July saw the return of the ever-popular Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School which was predominantly hosted at St Hugh's college with workshops also taking place in IT Services and at the Oxford e-Research Centre.
"The Summer School aims to encourage, inspire, and provide the skills for innovative research across the humanities using digital technologies, and to foster a community around it,"
Pip Willcox, head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship at Oxford University.
The Summer School is the largest in Europe (and second largest in the world). It is organised by colleagues across the University, led by co-directors James Cummings and Pip Willcox. It aims to encourage, inspire, and provide the skills for innovative research across the humanities using digital technologies, and to foster a community around it.
"The Summer School offers training to anyone with an interest in using digital technologies in the Humanities, including academics at all career stages, students, project managers, and people who work in IT, libraries, and cultural heritage. Delegates select one week-long workshop, supplementing their training with expert guest lectures and a busy social programme."
This year 166 delegates from all over the world attended workshops ranging from: An Introduction to Digital Humanities, Text to Tech; An Introduction to the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative; Digital Musicology; Analysing Humanities Data; Linked Data for the Humanities and Social Humanities: Citizens at Scale in the Digital World.
As always, there was also a range of fascinating lectures many of which tapped into the great wealth of knowledge and expertise based here at Oxford.
Alongside the extensive training, delegates enjoyed a range of impressive social events including a walking tour of historic Oxford, an evening and poster reception at the impressive Natural History Museum and all the trimmings of Oxford College-life at the remarkable St Hughs venue and accomodation.
The recently renovated St Luke's Chapel on the redeveloped Radcliffe Infirmary site was used as an impressive venue for some of the lectures, while the ever popular and imposing hall at Exeter College hosted the main formal dinner.
All in all the Summer School was an extremely enjoyable, intensive week, fostering knowledge, friendship and future collaboration for the wide range of delegates who made the trip to beautiful, sunny Oxford.
The Digital Humanities Summer School 2017 runs from the 3rd-7th July. For more information on next year's event please see http://digital.humanities.ox.ac.uk/dhoxss/2017/
View a slide show of images of this year's event