DHOxSS 2012

1. Introduction

The Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School (DHOXSS) 2012 takes places from 2nd - 6th July at the University of Oxford. DHOXSS delegates will be introduced to a range of topics suitable for researchers, project managers, research assistants, and students who are interested in the creation, management, or publication of digital data in the humanities.

Delegates will follow one of our 5 day workshops on:

  • An Introduction to XML and the Text Encoding Initiative
  • Working with TEI Texts (Advanced)
  • An Introduction to Digital Humanities Tools and Approaches
  • A Humanities Web of Data: Publishing, Linking, Querying and Visualisation on the Semantic Web

Each day will also contain plenary guest lectures by experts in their fields, plus sessions on a wide variety of Digital Humanities topics. There will be morning surgery sessions to discuss projects and possibilities with tutors. The summer school is a collaboration for Digital Humanities at Oxford between Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS), Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC), with the assistance of the Humanities Division, the Bodleian Libraries, the Oxford Internet Institute, and e-Research South. The DHOXSS is organized by James Cummings at OUCS.

The Summer School will be located at Merton CollegeOUCS, and the OeRC, all situated in the centre of Oxford.

2. Programme

The outline programme for the summer school currently looks like this:

Time Monday 2 July Tuesday 3 July Wednesday 4 July Thursday 5 July Friday 6 July
09:30-10:00 Registration Surgery A: "Focus Group on Sustainability and EEBO-TCP" Judith Siefring (Bodleian)


Surgery B: "Text Encoding Project Advice" James Cummings (OUCS) Surgery C: "Web Project and Data Modelling" James Cummings (OUCS), Alexander Dutton (OUCS), Monica Messaggi-Kaya (Bodleian), Pip Willcox(Bodleian) Surgery D: "Making funding proposals for digital projects" Martin Wynne (OUCS)
10:00-11:00 Plenary Lecture: "Crowdsourcing in the Humanities" Chris Lintott (Zooniverse) Plenary Lecture: "Humanities Research Data -- Rate me!" Wolfram Horstmann (Bodleian)


Plenary Lecture: "Social Machines"Dave DeRoure (OeRC)


Plenary Lecture: "Linked Data in the Humanities: An Open-and-Shut Case?" Elton Barker (Open University) and Leif Isaksen (University of Southampton)


Plenary Lecture: "Making the Digital Human: Anxieties, Possibilities, and Challenges" Andrew Prescott (King's College London) Blog Post
11:00-11:30 Tea Break
11:30-12:30 5 Day Parallel Workshops: Introductory Lectures
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Travel Time
14:00-16:00 5 Day Parallel Workshops: Practical Work and Other Talks
16:00-16:30 Tea Break
16:30-17:30 Parallel Session 1: "Oxford adventures in crowdsourcing: models for engaging communities and enhancing digital collections" Kate Lindsay (OUCS) and David Tomkins (Bodleian)

Slides (Tomkins)Slides (Lindsay);

Parallel Session 2: "Creating Digital Data Resources: Issues to consider" David Robey (OeRC)


Parallel Session 3: "The other 99%: two approaches to project modelling"Pip Willcox (Bodleian)


Parallel Session 4: "Encoding Music Text and Text with Music"Raffaele Viglianti (King's College London)


Parallel Session 5: "Copyright and Open Licensing" Rowan Wilson (OUCS)

Parallel Session 6: "Silos and Street-Literature: Digitising and Linking Cheap Print Collections and Traditions" Giles Bergel (Merton College and English Faculty)

Parallel Session 7: "Impact as a process: Understanding and enhancing the reach of digital resources" Eric Meyer (OII) and Kathryn Eccles (OII)


Parallel Session 8: "Discoverability, Accessibility, and Machine-Readability" Joseph Talbot (OUCS)

Parallel Session 9: "Digital Library Technologies and Best Practice" Neil Jefferies (Bodleian) and Christine Madsen (Bodleian)

Parallel Session 10: "Panel: Running Digital Humanities Summer Schools" James Cummings (OUCS), Sebastian Rahtz (OUCS), Erin Snyder (OeRC), John Pybus (OeRC), Ray Siemens (University of Victoria) Slides

19:00- Drinks Reception   Banquet Drinks Reception  

3. Booking

Booking is now closed!

Your booking is not final until you have paid and received a confirmation of payment. If you have any questions contact: courses@oucs.ox.ac.uk

The booking is subject to terms and conditions.

4. Delegate Joining Instructions

A printed booklet of DHOXSS material will be given to all delegates. There is no pre-reading or work that is needed for this summer school.

Location and Travel

The course will take place at Merton College (Merton Street, Oxford, OX1 4JD), Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS) (13 Banbury Rd, Oxford, OX2 6NN) and the OERC (7 Keble Road, Oxford, OX1 3QG).

For information on transport to Oxford:

For travel details to Merton College, please see: http://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/aboutmerton/visitorinfo.shtml For travel details to OUCS please see: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/about/travel.xml


There is no parking available at either Merton College or OUCS, if you require parking please look at the following website http://www.oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/decTS/Car_Parks_occw.htm

Conference Registration Details

Conference Registration will be at Merton College. All morning sessions are at Merton College. 

On Monday 2nd July the registration desk will be open at Merton, in the T.S. Eliot Theatre foyer from 9.30 am. Please follow "Digital Humanities" signs.

The summer school will formally start at 10 am.

Please Note: If you need to contact us on the morning of the 2nd for any reason please telephone (+44) (0)1865 273200 option 2.


For those who have booked accommodation at Merton please go to the Merton College Lodge on Merton Street, and present yourself to the Porters. Check in time is from 3pm. The Lodge is open until 11.00pm every day, if you will arrive after this time please let the Porters know in advance by calling (+44) (0) 1865 276310 and when speaking to them mention the Digital Humanities Summer School.

Checking out time is 10.00am, please return your key to the Porters at the Lodge.

Luggage can be stored in the T.S. Eliot Theatre prior to check-in and after check-out. Storage of luggage can also be organised at OUCS on the final day if required. Please email us at to arrange.

Emergency contact numbers

  • Police/Ambulance/Fire: 999
  • Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School administration: (+44) (0)1865 273200 option 2
  • Merton College Lodge: (+44) (0)1865 276310


If you have any accessibility requirements please let us know by emailing: courses@oucs.ox.ac.uk.

Day Time Arrangements

The morning sessions will be at Merton, followed by a buffet lunch each day at Merton.

The lunch will cater for vegetarians and any special dietary requirements that you have notified us of. The afternoon sessions will be at OUCS and OERC and will start at 2 pm each day.

Please note: Merton is about a 30 minute walk from OUCS -- please bring a coat/umbrella in case of rain!

Evening Arrangements

Events have been arranged for 3 evenings.

The main banquet is taking place on the Wednesday evening at 7.00pm - booking for this event has now closed.

There are also two free drinks receptions, one on the Monday evening at Merton College at 7.00pm on the Sundial Lawn, the second is on the Thursday evening at 7.00pm at the Natural History Museum (http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk/visiting/). We will send a separate email about this at the beginning of next week.

Computers, Laptops, and Wifi

All of the computer based course work will be done on individual Windows desktops in the OUCS teaching suite. However, if you want to bring a laptop as well, there will be power sockets available and wireless accounts will be made available. Please make sure you bring your power adaptor suitable UK power sockets.

There will be a password provided for free wireless use at Merton College, this password will be the same for the lecture theatre and also for the bedrooms if you are staying there.

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We look forward to seeing you at Oxford, meanwhile, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us at: courses@oucs.ox.ac.uk.

5. Sponsorship

The Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School 2012 is open to receiving sponsorship from other institutions or commercial organizations. See our sponsorship menu or email (below) for more information.

6. Contact

All the information we're currently able to release is available here. However if you have additional enquiries, contact courses@oucs.ox.ac.uk in the first instance.

Some updates will also be posted via the twitter account: @dhoxss (@DH_Oxford and @OxHumanities might also be of interest). There is also a lanyrd site at: http://lanyrd.com/2012/dhoxss.