Each day starts with a plenary keynote or expert guest lecture, and continues by following the workshop programme of your choice. Each evening has optional events.


Time Monday 20 July
Tuesday 21 July
Wednesday 22 July
Thursday 23 July
Friday 24 July
08:30 - 09:15
St Anne's College
Free Time
09:30 - 10:30 Welcome to DHOxSS James Cummings, IT Services, University of Oxford and Pip Willcox, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Digital
Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research, University of London Venue: Mathematical Institute
1a: Digital Transformations Panel
David De Roure, Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford (Chair), Lucie Burgess, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Tim Crawford, Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London, Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow, and Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research, University of London Venue: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College

1b: Digital Image Corruption - Where It Comes From and How to Detect It
Chris Powell, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Venue: Seminar Room 9, St Anne's College
1c: Mapping Digital Pathways to Enhance Visitor Experience
Jessica Suess, University of Oxford Museums and Anjanesh Babu, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Venue: Danson Room, St Anne's College
2a: Networking⁴: Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800
Howard Hotson, Faculty of History, University of Oxford Venue: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College

2b: Digital Restoration for Beginners: Is This For Me and How Would I Get Started?
Julia Craig-McFeely, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford Venue: Seminar Room 9, St Anne's College
2c: Let Your Projects Shine: Lightweight Usability Testing for Digital Humanities Projects
Mia Ridge, Digital Humanities, Open University Venue: Danson Room, St Anne's College
3a: Crowdsourced Text Transcription
Victoria Van Hyning, Zooniverse, University of Oxford Venue: Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College

3b: If a Picture is Worth 1000 Words, What's a Medium Quality Scan Worth?
David Zeitlyn, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford Venue: Danson Room, St Anne's College
3c: The Online Corpus of Inscriptions from Ancient North Arabia
Daniel Burt, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford Venue: Seminar Room 9, St Anne's College
Closing of DHOxSS James Cummings, IT Services, University of Oxford and Pip Willcox, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Uneasy Dreams: the Becoming of Digital Scholarship
James Loxley, University of Edinburgh Venue: Mathematical Institute
10:30 - 11:00 Refreshment Breaks (and travel) at St Anne's College, IT Services & Oxford e-Research Centre
11:00 - 12:30
Students may attend only one of the five-day workshops all week (no switching between workshops without an additional admin fee, so choose carefully!). More information will be posted soon:
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
Venue: St Anne's College and Oxford e-Research Centre
13:30 - 14:00 Travel time if needed
14:00 - 16:00 Workshops Continue
16:00 - 16:30 Refreshment Breaks at St Anne's College, IT Services & Oxford e-Research Centre
16:30 - 17:30 Workshops Continue
Evening Monday Evening -- Welcome Drinks Reception and Poster Session Venue: Weston Library
19:00 - 20:30
Tuesday Evening -- Guided Walking Tour of Oxford Venue: Oxford City Centre
18:30 - 19:30
Wednesday Evening -- TORCH Digital Humanities Public Lecture
17:40 - 19:00
Thursday Evening -- DHOxSS Dinner (with pre-dinner drinks)
Venue: Exeter College
19:00 - 22:30
Friday Evening -- Informal Pub Trip

Keynote Lectures

There is an opening and closing keynote on the Monday and Friday. There are also a choice of other additional parallel lectures on the other mornings. Please note: The Keynote and Additional lectures will be recorded and placed on and ITunesU under an open license.

Monday 20 July 2015, Opening Keynote: 09:30 - 10:30

Title: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Digital Speaker: Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research, University of London Venue:Mathematical Institute Abstract:

We are all digital researchers now. Our methods of working, the sources that we choose to use, the ways in which we interact with those sources, and the ways in which we communicate our research findings have all been profoundly affected by the digital. Whether we are interested in epigraphic and papyrological texts or in the history of the web, in Anglo-Saxon charters or in eighteenth-century court records, in text or in moving image, digital tools and methods have the capacity to transform our understandings and offer new insights into old and as yet undreamt of questions. The development of the digital has also supported greater collaboration, openness and interdisciplinarity in humanities research, both by making this technologically possible and by altering the types and breadth of knowledge required to run a successful research project. Drawing on a range of projects and initiatives that encompass data both big and small, this presentation will highlight the possibilities afforded by the digital and the skills that we need to develop in order to shape the evolution of digital humanities research in the coming months and years.

Friday 24 July 2015, Closing Keynote: 09:30 - 10:30

Title: Uneasy Dreams: the Becoming of Digital Scholarship Speaker: James Loxley, University of Edinburgh Venue:Mathematical Institute Abstract:

The creation of the discipline - if that's what it is - of the digital humanities has gone hand in hand with the ever more pervasive pertinence for humanities academics of a 'digital scholarship' conceived more generally. Scholarship, in Ernest Boyer's influential terms, consists of the different intellectual activities of discovery, integration, application and teaching; each of these activities has been, and is still, undergoing change as a result of the wider intellectual transformations wrought by digital technologies. But scholarly understanding of the nature of such change rests on a variety of differing assumptions - is this, for example, augmentation, development, or metamorphosis? The difference between such assumptions can readily shape the way in which we react to the challenge posed by the attraction, and encroachment, of digital approaches. Some have been moved to ask: can we ignore or resist them? What will become of our disciplines if we can't, or don't? This lecture will explore some possible responses to these concerns through a series of examples drawn, largely, from my own experience as an originally analogue scholar who has been a long time in the process of becoming digital.

Additional Lectures

There are additional lectures in the morning before workshops start. All of these are at St Anne's College. There are also keynote lectures on the Monday and Friday at the Mathematical Institute. Please note: The Keynote and Additional lectures will be recorded and placed on and ITunesU under an open license.

Tuesday 21 July 2015, 09:30 - 10:30

Students have a choice between:

Title: 1a: Digital Transformations Panel Speakers: David De Roure, Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford (Chair), Lucie Burgess, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, Tim Crawford, Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London, Andrew Prescott, University of Glasgow, and Jane Winters, Institute of Historical Research, University of London Venue:Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College Abstract:

We are transforming our individual and collective lives through digital technology, in the ways we communicate and create our knowledge and understanding of the world and the human record of it. How is research in the Humanities leading this potential and responding to its limits? Is current practice in teaching, training, learning, research, storing, curating, and delivering knowledge fit to support, communicate, and encourage citizen participation in these developments? How do they affect our infrastructure requirements, now and into the future?

Title: 1b: Digital Image Corruption - Where It Comes From and How to Detect It Speaker: Chris Powell, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Venue:Seminar Room 9, St Anne's College Abstract:

Digital images (photographs) present a significant resource for the Digital Humanities practitioner; individual collections can number in the hundreds of thousands, and can use a variety of encoding methods. These resources can be the result of decades of work and at the very least would be extremely expensive to replace in the event of a disaster. The lecture firstly looks at the methods commonly employed to safeguard an image archive, for example multiple copies across different media types, mirroring. This is followed by an examination of each of these, and identifies issues with each, be they procedural or physical. Next the effects of the issues on image corruption are explored, together with examples of the resultant image corruption on different image encoding methods. Following the observation that most images in an archive are not viewed on a regular basis,methods of detecting corrupted images in an archive are presented, including a visual TIFF image scanner developed at the Ashmolean. Finally, some recommendations are made which will help to ensure the accurate preservation of a digital image archive.

Title: 1c: Mapping Digital Pathways to Enhance Visitor Experience Speakers: Jessica Suess, University of Oxford Museums and Anjanesh Babu, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford Venue:Danson Room, St Anne's College Abstract:

Museums and cultural venues are increasingly focussed on enhancing the experience of their onsite visitors by providing mobile optimised digital resources direct to the visitor's smartphone or tablet. Apps, mobile sites and games are now common place within the museum, providing additional interpretation through text, audio and video content, or an immersive experience using sophisticated augmented and virtual reality platforms.

As well as offering an opportunity to push content to and engage with visitors, mobile offers museums a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of their audiences: beacons and Wi-Fi triangulation allow visitors pathways through gallery spaces to be tracked in increasing detail, and what visitors choose to access on their device in certain physical spaces can provide significant insight into how they are engaging with the collections around them.

In this short lecture we will talk about some of the datasets now available to illuminate how visitors experience museums, and what this may mean for the future.

Wednesday 22 July 2015, 09:30 - 10:30

Students have a choice between:

Title: 2a: Networking⁴: Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500-1800 Speaker: Howard Hotson, Faculty of History, University of Oxford Venue:Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College Abstract:

Between 1500 and 1800, the development of increasingly affordable, reliable, and accessible postal systems allowed scholars to scatter correspondence across and beyond Europe. This epistolary exchange knit together the self-styled 'republic of letters', an international, knowledge-based civil society central to that era's intellectual breakthroughs and formative for many of modern Europe's values and institutions. Despite its importance, the republic of letters remains poorly integrated into early modern European intellectual history, and this primarily for one simple reason: its core practice of creating communities by dispersing archives of manuscripts has posed insuperable difficulties to subsequent generations of historians attempting to reconstruct the very documents which established this community. The ongoing revolution in digital communication provides, for the first time, an adequate medium for reassembling the material dispersed by the earlier revolution in postal communication; but before this potential can be realized we need, not merely to adapt the technology to the task, but also to adapt our working methods and scholarly cultures to the technology. More specifically, we need (1) to create an interdisciplinary network of archivists, librarians, IT systems developers, experts in communication and design, educationalists, and scholars from many different fields (2) to design the networking infrastructure and scholarly practices needed (3) to support an international scholarly community devoted (4) to piecing back together the scattered documentation of the international republic of letters. In other words, we need a network to design a network to support a network reconstructing networks: Networking⁴.

Title: 2b: Digital Restoration for Beginners: Is This For Me and How Would I Get Started? Speaker: Julia Craig-McFeely, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford Venue:Seminar Room 9, St Anne's College Abstract:

This seminar is aimed at those interested in the digital reconstruction of manuscripts, wanting to find out more about how it could help their research before committing to purchasing the necessary software. It will provide participants with a sense of what digital reconstruction entails, what can be achieved through the process, and what software and equipment they would need in order to get started.

Title: 2c: Let Your Projects Shine: Lightweight Usability Testing for Digital Humanities Projects Speaker: Mia Ridge, Digital Humanities, Open University Venue:Danson Room, St Anne's College Abstract:

As the number of digital humanities projects grows, good design is an increasingly important factor in attracting and retaining visitors. Usability testing supports innovative design by ensuring digital projects meet the needs of potential audiences and users. Traditional usability tests can seem expensive or dauntingly complex, but lightweight usability methods can be applied to any project. Lightweight usability follows the principle that 'any user testing is better than no user testing' and is based on the idea that all you need to run useful tests with real people is a bit of planning, a laptop or tablet, and a couple of hours.

In this session, you will learn how to plan and run a lightweight usability test on paper prototypes or early versions of digital projects, and get tips for recruiting and rewarding participants for 'guerrilla usability testing'. At the end of the workshop we will put it into practice by devising and running a live usability test on a site suggested by the audience.

Thursday 23 July 2015, 09:30 - 10:30

Title: 3a: Crowdsourced Text Transcription Speaker: Victoria Van Hyning, Zooniverse, University of Oxford Venue:Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, St Anne's College Abstract:

Handwritten manuscript materials contain a vast amount of information that is still largely not machine-readable. This poses challenges to librarians, archivists, museum and academic specialists whose work relies on these materials. This paper will present a series of approaches to volunteer-driven crowdsourced transcription, and will outline some of the pitfalls and benefits of crowdsourcing in the humanities. It will begin by briefly considering the genesis of five transcription projects and tools developed at Zooniverse ( the world-leading academic crowdsourcing organization headquartered at the University of Oxford, and with branches at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and the University of Minnesota. The talk will conclude with a detailed account of the first full text transcription project undertaken at Zooniverse, in partnership with Tate Britain, due to launch in July 2015. It will invite volunteers to transcribe twentieth-century British artists' sketchbooks, letters and diaries. This project has potential for replication at other institutions and by individuals, and the talk will offer suggestions for how to deploy crowdsourcing, and the Zooniverse platform in particular.

Title: 3b: If a Picture is Worth 1000 Words, What's a Medium Quality Scan Worth? Speaker: David Zeitlyn, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford Venue:Danson Room, St Anne's College Abstract:

This presentation is based on the practical experience of archiving 46 thousand (plus) images taken by a Cameroonian studio photographer over a 30 years period as part of the British Library 'Endangered Archive Programme' (EAP). I will discuss some of the practical and conceptual issues of working with images collections, looking at how face recognition and pattern matching can help put some order into collections whose scope is too large for an individual to hold in their consciousness. Scaling up means we need technological assistance to explore large collections else we are constrained by human attention spans and memory. Scholarship needs to develop or at least face up to these limitations.

Title: 3c: The Online Corpus of Inscriptions from Ancient North Arabia Speaker: Daniel Burt, Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford Venue:Seminar Room 9, St Anne's College Abstract:

This presentation will primarily focus on using Filemaker Pro to produce The Online Corpus of Inscriptions from Ancient North Arabia (OCIANA), which contains around 40,000 inscriptions in pre-Arabic languages including Safaitic, Dadanitic, Hismaic, and Thamudic. We will examine the functionality of the database, and look at the technical challenges that were faced when producing the system. In addition to the OCIANA project, this presentation will provide an overview of Filemaker Pro and outline the advantages of working with Filemaker to create databases for research projects.


The DHOxSS is dependent on the contributions of volunteer speakers. Without this donated time of all the workshop organisers and speakers, venue staff, and the Events Team at IT Services, the DHOxSS could not be the success it is. There are 83 individual people speaking at DHOxSS 2015.


A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - R - S - T - V - W - Z

  • Alfie Abdul-Rahman
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    Alfie Abdul-Rahman completed her PhD in Computer Science at Swansea University, focusing on the physically-based rendering and algebraic manipulation of volume models. She is a Research Associate at the Oxford e-Research Centre, Oxford University. She has been involved with the Imagery Lenses for Visualizing Text Corpora and Commonplace Cultures: Mining Shared Passages in the 18th Century using Sequence Alignment and Visual Analytics, developing web-based visualization tools for humanities scholars, such as Poem Viewer and ViTA: Visualization for Text Alignment. Her research interests include visualization, computer graphics, and human-computer interaction. Before joining Oxford, she worked as a Research Engineer in HP Labs Bristol on document engineering, and then as a software developer in London, working on multi-format publishing.

  • Anjanesh Babu
    Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

    Whilst Primarily working for the Ashmolean, Anjanesh been designing and delivering solution oriented systems architecture across all the museums supporting Digital initiatives. Likes creatively applying technology to requirements and maintains an active interest in interest in all things mobile

  • Laird Barrett
    Taylor & Francis / Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

    Laird has a background in English Literature and studied academic research and communication online with Ralph Schroeder as an MSc student at the Oxford Internet Institute. He now works for Taylor & Francis journals, helping to develop electronic products. He specifically works on helping to develop the open access publishing program, as well as on archive products and facilitating text-and-data mining.

  • Philip Brohan
    Met Office Hadley Centre

    Philip Brohan did a PhD in theoretical solid state physics many years ago, and then worked for a while as a nuclear engineer, but since 2002 he has been a climate scientist at the Met Office Hadley Centre in the UK. He spends most of his time trying to find out how the weather of 100 years ago compares to that of today, and to this end he runs the citizen science data rescue project

  • Misha Broughton
    DiXiT Project, University of Cologne / IT Services, University of Oxford

    Misha Broughton is a Doctoral Candidate and Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT) Early Stage Researcher at the University of Cologne. With an MA in English Literature from Case Western Reserve University and a background in Computer and Network Support, he is researching the impact of quality of mass digitized textual content in digital textual scholarship and research.

  • Lucie Burgess
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford


  • Lou Burnard
    Lou Burnard Consulting

    Formerly assistant director at OUCS, Lou Burnard is one of the original editors of the TEI Guidelines and has been closely involved with it throughout its evolution. An Oxford graduate with a masters in English he has worked in the no-mans land between computing and the humanities since the 1970s. He has recently published What is the Text Encoding Initiative?.

  • Daniel Burt
    Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford

    Daniel has worked as a Filemaker Pro developer for over 15 years, both in Higher Education and the commercial sector. During this time he has created database systems for Cancer Research UK, Oxford University Press, a number of UK-based Museums, and the Department of Health, as well as for numerous research projects around the University. Daniel is currently working on the AHRC-funded OCIANA Project at the Khalili Research Centre.

  • Chris Cannam
    Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University London

    Chris Cannam is Principal Research Software Developer in the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London, where he works with researchers to produce useful software for music analysis. He is the primary author of the Sonic Visualiser application and many of its plugins.

  • Emmanuel Château
    École Nationale des Chartes

    Emmanuel Château is completing a doctoral thesis in architectural history. Trained in digital history and XML technologies at the École nationale des chartes, he coordinated the digital edition of Antoine Desgodets' lessons. As a member of the research cluster "Pasts in the Present" ( , he is currently technical lead on the Paris Guidebooks project and a member of the working group on "Modelling, frames of reference, and digital culture" (ModRef).

  • Rachel Cowgill
    Music & Drama, University of Huddersfield

    Professor Rachel Cowgill (Head of Music & Drama, University of Huddersfield) is a musicologist specialising in British musical cultures. She is PI of the AHRC-funded InConcert, working alongside Professors Simon McVeigh, Christina Bashford, Alan Dix, and Dr Rupert Ridgewell (British Library).

  • Josh Cowls
    Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

    Josh Cowls is a Research Assistant at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, where he completed his MSc Social Science of the Internet in 2013. Josh has worked on a range of projects exploring the impact of large, diverse datasets on research and policy-making, and his work has appeared in Policy & Internet and FirstMonday. Since March 2014 Josh has worked on the AHRC project, 'Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities'.

  • Julia Craig-McFeely
    Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

    Julia Craig-McFeely has managed the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music since 1998, and was one of the consultants for the digitization of the Dead Sea Scrolls. She has developed digital restoration techniques for damaged manuscripts which have been applied to many different types of sources. She is currently a research fellow at the Faculty of Music in Oxford and co-investigator of the AHRC-funded Tudor Partbooks project.

  • Tim Crawford
    Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

    Tim Crawford worked as a professional lutenist, playing on several recordings made during the 1980s. As a musicologist he studies lute music of the 16th to 18th centuries. Since the early 1990s he has been active in the rapidly-expanding field of MIR and was President of ISMIR for two years. He is PI of the AHRC-funded Transforming Musicology project.

  • James Cummings
    IT Services, University of Oxford [Co-Director of DHOxSS]

    James Cummings is the Senior Academic Research Technology Specialist for IT Services at University of Oxford. James is also a co-director of the annual Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School. He is an elected member of the Text Encoding Initiative's Technical Council. He spends lots of time helping academics with research projects, especially where they involve the TEI. James completed a Medieval Studies BA from University of Toronto, and an MA in Medieval Studies and PhD on the archival records of medieval drama from University of Leeds. In addition to giving a couple talks, He will be running from session to session trying to make sure things are running smoothly.

  • Sarah De Haas

    Sarah de Haas is a former Medievalist-turned-techie who now spends quite a lot of her time supporting developers working on integrations with Google products. She's an expert in explaining the technical details to anyone and everyone, regardless of their background and expertise.

  • David De Roure
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    David De Roure is Professor of e-Research at the University of Oxford, where he directs the multidisciplinary e-Research Centre. Focused on advancing digital scholarship, David has conducted research across disciplines in the areas of social machines, computational musicology, Web Science, social computing, and hypertext. He is a frequent speaker and writer on digital scholarship and the future of scholarly communications, and advises the UK Economic and Social Research Council in the area of Social Media Data and realtime analytics.

  • Geri Della Rocca De Candal
    Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford

    Geri Della Rocca De Candal is part of the 15cBOOKTRADE Project team and is based at the Weston Library, Oxford.

  • Michael Docherty
    Cancer Research UK

    Michael Docherty is Cancer Research UK's digital director and has been with the charity since late 2007. In the last year Docherty has continued to build digital capability into CRUK and drive the transformation of to make it robust, responsive, social, open and, above all, user-centric. In March this year the quality of the new site was put to the test through the #nomakeupselfie meme, where £8m was raised in a few days and the site ran smoothly with visitor volumes off the charts. Prior to CRUK, Docherty was a group marketing manager at Telstra, Australia's leading communications company, and has held various product and brand marketing roles at Yahoo, Hutchison Telecoms and Fairfax Digital.

  • Cristina Dondi
    Faculty of History, University of Oxford

    Cristina Dondi is the Oakeshott Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities, Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and principal investigator of a 5-year ERC Consolidator Grant on the "15th Century Booktrade: An Evidence-based Assessment and Visualization of the Distribution, Sale, and Reception of Books in the Renaissance " (2014-2019). She is also the Secretary of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL). She holds a degree in Medieval History and Paleography from the Catholic University of Milan, and a PhD on the same disciplines from King's College, London. She started to work on incunabula in 1996 at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

  • J. Stephen Downie
    Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    J. Stephen Downie is a professor and the associate dean for research at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois. Dr. Downie conducts research in music information retrieval. He was instrumental in founding both the International Society for Music Information Retrieval and the Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange.

  • Kathryn Eccles
    Oxford Internet Institute and TORCH, University of Oxford

    Kathryn Eccles is Digital Humanities Champion at the University of Oxford, and a Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, a multidisciplinary department of the University of Oxford dedicated to understanding life online. Kathryn's research interests include the impact of new technologies on public interactions with arts and cultural heritage, understanding the scope, potential and impact of crowdsourcing; and the impact of new technologies on scholarly activity and behaviour.

  • Iain Emsley
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    Iain Emsley is a research associate at the Oxford e-Research Centre, working with the Software Sustainability Institute and the Square Kilometre Array. Currently reading for a Masters in Software Engineering at Oxford, he has organised and attended hack sessions and enjoys exploring humanities data. Before coming back to academia, he worked in bookselling and publishing.

  • Ben Fields
    Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

    Ben Fields is a post-doctoral researcher in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He works on Transforming Musicology, focusing on the social media aspect of the project. His research interests include network analytics, audio signal processing, recommender systems, and Linked Data. Ben also runs the data-centric consulting agency Fun and Plausible Solutions. There he works with companies to better understand and leverage their data.

  • Alexandra Franklin
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

    Alexandra Franklin is Co-ordinator of the Centre for the Study of the Book, in the Bodleian Libraries Department of Special Collections. She has published on the illustration of popular prints, most recently in Studies in Ephemera: Text and Image in Eighteenth-century Print. Kevin D. Murphy and Sally O'Driscoll, eds. (2013), was Director of the Broadside Ballads Online project, and is currently the Department's liaison with research projects using Bodleian special collections for investigation of the history of the 15th-centry book and history of British book trades.

  • Ichiro Fujinaga
    Schulich School of Music, McGill University

    Ichiro Fujinaga is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Music Technology Area at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. He has Bachelor's degrees in Music/Percussion and Mathematics from University of Alberta and a Master's degree in Music Theory and a Ph.D. in Music Technology from McGill.

  • Christopher Green
    Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford

    Chris Green is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in GIS at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. He works on the English Landscapes and Identities project (, which is a legacy data / data collation project attempting to write a history of 2,500 years of the English landscape from the Middle Bronze Age to the Domesday Book. Chris's research interests are focused around dealing with time and temporalities in GIS and on spatial visualization (or cartography as we really should still be calling it!).

  • Tanya Gray Jones
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

    Tanya Gray Jones is a Digital Engineer working for the Bodleian Libraries and is currently working to define a semantic data model for the Bodleian Digital Library. She is a contributor to the Cultures of Knowledge project, working on various technical aspects including the definition of a semantic data model and the development of a semantically-enriched input form.

  • Neil Jefferies
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

    Neil Jefferies is Head of R&D for Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services at Oxford, guiding the development of digital preservation services at the Bodleian covering both traditional library materials and research data in all its forms. He is a scientist by training but has been working with internet technologies for nearly 20 years, mostly commercially - first website was Snickers/Euro'96! He is Technical Director of "Cultures of Knowledge", an international collaborative project launched in 2009 "to reconstruct the correspondence and social networks central to the revolutionary intellectual developments of the early modern period".

  • Gard B. Jenset
    The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford

    Gard B. Jenset has a PhD in English linguistics from the University of Bergen. He currently works with language technology and is also a Visiting Researcher at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Among his research interests are corpus linguistics and quantitative methods in historical linguistics.

  • Matthew Kimberley
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

    Matthew Kimberley is the Bodleian's Digital Research Facilitator, responsible for steering new digital research project proposals through the pipeline and identifying suitable funding streams. This involves working with stakeholders across Oxford and other institutions. He previously designed and delivered an innovative four year programme of Outreach and public engagement for Classical Indian Studies on behalf of Bodleian's Special Collections department, targeted at both young people and adult learners. His academic background has spanned a wide range of Humanities disciplines at four leading UK universities.

  • Ruth Kirkham
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    Ruth is an experienced Project Manager with a background of supporting a wide range of Digital Humanities projects since joining the University of Oxford in 2005. Ruth currently coordinates the Digital Humanities @ Oxford Network in the Humanities Division and works with the Cultures of Knowledge project as their Community and Technical Manager.

  • David Lewis
    Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

    David Lewis is a researcher based at Goldsmiths, University of London and Birmingham Conservatoire. His research focusses on the creation, dissemination and use of digital corpora of music (such as the Electronic Corpus of Lute Music) and music theory ( and Thesaurus Musicarum Italicarum).

  • Richard Lewis
    Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

    Richard Lewis is a research associate at Goldsmiths College. He received his BA in Music and his MMus in Critical Musicology both from UEA and his doctoral work, carried out at Goldsmiths, explored issues around the uptake of computational techniques by musicologists.

  • Eleanor Lowe
    Department of English and Modern Languages, Oxford Brookes University

    Eleanor Lowe is the editor of George Chapman's 1597 play 'An Humorous Day's Mirth' (with Digital Renaissance Editions, 2013) and two of Richard Brome's plays as part of the Richard Brome Online edition, published by the HRIOnline (2010). She is a Senior Lecturer in Drama at Oxford Brookes University with interests in early modern drama, textual studies, editing, digital humanities and material culture.

  • James Loxley
    University of Edinburgh

    James Loxley is Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on seventeenth century literature, in particular, and on the theories of performance and performativity. He has in recent years led a number of projects which have made extensive use of digital approaches to the undertaking of research and the communication of its results - the most recent is the Palimpsest project to map the places of narrated Edinburgh, which has resulted in the creation of 'LitLong:Edinburgh'.

  • Matilde Malaspina
    Faculty of History, University of Oxford

    Matilde Malaspina is part of the 15cBOOKTRADE Project team and a DPhil Student at Lincoln College, Oxford.

  • Matthew McGrattan
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford


  • Liz McCarthy
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

    Liz McCarthy is the Web & Digital Media Manager at the Bodleian Libraries as well as Librarian for the University Museum and Special Collections Services, University of Reading. Her research interests include social media in the cultural sector, digital literacy, digital humanities, 17th-century bookbindings and library history. 

  • Barbara McGillivray
    The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford

    Barbara McGillivray (PhD, University of Pisa) is a data scientist at Nature Publishing Group and Visiting Researcher at The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Her research interests include computational and quantitative corpus linguistics for historical languages and Latin in particular.

  • Monica Messaggi Kaya
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

    Monica Messaggi Kaya currently wears a "JavaScript/Front-end Developer" hat at the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford. She has a background in Computer Science and Software Engineering, but beautiful layouts and pleasant experiences are at her heart, and she keeps herself current with UI/UX trends and techniques. You can find her online at and @monicams.

  • Eric Meyer
    Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

    Eric T Meyer is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the OII. His research in the field of social informatics focuses on the changing nature of knowledge creation across the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities as technology is embedded in everyday practices. More information at

  • Barry Norton
    British Museum

    Dr. Barry Norton is the Development Manager for the ResearchSpace project at the British Museum. As a consultant Solutions Architect he was involved with ResearchSpace and a number of other large-scale Linked Data and text analytics solutions. He holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and carried out Semantic Web research also at the Open University, the University of Innsbruck, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Queen Mary University of London.

  • Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller is a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oxford e­-Research Centre. Her research involves the use of Linked Data and semantic technologies to support and diversity scholarship across a range of topics in the Digital Humanities.

  • Dominic Oldman
    British Museum

    Dominic Oldman is a Law graduate with a Master's degree in Digital Humanities from King's College, London. He is the Head of ResearchSpace (an Andrew W. Mellon funded project) developing a collaborative research environment) and Senior Curator. He is deputy co-chair of the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model Special Interest Group.

  • Kevin Page
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    Dr. Kevin Page is a researcher at the University of Oxford e­-Research Centre. His work on web architecture and the semantic annotation and distribution of data has, through participation in several UK, EU, and international projects, been applied across a wide variety of domains including sensor networks, music information retrieval, clinical healthcare, and remote collaboration for space exploration. He is principal investigator of the Early English Print in HathiTrust (ElEPHãT) and Semantic Linking of BBC Radio (SLoBR) projects, and leads Linked Data research within the AHRC Transforming Musicology project.

  • Alessandra Panzanelli
    The British Library

    Alessandra Panzanelli is part of the 15cBOOKTRADE Project team and is based at the British Library, London.

  • Meriel Patrick
    IT Services, University of Oxford

    Meriel Patrick works as part of the Research Support team at IT Services, as their Academic Research Technology Specialist. Much of her recent work has focused on research data management, in particular developing and delivering training for graduate students and other researchers. She also teaches philosophy and theology for Wycliffe Hall's visiting student programme, SCIO.

  • Chris Powell
    Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

    Chris has worked at the Ashmolean for over 10 years, and is involved in the transformation of its collections data to digital form. He is currently helping with the design of the systems by which the collections will be made available as Linked Data, and is researching shape description as an access method for untranscribed manuscripts.

  • Andrew Prescott
    University of Glasgow

    Andrew Prescott is Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow and Theme Leader Fellow for the Arts and Humanities Research Council strategic theme 'Digital Transformations'. Andrew was by training a medieval historian and completed his doctoral thesis on the records of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. Andrew was from 1979-2000 a Curator of Manuscripts at the British Library, where he took a particular interest in the development of digitisation and networking strategies and was involved in a number of pioneering projects in this field, most notably as lead BL curator for 'Electronic Beowulf' edited by Kevin S. Kiernan. Andrew has worked at digital humanities units and libraries at the University of Sheffield, University of Wales Lampeter and King's College London, and has a wide strategic perspective on the range and organisation of digital humanities projects. His publications include 'English Historical Documents' (1988), 'Towards the Digital Library' (1998) and 'The Benedictional of St Aethelwold' (2001). Andrew tweets as @ajprescott and his blog is

  • John Pybus
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    John Pybus works at the Oxford e-research Centre where he has been part of many projects building technology to support humanities research, with a particular interest in the application of semantic web technologies to humanities data.

  • Sebastian Rahtz
    IT Services, University of Oxford

    Sebastian Rahtz is Director of Academic IT at University of Oxford University IT Servicess, where he oversees the teams responsible for research support and open source. He has been closely associated with the Text Encoding Initiative for the last decade as a member of its Technical Council, architect of its revised metaschema system, and author of a library of XSL transforms for TEI documents (including the Guidelines documentation and its schemas). Since 2008 he has been part of the team developing CLAROS ("the world of ancient art on the semantic web") at Oxford, for which he leads the Metamorphoses sub-project which to manage its place and name linking. He is an advocate for open source, XML, TEI, XSL and (latterly) RDF and linked data. In past lives Sebastian has a degree in Classics and Modern Greek from Oxford and an MA in Archaeology from London. He worked as a field archaeologist, was a computer science lecturer at Southampton (where he was an early teacher of humanities computing, and archaeological computing), and had a stint as publication methods specialist for Elsevier Science. He spent much of the 1990s in the world of the TeX typesetting system. Sebastian has co-authored two books on TeX, edited many sets of conference proceedings, written many articles, is the author of a slew of TeX- and TEI-related software, has presented at many archaeological computing, TeX and XML conferences, and taught practical courses around the world.

  • Shreenath Regunathan

    Shreenath Regunathan is part of Google's gTech organisation, the team that works on scaling support for Google's products. He works day in day out on business intelligence for Google's tech teams, and is an expert in understanding and analysing data that is often messy, difficult to interpret, and subject to much passionate debate.

  • Allen Renear
    Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Allen Renear is Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois. Professor Renear has been a GSLIS faculty member since 2001, serving a three-year term as associate dean for research before becoming Dean. Prior to coming to GSLIS Renear was Director of the Scholarly Technology Group at Brown University. His other academic leadership roles include serving as president of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, Director of the Brown University Women Writers Project, Chair of the Open eBook Publication Structure Working Group (now ePUB/IDPF), and in various roles in the Text Encoding Initiative. His research and teaching are in the areas of data curation, scientific publishing, digital humanities, and the conceptual foundations of information systems. His research projects are associated with the GSLIS Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship.

  • Christophe Rhodes
    Computing Department, Goldsmiths, University of London

    Christophe Rhodes's research career has spanned Cosmology, Software Development and Music Informatics, providing ideas and implementations for the European Space Agency's PLANCK satellite, Google's Flight Search, Yahoo! Music and Flickr. He co-founded Teclo Networks, developing and selling network infrastructure for mobile telecommunications, and now lectures at Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • Mia Ridge
    Digital Humanities, Open University

    Mia's PhD in digital humanities (Open University) uses methods from human-computer interaction and user experience design to study historians and scholarly crowdsourcing. Mia has a Masters in Human-Centred Systems (City University, London, 2011). She has published and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: user experience design, human-computer interaction, open cultural data, audience engagement and crowdsourcing in the cultural heritage sector. In 2014 she was also CENDARI Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. Her edited volume, 'Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage' (Ashgate) was published in October 2014.

  • Carolin Rindfleisch
    Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

    Carolin Rindfleisch studied "Music, Art and Media" at the Philipps-University Marburg and Musicology at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. She is currently a DPhil-student at the University of Oxford in the context of the "Transforming Musicology" project, and is doing research on the reception of Richard Wagner, comparing varying interpretations of leitmotifs from the Ring des Nibelungen in work introductions and opera guides.

  • Stephen Rose
    Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London

    Stephen Rose is Reader in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. His specialisms include German music 1500-1750 and digital musicology. He has directed two collaborative projects with the British Library: Early Music Online (2011) and A Big Data History of Music (2014–15). In 2015–16 he holds a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for a project on musical authorship from Schütz to Bach.

  • Sally Rumsey
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

    Sally Rumsey is the Digital Research Librarian at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Sally manages the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA), a sustainable repository for research publications at the University of Oxford and is Senior Programme Manager for the University's Open Access Oxford Programme. She is leading the Bodleian team developing data archiving services to support research data management for Oxford. She liaises with colleagues across the University on matters related to digital scholarly outputs and matters of interest to the libraries around research information management.

  • Kerri Russell
    Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

    Kerri Russell received her PhD from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is currently a Research Officer at Oxford. She works on the development of the Oxford Corpus of Old Japanese and the Old Japanese/English dictionary, which is linked to the corpus, making cross-reference in both directions possible.

  • Ralph Schroeder
    Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

    Ralph Schroeder is Professor and director of the Master's degree in Social Science of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute. His recent books are Rethinking Science, Technology and Social Change (Stanford University Press, 2007) and co-authored with Eric T. Meyer, is Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities (MIT Press 2015).

  • Megan Senseney
    Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Megan Senseney works as Senior Project Coordinator for the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science where she also graduated with a Master of Science in 2008. Her recent projects and research interests focus on data curation issues in the digital humanities.

  • Judith Siefring
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

    Judith Siefring is a project manager and digital editor at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. She is currently managing a Mellon-funded project, Digital Manuscripts Toolkit, focusing on user-driven tools for digitized manuscripts. Her other particular interests within digital humanities include text encoding, digital citation and sustainability.

  • Elena Spadini
    DiXiT Project, Huygens ING (KNAW) / IT Services, University of Oxford

    Elena Spadini is a researcher at Huygens ING (KNAW) for the Marie Curie DiXiT Network. She works on digital editing tools, and especially the compatibility between them and the XML-TEI platform. She held a MA in Digital Humanities from the École nationale des Chartes. She completed a MA in Romance Philology and is finishing a PhD on ancient French Arthurian romances at the Sapienza University of Rome.

  • Jessica Suess
    University of Oxford Museums

    Jessica is the Partnership Officer for the the Oxford University Museums. She manages joint museums digital projects, specialises in examining user needs and creating user-centric products.

  • Ségolène Tarte
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    Ségolène Tarte is a senior researcher at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, UK, where she works on inter-disciplinary projects involving imaging sciences, information sciences, and the study of textual artefacts (e.g. papyrology, epigraphy, cuneiform studies). An image processing specialist whose research focus has turned to the Humanities, she is interested in the study, understanding, modelling, and support of expert knowledge in the Humanities.

  • Andrea K. Thomer
    Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Andrea K. Thomer is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a research associate at the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship. Before receiving her MLIS (Specialization in Data Curation) from Illinois in 2012, she worked as an excavator at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Her research interests include biodiversity and natural history museum informatics; long-term database curation, particularly in a research or museum setting; and bringing information science methods to the field of biology (and vice versa).

  • Gabor M. Toth
    University of Passau / The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford

    Gabor M. Toth is an assistant professor at the University of Passau, and a visiting fellow of the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. He accomplished his studies at the University of Oxford in 2014. In addition to the history of the Italian Renaissance, his main research interest is the application of corpus and computational linguistics for text analysis.

  • Magdalena Turska
    DiXiT Project / IT Services, University of Oxford

    Magdalena Turska is a Experienced Researcher for Digital Scholarly Editions at IT Services, University of Oxford and experienced researcher of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network 'DiXiT'. With a background in computer science she collaborates with humanities scholars on research projects. Co-author of digital scholarly edition of vast correspondence of neo-Latin poet and diplomat Ioannes Dantiscus hosted by the University of Warsaw. Recently works on software infrastructure for digital scholarly editions, especially for the TEI ecosystem.

  • Victoria Van Hyning
    Zooniverse, University of Oxford

    Victoria Van Hyning completed her doctoral work at the University of Sheffield, in the department of English Language and Literature, where she held a British Library co-doctoral award. Her work focused on early modern English nuns in exile between 1550 and 1800, and their literary activities. Shortly after completing her doctoral studies she began work at Zooniverse, in Oxford, where she is a Digital Humanities postdoctoral fellow and humanities project lead. She leads several humanities projects, including Science Gossip (, 'Shakespeare's World' with the Folger Shakespeare Library, and 'Anno.Tate' with Tate Britain.

  • Alessandro Vatri
    Faculty of Classics and Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics, University of Oxford

    Alessandro Vatri (D.Phil. Oxon) is Research Assistant in Comparative Philology and Junior Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. His research focuses on ancient Greek oratory, rhetoric, and linguistics. He has worked with treebanks and has taken part in the NEH Institute for Advanced Technology in the Digital Humanities "Working with Text in a Digital Age" (Perseus Project, Tufts University).

  • Daniel Wakelin
    Faculty of English, University of Oxford

    Daniel Wakelin is Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography in the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Humanism, Reading and English Literature 1420-1530 (2007) and Scribal Correction and Literary Craft: English Manuscripts 1375-1510 (2014).

  • Jason Webber
    The British Library

    Jason is the Web Archiving Engagement and Liaison Manager at the British Library and manages the communication and partnerships liaison for the UK Web Archive on behalf of all of the UK Legal deposit libraries. He is also the Program and Communications officer for the IIPC (International Internet Preservation Consortium). Jason has previously managed various digital projects and websites at the Museum of London and the Natural History Museum.

  • David M. Weigl
    Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford

    David M. Weigl is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre. His work involves the application of Linked Data and semantic technologies in order to enrich digital music information and facilitate access to a variety of musical data sources. His research interests revolve around music perception and cognition, and music information retrieval.

  • Tillman Weyde
    Department of Computer Science, City University London

    Tillman Weyde studied Music, Mathematics, and Computer Science, and has been an active researcher for over 20 years on the intersection between machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, as well as music and signal analysis. Tillman is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at City University London and leads the Music Informatics Research Group there. He is the Principal Investigator in the AHRC Digital Transformation Project 'Digital Music Lab - Analysing Big Music Data'.

  • Jane Winters
    Institute of Historical Research, University of London

    Jane Winters is Professor of Digital History at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR). Current and past projects include British History Online, Connected Histories, Early English Laws, Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data, Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities, and Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data.

  • Pip Willcox
    Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford [Co-Director of DHOxSS]

    Pip Willcox is the Curator of Digital Special Collections at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. With a background in scholarly editing and book history, she is an advocate for engaging new audiences for multidisciplinary scholarship and library collections through digital media. She conceived and ran the Sprint for Shakespeare public campaign and the Bodleian First Folio project. Current projects include Early English Print in the HathiTrust (ElEPHãT)—a linked semantic prototyping project, and SOCIAM: the theory and practice of social machines. Pip serves on the Text Encoding Initiative Board of Directors, and is Co-director of the annual Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, convening its introductory workshop strand

  • James Wilson
    IT Services, University of Oxford

    James is a project manager at the University of Oxford IT Services and a member of the Research Support Team. He is coordinating the implementation of a research data management infrastructure at the University, and has been leading the development of the University's Online Research Database Service (ORDS).

DHOxSS Organisational Committee

The organisation of DHOxSS is a collaborative undertaking and overseen by an organisational committee representing the major DH stakeholders at the University of Oxford. For DHOxSS 2015 Organisational Committee consists of:

  • Jacqueline Baker, Oxford University Press
  • James Cummings, Co-Director of DHOxSS, IT Services
  • David De Roure, Wolfson College Digital Cluster
  • Kathryn Eccles, TORCH Digital Humanities Chamption
  • Andrew Fairweather-Tall, Humanities Division
  • Ruth Kirkham, The Oxford Research Centre it the Humanities
  • Eric Meyer, Oxford Internet Institute
  • Kevin Page, Oxford e-Research Centre
  • Pamela Stanworth, IT Services
  • Tara Stubbs, Continuing Education
  • Jessica Suess, Museums & Collections
  • Kathryn Wenczek, IT Services Events Team
  • Pip Willcox, Co-Director of DHOxSS, Bodleian Libraries

Without these volunteers, all the workshop organisers and speakers, venue staff, and the Events team at IT Services, the DHOxSS could not be the success it is.

Poster Session


Date and Time: Monday 20 July 2015
Venue: Weston Library as part of the Welcome Reception

The date for submissions to the poster session has now passed. No more submissions are being accepted.

Producing and printing posters

Delegates whose poster proposals are accepted are responsible for producing and printing their own poster.

The maximum size is A0 portrait (1189 x 841 mm, or 46.8 x 33.1 inches). This is the maximum size of the poster boards. Delegates may wish to make their poster smaller (e.g. A1 size).

Poster boards and velcro will be provided. There will not be tables nor access to power at the poster boards.

Delegates with posters should arrive at the Weston Library in good time (i.e. from 6.30 pm) to display your poster before the 7pm start.

The following poster abstracts were accepted for presentation at DHOxSS 2015:

Maurizio Arfaioli

ITAF – Established to fight a revolt that turned into a conflict of empires, the Spanish Army of Flanders (1568-1714) rose to the challenge, becoming Europe's largest standing army since Roman times – an army in which troops from all corners of the Spanish empire (and beyond) were called to serve. In the end, more than 90,000 Italian soldiers (along with many camp followers, the number of which is impossible to calculate) 'passed to Flanders' in the course of a century and a half of almost uninterrupted conflict, establishing the Italian military 'nation' as one of the pillars of the Army of Flanders. ITAF (Italian Troops of the Army of Flanders), the trial version of the application I intend to present at DHOxSS 2015, is tailored to 'rewire' the military networks of the Italian units that served in the Spanish Army of Flanders (1568-1714) through the effective integration of a variety of archival and bibliographic sources. Beyond military history, I intend also to bring to light the history of the ephemeral community created by the largely unplanned and spontaneous process of social and cultural 'sedimentation' by wave after wave of Italian 'nationals' serving for years in a multi-lingual army stationed at one of the main crossroads of Europe. The final version of this application could be adapted to produce the same results for the Army's other 'nations' (Spanish, British, German, Walloon…). ITAF is developed in C# with a Windows based GUI, which relies on a MySQL Database for data managing.

Kaouther Azouz

Linked Open Data and Educational Content How could linked data enhance the content of the French educational portal "e-sidoc" for "CANOPE Network" users? Abstract: Educational data is in increasing demand by web users, especially students and high schools teachers. In this framework, the French publisher "CANOPE Network" for high school and secondary educational content had launched the initiative of using linked data technologies within its educational portal "e-sidoc". Enhancing its digital contents by linking them to a new datasets, stemmed from authentic databases and cultural institutions, trying to worth the interest of the CANOPE patrons and web users, promotes the richness of "e-sidoc" datasets to academic, governmental and cultural institutions, are the major targets of this project. If "e-sidoc" is the wealthiest educational portal in France, integrating many several digital contents and developing new applications for 6500 high schools portal and 9000 teachers, why should CANOPE Network includes more content and look for the enrichment of its datasets? If CANOPE intends the enhancement of "e-sidoc" that means a lack of visibility of the portal content portal? To get more information about the topic we had interviewed three libraries software consultants, two digital content publishers, one museum and government portal professionals and the project managers of CANOPE Network. The notified statement is that besides the richness of "e-sidoc" content, patrons often look after a new datasets such as Gallica,Dbpedia,book trailers, which may reflects an insatisfaction for the current portal content. This attitude pushed CANOPE to enrich and enhance its datasets.

Lisa Chupin

Transcribing digital herbaria online: from virtual ethnography to design. We study the new forms of reading, interpreting and annotating herbaria created by transcription platforms. We compare five platforms allowing volunteers without specific skills in natural history to transcribe collections of dried plant specimens. We analyse more thoroughly the transcribing platform of the French National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), called "Les Herbonautes", for which our study aims at developing new tools. We study the audience of the platform "Les Herbonautes" with an online form about the motivations of the users and their engagement in other citizen sciences or botanical activities. This survey shows the proximity between botanical communities and the community emerging around the platform. Indeed, the repartition of contributions between volunteers shows the emergence of a group of contributors who are very invested in the transcription goal. Their activity gives rise to discussions in dedicated forums, which we study in order to understand the methods used to produce valid data. A dozen of interviews with users complete this content analysis of forums. They outline the complexity of the informational behaviour generated by this serious leisure. Interviews with scientists taking part in the transcription platform lead us to compare this online activity with scientific methods used to produce knowledge about collections of natural history. Analysing transcribing practices of herbaria is useful to develop suitable tools enabling the volunteers to communicate, exchange and organize pieces of information. We propose new forms of contributions that would be more permissive to expert volunteers.

Iain Emsley

It will discourse most eloquent music: Sonifying Hamlet Visualisation is an established way of understanding data. Sonification can be seen as a complimentary way of analyzing structures. I present my ongoing work that uses sound to express structures within dramatic texts for analysis. Dramatic works can be seen as being made up of internal structures that are of interest to users. Acts, scenes, speakers and stage directions were extracted and the events transformed into audio output. This allows the user to understand the structural events within the context of the work using different audio identifiers. This work poses challenges in building audio analytical tools to help the user understand the data and how textual variants interact with each other. One challenge is how to present the sound to the user. Can we change the perception using the sounds and music that are contemporary to the work, or radically modern? How does sound affect the perception of the speaker's gender and variances of gender roles within a particular play? The sonified data provides an exploratory way of identifying structural changes in the textual data. Using two streams poses technical challenges in making the audio understandable. Variations in timing allow for the structural changes to be more apparent and affect user perception. The Bodleian's First Folio edition of Hamlet was the first text to be sonified for this work. Current work is the exploration of the texts from the Quartos project and sonifying variants of the Hamlet text.

Graham Fereday

My poster will give an overview of the work we're currently doing, using 3D scanning and printing, to enhance the research being carried out by our academic colleagues in the College of Humanities. A number of projects being undertaken involve objects and artefacts that, for reasons of value, fragility, or because they are held in private collections, are not readily available to examine and study. Photography offers one way to make them more accessible, but has its limitations. 3D scanning allows us to capture a digital model of an object which can then be used in a number of ways, including embedding an object viewer into a project website, viewing with a virtual reality headset, or 3D printing replicas that can be handled. Using Artec 3D scanners we are able to scan objects with a resolution of 0.1mm, recording both structure and surface colour and texture. The equipment is portable and can be battery powered, allowing us to take it almost anywhere we need to. In addition we are using a MakerBot 3D printer to create facsimiles of scanned objects. With our academic colleagues we are currently discussing or working on a diverse range of projects, including: a collection of Aramaic incantation bowls; early Christian pilgrimage tokens held at the British Museum; human skulls uncovered in a recent Archaeological dig; historical objects from the archives of the local football club.

Ichiro Fujinaga; Andrew Hankinson; Julie Cumming

A thousand years of print and manuscript music sits on the shelves of libraries and museums around the globe. While on-line digitization programs are opening these collections to a global audience, digital im-ages are only the beginning of true accessibility since the musical content of these images cannot be searched by computer. The goal of the Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis project (SIMSSA: is to teach computers to recognize the musical symbols in these images and assemble the data on a single website, making it a comprehensive search and analysis system for online musical scores. Based on the optical music recognition (OMR) technology, we are creating an infra-structure and tools for processing music documents, transforming vast music collections into symbolic representations that can be searched, studied, analyzed, and performed. Central to the SIMSSA project is the use of collaborative computing, which has been shown to reduce costs and increase accuracy of the symbol recognition process. Musicians, students, and scholars from around the world will be provided tools to correct and improve the results of the recognition process. They will correct the results of the OMR process for music sources they care about, resulting in searcha-ble music for their own work as well as for other musicians. The outcome will be a global network of digital music libraries, allowing anyone with a web browser to search through vast amounts of music from anywhere in the world.

Ulrich Gehn

The international EAGLE-project is building a multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitised items from institutions and archives in the field of Classical Latin and Greek epigraphy in order to provide a single free user-friendly portal to the inscriptions of the Ancient world. This is a massive resource made accessible for the first time to everyone, from the curious to the scholar. EAGLE will be the first resource of this type to provide a massive amount of translations, preferably into English, but also into other languages. The lack of available translations has been a major reason why ancient inscriptions have remained the preserve of the specialist. The general public, but also students, academics, and the history syllabi of schools will hugely benefit from translations. The technology that supports EAGLE is state-of-the-art and tailored to provide the user with the best and most intuitive possible experience. A multilingual Wiki set up for the enrichment and enhancement of epigraphic images and texts will provide a basis for future translations. This includes the definition of guidelines to ensure continuous addition of quality translations produced by the network. Interaction with our partner project Perseids will allow editing of entries in the EAGLE Wiki via the Perseids tool. The EAGLE content will be made available through Wikimedia Commons; this will massively increase its visibility, and will serve as a foundation for the crowdsourcing translations. The Flagship Mobile Application allows smartphone users to take pictures of inscriptions on site and immediately receive contextual information, including translations.

Tanya Gray Jones; Neil Jefferies

The Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services (BDLSS) provides digital services for students, researchers and staff across the University of Oxford. The department works in collaboration with scholars and librarians at Oxford and has a large portfolio of digital projects that concern the description of cultural objects such as Broadside Ballads, Hebrew manuscripts, and Queen Victoria's journals. The Bodleian Libraries' digital projects have in common, descriptions of creative works, people, organisations, and the relationships and events that they participate in. Work has been initiated to develop a common data model (CAMELOT) that represents these objects. CAMELOT is a contextual data model that represents common types of things described in digital library projects, such as person and creative work. The data model includes an event object that allows relationships, assertions and cultural items to be described in context. CAMELOT is a semantic data model concerned with the description of "real world" objects, their properties and their relationships. The data model is represented using RDF vocabularies, with reuse of existing vocabularies where appropriate, as well as mapping to existing data standards. Further to a data model of common types of objects in the BDLSS digital projects, a reusable code library based on the data model is under development that will feature in future BDLSS digital projects. Objects in the code library include person, agent, event, identifier and relationship. The poster will be useful for delegates by giving insight into a digital library project concerning the representation of data in digital humanities projects.

Mike Jones

The poster introduces the wide-ranging and overlapping elements of the AHRC-funded Know Your Bristol on the Move project (, describing the digital tools developed or enhanced to provide a platform to explore models of community co-production and highlight the challenges and tensions that were faced. The project was a collaboration between the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and several community groups, enabling the exploration, research and co-production of Bristol history, heritage and culture through digital tools. The project developed new tools like the Map Your Bristol website ( (Drupal CMS) and companion app (Apache Cordova) for Android and iOS devices to provide an easy-to-use crowdsourcing platform that allows community members to add places and share stories and digital artefacts within the context of historical maps. The project also funded the enhancement of existing tools like Bristol City Council's Know Your Place website ( (ArcGIS) that provides a rich set of contemporary and historic maps and digitised artefacts of historic collections held by the city, providing a controlled and moderated space that forms part of the Historic Environment Record that city planners consult when making planning decisions. The Know Your Bristol on the Move project also provided a bus fully equipped with the latest audio and video equipment to provide a mobile meeting space where local people could congregate to share stories, explore the city's history and have artefacts digitised. All these tools provided a platform for exploring models of co-production and were used in a number of public events and workshops designed and organised by academics and community groups.

Alison Kay

Current approaches to connecting material on the web by exploiting linked datasets do not take into account the data characteristics of the cultural heritage domain. Funded by Semantic Media, the POWKist project is a multi-disciplinary (humanities, information studies, computer science) and cross-institutional undertaking (Northumbria & Aberdeen). We are investigating how best to capture, curate, connect and present the contents of citizen-historians' shoebox archives (micro & family history related) in an accessible and sustainable online collection. Using the Curios platform - an open-source digital archive - we have digitised a collection relating to a prisoner of war during WWII (1939-1945). Following a series of user group workshops, POWkist is now connecting these 'made digital' items with the broader web using a semantic technology model and identifying appropriate linked datasets of relevant content such as DBPedia (an archived linked dataset of Wikipedia) and Ordnance Survey Open Data. We are analysing the characteristics of cultural heritage linked datasets, so that these materials are better visualised, contextualised and presented in an attractive and comprehensive user interface.

Nushrat Khan

DSpace is a widely used platform to create open access repositories for publishing and sharing digital contents. With the integration of REST API for publishing data with their metadata in the latest upgrade, it promises to make the data ingestion procedure easier. However, the scope of using DSpace for publishing large amount of research data and metadata using REST API is not well explored yet and in general it requires constant involvement of a developer to maintain the batch ingestion process. This work, which is a part of NSF sponsored project called Sustainable Environment and Actionable Data (SEAD), explores the scope of using DSpace to publish and share large-scale research data for researchers across all disciplines. Since a research project can have large amount of data, automation of data reception and ingestion can be helpful to reduce the time and effort required. Therefore, in this project we are developing a system to automatically receive the data from sender, which comes in a bag containing ORE file with all metadata of aggregator and aggregated resources, and all kinds of associated textual and non-textual files. Then it parses and extracts the metadata from ORE file to publish the metadata for every file and automatically sends it to the repository using REST API. While the automation of REST API service can be useful for the users, it has been explored that all types of metadata entry is still challenging for binary files. Therefore, further improvement of the REST API is necessary.

Anouk Lang

In 1885, Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny van der Grift Stevenson published The Dynamiter, a collection of stories which, according to a preface written by Fanny after Louis's death, were collaboratively authored. However, the precise circumstances of the collaboration have been a puzzle for Stevenson scholars, and so far no authorship attribution analysis has been carried out on the volume which might offer a computational angle on this question. The central challenge presented by the volume is that while there is great deal of text authored by Louis which can be used as a training sample, there is much less text available which is known to have been authored by Fanny. This poster reports on what occurred when students taking the MSc course Digital Humanities for Literary Studies at the University of Edinburgh were given this research problem, and were set the task of using techniques from stylometry alongside their skills of conventional literary historical research to come to a conclusion about which of the Stevensons might plausibly have authored which sections of The Dynamiter. Using the R package Stylo to apply Burrows's Delta (2002), along with some modifications suggested by Hoover (2004), the group used Principal Components Analysis, Multidimensional Scaling and Cluster Analysis to visualise the results. These results suggest that the lessons learned from stylometry about the stories' "authorial fingerprint" (Juola 2006: 241) differ in key ways from the story about the co-authorship of the volume that the Stevensons constructed for the public record.

Miranda Lewis

Our poster showcases Early Modern Letters Online [EMLO], the union catalogue at the heart of the Mellon-funded 'Cultures of Knowledge' project. It explains the work being conducted with early modern correspondence and the networks and themes involved in these epistolary exchanges, and suggests how in the course of their own research early career scholars can contribute using the digital tools and standards developed by EMLO. The poster complements Professor Howard Hotson's DHOxSS 2015 lecture 'Networking: Reassembling the Republic of Letters, 1500–1800' and highlights how work conducted in Oxford will feed into the foundations of an innovative and collaborative pan-European platform intended to unite scattered archival materials on an unprecedented scale. Cultures of Knowledge [CofK] employs hourly paid Digital Fellows to help prepare metadata for upload to EMLO. Predominantly doctoral students with a profound interest the Digital Humanities, people networks, and/or correspondence, in previous years many of these Digital Fellows have attended the DHOxSS. We would like to spread the word to this year's delegates about the various possibilities of involvement with EMLO and the new European networking project, the COST-funded 'Reassembling the Republic of Letters'. Beyond the (limited) financial remuneration on offer, the benefits of involvement with EMLO include a presence on the CofK website and the opportunity to cite work undertaken for the project — both the scholarly and digital humanities aspects — on a c.v. Thus far, we have found large numbers of UK-based and international doctoral students and early career researchers wish to be involved.

Maria Imaculada da Conceição; Iris Kantor

Digital Library of Historical Cartography: open access to a cultural heritage The Digital Library of Historical Cartography of the University of São Paulo has made available a set of high-resolution digital versions of maps printed between the XV and XIX centuries. Each map comes with extensive carto-bibliographical, biographical, editorial and historical references. It seeks to be a dynamic repository of information to make research of different kinds (demographic, archaeological, linguistic, environmental, ethnographic and iconographic) possible. This is a database that presents many facets of cartographic information as part of the history of art and science, within the perspective of historical, political, economic and social development and from the point of view of urban history, ethnography, ecology etc. It was conceived by the Historical Cartography Studies' Laboratory team (LECH/USP) and a multidisciplinary team was then created to specify the needs of the new public digital library. Face-to-face and meetings at a distance were held and a discussion list for the several subgroups of the team's members was drawn up to foster interaction. The multidisciplinary integration presented the possibility of building a database tool permitting interactions with the University's Bibliographical Database (Dedalus) as well as the retrieval of information from other databases, the University's and others. Given the need to deal with the character of cartographic evidence, we chose to provide high resolution Web map images, offering users a range of information on maps, the context of their production, the reception they were given and the editorial manipulations they underwent. Also included are data on technical-scientific aspects (projections, scales, coordinates), printing techniques and material support that have made their circulation and cultural consumption possible.

Elizabeth MacDonald

Biblissima is a French project focussing on the written cultural heritage of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The project's nine partner institutions bring together approximately fifty resources and tools, all of which can be used when working with medieval manuscripts, incunabula and early printed books: catalogues and indexes, specialised databases, digital libraries, digital editions, and tools to aid in studying and understanding these documents. These resources and tools were designed for different purposes at different points in time; as such, they were developed in different formats and using a variety of technologies. The project's aims are twofold: to enrich and expand these resources with new and complementary data, and to build a virtual research environment that will provide users with a single access point to search for and manipulate all these different resources. Biblissima is an interesting example of a Digital Humanities project, and one that participants at the Oxford Summer School may find particularly relevant, as it makes use of many of the technologies and approaches discussed in the various workshops: - use of linked data and semantic web technologies to model and align heterogeneous data (development of a CIDOC-CRM compliant ontology to express relationships and events in RDF) - transcription and critical edition of source documents using the TEI - interoperability between image repositories using IIIF and a compatible viewer The poster will present the Biblissima project and its context, as well as the developments currently underway to ensure the interoperability of a multiplicity of heterogeneous resources.

Piotr Marecki

Renderings – a project devoted to the translation of e-lit works into English. The poster is devoted to the Renderings project established at MIT at the Trope Tank lab headed by Nick Montfort. As the project's website explains: "The Renderings project focuses on translating highly computational and otherwise unusual literature into English. [The participants] not only employ established literary translation techniques, but also consider how computation and language interact." The poster defines and explains basic terms and phenomena relevant to the project, like highly computational literature, expressive processing, and platform studies, and presents the specifics of chosen genres of electronic literature. It discusses the general principles of the project (organizational structure, languages, direction of the translation, types of works included) and the anatomy of chosen e-lit works. The main part of the poster is a step by step analysis of the translation process, which involves not only the level of text, familiar to literary translation, but also the way computational processes function and are programmed. The analysis draws from the methodology developed by the fields of code studies, platform studies and expressive processing. The poster is prepared collaboratively by the group of researches and translators affiliated with the Renderings project.

Maki Miyake

In the poster session, I would like to present our ongoing study on investigating the similarities and differences between the influential modern editions of the Greek New Testament. We especially focused on the books of the four gospels and applied some promising statistical measures such as classical similarity base on edit distance (Levenshtein), token-based method (Cosine similarity) and the fuzzy matching techniques (Fuzzy Cosine similarity). By comparing the statistical results, we might explore what aspects cause the difference in variants. In the course of the study, we have been developing an interactive web application for comparing minor differences between modern critical editions of the New Testament. The text comparison tool is implemented by using R programming language with a web application framework for R package called "Shiny". According to the optional statistical measures, the tool can dynamically calculate the differences between two editions. This heuristic tool could provide insights into the distinctive features of the critical editions. The study is situated in interdisciplinary fields of computer science and humanities involving the field of philology and natural language processing as well as corpus linguistics. It then seems significantly relevant to the topics of your workshop titled "From Text to Tech". I hope delegates at DHOxSS will be inspired by the project and share their ideas to improve the quality of studies related to the field of Digital Humanities.

Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller; Pip Willcox; Kevin R. Page

The ElEPHãT project -- Early English Print in HathiTrust, a Linked Semantic Worksets Prototype -- demonstrates the use of Linked Data for combining, through worksets, information from independent collections into a coherent view which can be studied and analyzed to facilitate and improve academic investigation of the constituents. The project focuses on the potential symbiosis between two datasets: the first is Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP), a mature corpus of digitized content consisting of English text from the first book printed through to 1700, with highly accurate, fully-searchable, XML-encoded texts; the second is a custom dataset from the HathiTrust Digital Library of all materials in English published between 1470 and 1700.

Meriel Patrick

The Online Research Database Service (ORDS) is a free web-based tool for Oxford researchers. Users can create, edit, and query relational databases online. ORDS was built with researchers' requirements in mind. It offers secure cloud hosting, meaning that data can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection. It's easy to share databases with collaborators, and if desired, datasets can also be made publicly available on the web. ORDS is also designed to facilitate long-term preservation of data after the end of a research project. A one-click archiving mechanism (to allow data to be deposited in a suitable repository) is currently in development. The service was developed by the University of Oxford's IT Services. Although the current ORDS service is only available to members of the University of Oxford and their collaborators, the code for the ORDS software will be made openly available later in 2015, and the ORDS team is working with other institutions who are interested in providing their own instance of the service. A copy of the ORDS poster can be seen here: For more information, visit the ORDS website:

Jaime Ranchal

I believe that ancient texts have yet may readings to offer and so I want to encourage those interested in Digital Humanities to use its tools to explore in new ways classical literature. In order to improve the quality of our research in a world full of information, ways of accessing relevant new contents are necessary, if we do not want to lose ourselves in a sea of data. This is an open question that concerns all sciences, but above all, it is mainly a linguistic problem: to give sense to an ever-growing scientific textual production, trascending single word boundaries into the complex world of ´semantics´. Since the movement from paper to a digital medium started more than half a century ago, there have been great progress in the amount and type of data embed within the text itself, largely morphosintactic data. On the other hand, application of stochastic methods have lead to important advances in the understanding of the text (e.g. LSA, LDA). While the first statement remains true for classical studies - textual databases of ancient greek and latin literature were among the first of their kind - some lack of attention can be felt towards application of semantic or topic searching to ancient writers. This poster tries to make up for this, presenting some efforts to apply the concept of "topic modeling" (Blei 2003) to Herodotus and ancient greek historiography. The complete results of this research are part of my PhD dissertation, not published yet.

Ségolène Tarte; Pip Willcox; Hugh Glaser; David de Roure

Title: Archetypal Narratives in Social Machines: Approaching Sociality through Prosopography

Abstract: Introducing Social Machines as web-enabled entities integrating social energies and computational powers into a socio-technical system (whether purposeful or not) where social dynamics animate communities, this poster presents a theoretical framework in which to observe them. Attempting to strike a balance between the roles of humans and non-humans, and aware of the difficulties that this heterogeneity presents, we propose to approach the questions of capturing the social dynamics of a social machine through prosopography. Prosopography allows to systematically study a collection of biographies, be they of persons, artefacts, infrastructures of groups thereof. Systematization is achieved through designing an appropriate questionnaire to gather homogeneous data across the biographies. Our questionnaire design relies on the identification of five archetypal elements in biographical narratives. Illustrating our method with examples, we demonstrate how our archetypal narratives have the potential to describe at least aspects of the social dynamics in social machines. Aim: This poster presents a (rare) occurrence of a methodology used traditionally by historians, and applied here for the study of socio-technical systems. It's a great example of cross-pollination, and one that does not go in the usual direction of sciences applied to the humanities.

Ségolène Tarte

Title: At the confluence of Cognition and the Digital in Humanities Research

Abstract: This poster presents an overview of research undertaken to understand the cognitive underpinning of the act of interpretation of ancient textual artefacts, and where and how digital technologies might be of support. Aim: This poster presents issues that underline the importance of understanding underlying methodologies and field-specific epistemologies both in the computer sciences and in the Humanities when setting out to develop digital tools for humanities research.

David Tomkins

The ORA-Data repository in action: the University of Oxford's new research data archive The University of Oxford recently launched the Oxford Research Archive for Data (ORA-Data), a new research data repository managed by the Bodleian Libraries. This poster will show the solutions chosen to manage the challenges and issues posed by building a bespoke service for our user community, and will present a snapshot of the working repository in action. From a user's perspective, ORA-Data is fully integrated with our existing repository for research publications (ORA), offering a seamless deposit experience to facilitate linking datasets to relevant publications. The work required to achieve this will be demonstrated from start to finish, including the requirements gathering, wireframing and community testing which underpins the user interface design, the preparation of the legal framework and cost model, and capacity planning to establish potential demands on the service. Alongside this, the newly live repository will be shown in operation, including the mediated review process all deposits undergo, and illustrated with workflow statistics.

Myriam C. Traub

Title: Impact Analysis of OCR Quality on Research Tasks in Digital Archives

Abstract: Humanities scholars increasingly rely on digital archives for their research in place of time-consuming visits to physical archives. This shift in research methodology has the hidden cost of working with digitally processed historical documents: how much trust can a scholar place in noisy representations of source texts? In a series of interviews with historians about their use of digital archives, we found that scholars are aware that optical character recognition (OCR) errors may bias their results. They were, however, unable to quantify this bias or to indicate what information they would need to estimate it. Based on the interviews and a literature study, we provide a classification scheme relating scholarly research tasks to their specific OCR-induced uncertainty and the data required for more reliable uncertainty estimations. We conducted a use case study on a national newspaper archive with example research tasks. From this we learned what data is typically available in digital archives and how it could be used to reduce and/or assess the uncertainty in result sets. We conclude that the current knowledge situation on the users' side as well as on the tool makers and data providers' side is insufficient and needs further research to be improved.

Magdalena Turska

The Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) are widely used for creating resources, but there is little standardisation and no prescriptive approach towards processing TEI documents. TEI Simple project aims to close that gap, aiming to eliminate ambiguity for the encoder and provide recommendations for default transformations into popular output format. At the same time its Processing Model offers the possibility of building customized processing models within the same infrastructure. Editors and developers unfamiliar with the TEI often approach the development of TEI processing systems either with trepidation or ignorance of potential complications - TEI Simple provides a layer of abstraction to separate high-level editorial decisions about processing from final rendition choices and low-level output-format specific intricacies. This poster hopes to present the project to a wide group of prospective early adopters attending DHOxSS: editors, curators and archivists dealing with the TEI documents.

Vanessa Juloux

Qualitative and quantitative approaches to inventory paradigms for analyzing the relationships between Ancient Near Est entities and for showing their agencies: Hypatie an open scientific DB. Hypatie has started from two observations: (1) the lack of digital bibliographical notices specialized in the RbE; (2) scientists are studying individually, when the researches of some can be useful for the others in contributing to enrich an open scientific DB, and this collectively, in real-time. The DB was designed around, and according to inflectional paradigms and entities — extracted from scientific publications or corpus. Datamining from scientific publications allows to set up the first digital bibliographical notices for studying RbE and their agencies; datamining from corpus allows to begin an ontology of RbE and agencies. This project rapidly adopted a collaborative dimension, assuming the digital age was a fantastic opportunity to change the way we work, by adopting a new methodology for sharing data in philology and anthropological fields. The user is collaborating not only in building notices and ontology but also he may organize his virtual desk for exporting his data or for sorting them, or for doing statistics, or even for sharing them with the Hypatie community. This open scientific platform is available for scientists studying RbE of Ancient Near East and/or their agencies from the beginning of the writing to late Antiquity. Summer School is the appropriate place to talk about the needs of different users as I am thinking to open it to modern and contemporary periods.

Francisco O. D. Veloso

This poster reports two parallel, ongoing research projects on comics, partially funded by a Germany/Hong Kong Joint Research Scheme. The first is developing a fine-grained classification network for the annotation of visually sophisticated page layout in comics and graphic novels. This work builds on Groensteen's (2007) notion of the hyperframe, a macro unit where different semiotic modes combine in two-dimensional compositions. The framework argues against previous claims that it is not possible to treat such aspects systematically (cf. Postema, 2013). The project discusses the complexity of the comics page from a diachronic perspective, developing and applying a further annotation scheme including both the verbal language in speech bubbles and captions and other visual semiotic properties. Here the decomposition of semiotic modes (Bateman, 2011) is applied to offer a systematic methodological approach to analysis and interpretation as complex multimodal documents, in which information and expressive strategies can be tracked both within single documents and across time. Both annotation schemes demonstrate that corpus-methods can be beneficially applied in the analysis of visual media. Diachronic data analysis shows changes in the use of language, in the relationships between language and pictures, and in the use of color and background in the construction of narratives over time. Together the projects demonstrate how empirical methods for the annotation and analysis of comics as complex multimodal documents can be applied to yield a more articulated characterization of the particular contributions of the medium and its relationships with other media.

David M. Weigl; David Lewis; Tim Crawford; Ian Knopke; Kevin R. Page

By connecting digital resources describing overlapping subjects (e.g., composers, musical works) but lacking common IDs, we can enable new modes of exploration and discovery beyond what is possible when the datasets are analysed in isolation. The potential for ambiguities and inconsistencies in the data, and differences in the underlying data schemas, make this alignment process difficult to automate. Manual performance of this process may be time-consuming and error-prone, given the potential magnitude of the data involved. We present a software tool that addresses this problem by applying semantic technologies and Linked Data approaches to produce candidate alignment suggestions based on textual similarity and on user-configurable contextual cues. These alignment candidates may be confirmed or disputed by a musicologist drawing on domain expertise. The decisions are integrated into the tool's knowledge base and become available for further iterative comparison by the user. Provenance of the musicologist's judgement is also captured and stored, supporting further scholarly discourse and counter-proposals. The outcomes of this process are published as Linked Data, enabling the reuse of the dataset alignment in other contexts. We report on a use case of this tool joining metadata from the British Library and other sources with programme data from BBC Radio 3 in a project focusing on early music. This project will augment the Early Music Show (EMS) programme website with digitised musical score, biographical information, and a novel, contextual navigation interface enabling the exploration of EMS episode content according to contextual criteria including bibliographic, chronological, and geographical proximity measures.

Milena Zeidler

My poster presents my doctoral project, a transnational study of pan-European Jewish relief networks and their role in the shaping of modern Jewish international consciousness in Central and Eastern Europe (two case studies). It brings the methods of digital humanities to bear on historical exploration, and will incorporate network visualisations and interactive maps. It revisits themes previously studied in isolation dictated by nation-state borders or by the limitations of less advanced quantitative methodologies, with the aim of presenting the Jewish philanthropic networks in Central and Eastern Europe as part of a wider interconnected and dynamic – pan-European relief system. In its first digital phase, it focuses on transcribing extensive donors' lists published in select 19th century newspapers, their encoding and mark-up in TEI XML. In the second digital phase, metadata thus acquired will be used to:
(1) create searchable prosopographical data tables, providing information on locations, people, their economic and social standing, as recorded in the original donors' lists, allowing for keyword search across the entire subset of records, as well as sorting by place-name, donor-name, date, and financial-contribution;
(2) to enable further transformations to produce data-driven visualisations (possibly in D3.js), showcasing the growing donor engagement and the overlapping of fundraisers in both of my case studies.

Social Events

Monday 20 July 2015: Welcome Drinks Reception and Poster Session

Venue: Weston Library
Times: 19:00 - 20:30
Charge: Free to attend, but booking required.

This reception gives you a chance to meet and talk to the other delegates and speakers. This reception includes drinks and nibbles, but not a full evening meal.

At this event there will be a peer-reviewed poster session

Tuesday 21 July 2015: Guided Walking Tour of Oxford

Venue: Central Oxford
Times: 18:30 - 19:30
Charge: Free to attend, but booking required.

There is an Oxford Official Guided Walking Tour of Oxford. This is the main introductory tour of Oxford. The guide will take you through the heart of the historic city centre illustrating the history of Oxford and its University and describing the architecture and traditions of its most famous buildings and institutions.

There is no additional charge for DHOxSS delegates for this event but there are a limited number of places available. Delegates wishing to attend, you must book it when registering for DHOxSS.

Wednesday 22 July 2015: TORCH Digital Humanities Lecture

Venue: Mathematics Institute
Charge: Free to attend, but booking required.

The annual TORCH Digital Humanities lecture is an invited lecture run by the The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities to which DHOxSS delegates are invited. This event is free but should be booked when registering for DHOxSS to ensure a place. This year's speaker is Michael Docherty, Director of Digital at Cancer Research UK.

Title: Fundraising Through Digital: How clicktivists, slacktivists and hacktivists are helping us beat cancer sooner

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Our vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Our work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer has helped double UK survival rates in the last forty years. Our ambition is to accelerate that progress so we see at least 3 in 4 patients survive cancer by 2034; the digital revolution playing an important role in helping us get us there.

We will explore the work we’re doing to increase our fundraising impact through digital, how we’re opening up our research for the digital world to engage with, and what might come next.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

Michael Docherty is Cancer Research UK's digital director and has been with the charity since late 2007. In the last year Docherty has continued to build digital capability into CRUK and drive the transformation of to make it robust, responsive, social, open and, above all, user-centric. In March this year the quality of the new site was put to the test through the #nomakeupselfie meme, where £8m was raised in a few days and the site ran smoothly with visitor volumes off the charts. Prior to CRUK, Docherty was a group marketing manager at Telstra, Australia's leading communications company, and has held various product and brand marketing roles at Yahoo, Hutchison Telecoms and Fairfax Digital.

Thursday 23 July 2015: DHOxSS Dinner at Exeter College

Venue: Exeter College
Times: 19:00 (Pre-dinner drinks), 20:00 (Dinner, to finish before 22:30)
Charge: £57.50 in addition to the registration fee, booking required.

A pre-dinner drinks reception is followed by a three-course meal in a stunning Oxford setting -- this is an event not to be missed! There is no specific dress code for the event (delgates may choose to dress up, but it is not required).

Friday 24 July 2015: Informal Pub Trip

Venue: TBC
Charge: Payment for any food or drink consumed.

Just after DHOxSS has ended some speakers and delegates of DHOxSS 2015 will be attending a nearby pub.

Other Activities

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