also will present sessions in the workshops, “Digital Musicology,” and “Social Humanities: Citizens at Scale in the Digital World.” Senseney and Thomer are coconveners of the workshop, “Humanities Data: A Hands-On Approach,” in which Ludäscher, Renear, and Thomer will speak.

Held annually, DHOxSS is open to students, academics, and information industry professionals with interests in the broad field of digital humanities. The event is sponsored by several University of Oxford units: Oxford e-Research Centre, IT Services, Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Bodleian Libraries, and Oxford Internet Institute.

Also in attendance at DHOxSS will be two iSchool Master's student participants, supported through a collaboration between CIRSS and the Bodleian Library and the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC) to create a placement program for Master’s students to gain first-hand experience working directly on digital preservation and semantic alignment of metadata.  Catherine Blauvelt and Alex Kinnaman, have been selected for the six-week placement at OeRC and the Bodleian, respectively.  Blauvelt will work with the OeRC team to utilize their Semantic Alignment and Linking Tool (SALT) and add capability to incorporate derived features into metadata. Kinnaman will work with Bodleian staff to identify commonalities and differences of approach to digital preservation between the HathiTrust and those planned for the Polonsky Digital Preservation Programme, culminating in a report that will discuss the practical implications of the approaches for both digital collections, their curators, and readers.  

[Expanded from an original news item posted on the iSchool at Illinois web site:]

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