• 1. Cultural Connections: exchanging knowledge and widening participation in the Humanities
  • 2. How to do Digital Humanities: Discovery, Analysis and Collaboration
  • 3. A Humanities Web of Data: publishing, linking and querying on the semantic web
  • 4. An Introduction to XML and the Text Encoding Initiative
  • 5. An Introduction to XSLT for Digital Humanists

This page lists all the information we have about each of our 5-day workshops. DHOxSS delegates are expected to follow one of these workshops and you may not swap between them. All information and timetables is tentative and may be subject to change.

1. Cultural Connections: exchanging knowledge and widening participation in the Humanities

Abstract: Learning how to communicate your research to different audiences is an increasing part of academic life. Cultural Connections offers an introduction to public engagement skills that will help you work effectively within and beyond universities.

Through a combination of presentations, panel discussions, workshops and participative activities, you will learn techniques and methods for exchanging knowledge to enrich the wider cultural and economic community, and enable future research.

Presenters are experts drawn from fields across the Humanities and beyond, teaching practical skills and reflecting on their own experiences of engaging different audiences in their work. While the digital plays a large part in this workshop, it is not an exclusive focus.

The workshop considers:

  • Digital publishing: commercial; open access
  • Knowledge Exchange: what, why, how?
  • Narrative development for communicating research
  • Public engagement: social media; schools; museums; interest groups beyond academia
  • Measuring impact, qualitatively and quantitatively
  • Humanities research and the economy

We ask you to bring an idea of research you would like to share with a wider audience that you can develop over the week. This can be a work in progress whose horizons you would like to broaden, the seed of an idea for a future research project, or anything in between.

To foster a collaborative approach throughout the workshop, we encourage participants to work in small groups. Working closely together provides continuity where you can benefit from shared development of ideas and problem-solving. In turn this can feed back into your own work. We hope this collegiality will last beyond the workshop, as you return to your home institutions with an enlarged network of practitioners in related fields. Note: These practical exercises will not be done on computers.

Doctoral students and early career academics at the University of Oxford may be interested in the John Fell Fund bursaries offered for the Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School, four or which are reserved for participants in this workshop strand.

Keywords: Knowledge Exchange, Impact, Public Engagement, Communication skills

Level: Introductory

Organiser: Pip Willcox (Bodleian Libraries)

Speakers: A vast array.

Workshop Timetable
Times Monday 8 July 2013

Introduction and Impact

Tuesday 9 July 2013

Developing Narratives

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Developing Forums

Thursday 11 July 2013

Curating Cultural Capital

Friday 12 July 2013

Knowledge Exchange in Practice

Morning: 11:00-12:30

(Wolfson College LT Room #1)

11:00 - 11:40 "Outside the Ivory Tower: Research, Creativity and Serendipity", Abigail Williams;

Group Introductions: 11:45 - 12:30

"Writing for new audiences", Max Kinnings "Exclusively for everyone: two school outreach projects in Classics", Bob Lister "11:00 - 11:40 "In conversation with Jonathan Bate"; 11:45 - 12:30 "Lightning Seeds", Giles Bergel, Mark Doffman, Gurinder Punn, Mia Ridge "Developing your online presence", Stephen Eyre, Howard Noble, Kate Lindsay
Afternoon: usually 14:00-16:00

(Radcliffe Humanities Building)

"Impact as a Process: understanding and enhancing the reach of digital resources", Eric Meyer and Kathryn Eccles 14:00 - 15:00 "Surgery: experts advise participants", Caroline Bucklow, Kate Lindsay, Fiona Macintosh, Laura Peers, Sam Sneddon;

15:30 - 17:30 "Creating win:wins in your communication style", Michael Hobbs

14:00 - 15:00 "Crowdsourcing Research with the Public", Robert Simpson;

15:15 - 17:30 "Crossing cultures, crossing time (at the Ashmolean)", Mallica Kumbera Landrus

14:00 - 15:30, "To Shakespeare and beyond: a case study", Cassandra Ash, Peter Kirwan, José Pérez Díez, Emma Smith;

16:00 - 17:30 "Digital publishing: apps, podcasting, online academic publishing", Alex Pryce, Mark Rogerson, Marianne Talbot

14:00-15:00, "Copyright and Reuse: Publishing and Using Open Content", Rowan Wilson;

15:30 - 17:30 "Participants' project presentations: adjudicated by expert panel", Kirsty Pope (chair), Rana Mitter, Glenn Roe, Abigail Williams

Late Afternoon: usually 16:30-17:30

(Radcliffe Humanities Building)

"After the Impact: responding to TIDSR impact reports", Judith Siefring and Jonathan Blaney "Creating win:wins in your communication style" continued "Crossing cultures, crossing time (at the Ashmolean)" continued "Digital publishing: apps, podcasting, online academic publishing" continued "Participants' project presentations: adjudicated by expert panel" continued

2. How to do Digital Humanities: Discovery, Analysis and Collaboration

Abstract: This workshop will introduce key research areas in the digital humanities, including text encoding, text mining, image analysis, and use of geo-spatial data. The lecture sessions will emphasize the research potential of each area, discuss the theoretical implications of modelling data through these methods, and provide guidance about how these techniques can be used in humanities research. The workshops will focus on actively addressing research questions, providing datasets and guidance on how to begin to conduct research with these tools. The course is conceived as a wide-ranging introduction to some of the most exciting areas in digital humanities research, and will enable its participants to quickly become familiar with the possibilities and processes of conducting research in these areas.

The workshop will also explore the intersection of the emerging fields of web science and the digital humanities. Web science is the study of the past, current and future impact of the internet on all spheres of human activity. It is of particular relevance to several aspects of the digital humanities which have grown most rapidly in recent years – open access, crowdsourcing, 'big data', and the public humanities.

The workshop will be led by members of the Southampton Web Science Doctoral Training Centre, a multidisciplinary group of postgraduate researchers with expertise across the field, and a team of researchers in the digital humanities from the e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford.

Keywords: Digital Humanities, Web Science, Text Encoding, Images, Network Analysis

Level: Introductory

Organisers: Nicole Beale (University of Southampton) and Martin Wynne (IT Services)

Speakers: Nicole Beale, Reuben Binns, Lou Burnard, Tom Brughmans, Christopher Hughes, Javier Pereda, Glenn Roe, Ségolène Tarte, Martin Wynne.

Workshop Timetable
Times Monday 8 July 2013 Tuesday 9 July 2013 Wednesday 10 July 2013 Thursday 11 July 2013 Friday 12 July 2013
Morning: 11:00-12:30

(Wolfson College Buttery)

Introduction to Web Science and the Humanities Working with Vast Datasets Close, distant and scalable reading Interactivity and Interfaces Introduction to Markup
Afternoon: 14:00-16:00

(IT Services: Evenlode)

Workshop on Web Futures – discussion forum Network Analysis practical Close, distant and scalable reading: practical Working with Digital Images TEI à la Carte
Late Afternoon: 16:30-17:30

(IT Services: Evenlode)

Workshop on Web Futures continues – including remixing of Open Research Handbook Network Analysis practical continues Close, distant and scalable reading: practical Exploring and Extracting Information from Images TEI à la Carte continues

3. A Humanities Web of Data: publishing, linking and querying on the semantic web.

Abstract: The work of a digital humanities researcher is informed by the possibilities offered in digital resources: in their ever increasing number and their distribution and access through the Internet.

In this context, the Semantic Web can be seen as a framework to enables radical publication, sharing, and linking of data for, and by, researchers.

This workshop will introduce the concepts and technologies behind the Semantic Web and show how to publish your research so that it is available as Linked Data and how to use distinct but interwoven models to represent services, data collections, workflows, and -- so to simplify the rapid development of integrated applications to explore specific findings -- the domain of an application. Topics covered will include: the RDF format; modelling your data and publishing to the web; querying RDF data using SPARQL; choosing and designing vocabularies and ontologies; and more.

The workshop comprises a series of lectures and tutorials including:

  • Scaling Digital Humanities on (and utilising) the Web
  • The Semantic Web and Why You Should Care
  • Practical Linked Data for Digital Humanities Researchers:
    • RDF Basics
    • Linked Data
    • Triplestores and SPARQL
    • Ontology design
  • Worked examples of Semantic Web systems and application for Digital Humanities:
    • The British Museum Semantic Web Collection
    • CLAROS: The world of art on the semantic web
    • Music Information Retrieval: How country is my country?
  • Solutions surgery: how could the Semantic Web aid your research?

Keywords: Web of Data, Linked Data, Semantic Web, information publishing and alignment, ontologies, identifiers, RDF, SPARQL.

Level: Introductory but assumes basic familiarity with technical content

Organiser: Kevin Page (OeRC)

Speakers: Kevin Page (OeRC), John Pybus (OeRC), Dave De Roure (OeRC), Dominic Oldman (British Museum), Sebastian Rahtz (IT Services), Graham Klyne (Zoology).

The programme begins with a motivating example from the field of music, based of the organisers own research. This will demonstrate how Semantic Web technologies can be practically applied to the Humanities, and serves as a use case through which attendees be introduced to the technical underpinnings of such systems during the first half of the week. In the latter half of the week this knowledge will be applied to real world examples introduced by invited speakers, with two specific Semantic Web deployments framing tutorials and discussion on Thursday and Friday: the British Museum, and CLAROS.

Workshop Timetable
Times Monday 8 July 2013 Tuesday 9 July 2013 Wednesday 10 July 2013 Thursday 11 July 2013 Friday 12 July 2013
Morning: 11:00-12:30

(Wolfson College LT Room #2)

Scaling Digital Humanities on (and utilising) the Web: an Introduction aka The Semantic Web and Why You Should Care Practical Linked Data for Digital Humanities Researchers: an example in Music Information Retrieval Part 2 Prof. David De Roure, seminar title TBA(Invited Speaker) Dominic Oldman, The British Museum Semantic Web Collection(provisional seminar title) (Invited Speaker). Sebastian Rahtz, CLAROS: The World of Art on the Semantic Web, (Invited Speaker)
Afternoon: 14:00-16:00

(IT Services: Windrush)

Practical Linked Data for Digital Humanities Researchers: an example in Music Information Retrieval Part 1 Hands on: Linked Data, triplestores, and SPARQL Ontologies Hands on: Exploring and using the British Museum Endpoint Hands on: Building Claros, a worked example
Late Afternoon: 16:30-17:30

(IT Services: Windrush)

Hands on: RDF Basics Hands on: Linked Data, triplestores, and SPARQL(continued) Hands on: Building your own ontology Hands on: Exploring and using the British Museum Endpoint(continued) Group Discussion and Solutions Surgery: how you might apply the semantic web to your work. Guest advisor:Graham Klyne

4. An Introduction to XML and the Text Encoding Initiative

Abstact: This introductory workshop will balance lectures with hands-on practical sessions to introduce the recommendations of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for encoding of digital text. The workshop combines in-depth coverage of the latest version of the TEI P5 Guidelines for the encoding of digital text with practical exercises to reinforce the topics covered. It provides an introduction to mark-up, explanations of various aspects of the TEI Guidelines and approaches to publishing TEI texts. Major aspects surveyed will include: basic TEI elements, metadata, names of people and places, manuscript transcription and description, and customisation of the TEI. Practical exercises expose you hands-on experience of a wide range of TEI editing, customisation, and publication.

Keywords: Text Encoding, TEI, XML, Markup, Digital Text

Level: Introductory

Organiser: Sebastian Rahtz (IT services)

Speakers: Sebastian Rahtz (IT services), James Cummings (IT services), Ian Matzen (The London Stage 1800-1900 Database Project)

Workshop Timetable
Times Monday 8 July 2013 Tuesday 9 July 2013 Wednesday 10 July 2013 Thursday 11 July 2013 Friday 12 July 2013
Morning: 11:00-12:30

(Wolfson College Lecture Theatre)

Markup, XML and TEI (lecture and discussion) [SR] TEI metadata and linked data (lecture) [IM] Transcriptions, facsimiles and genetic editing (lecture) [SR] TEI publishing approaches (lecture) [SR] Customizing the TEI (lecture) [JC]
Afternoon: 14:00-16:00

(IT Services: Isis)

XML editing using oXygen (practical)

TEI core components(lecture) [SR]

Adding a full header to a TEI text (practical)

Handling names, places and dates (lecture) [SR]

Editing a transcription (practical)

Manuscript description (lecture) [JC]

Making a web page from a TEI document (practical)

Other ways to use your TEI document (lecture) [SR]

Making your own version of the TEI (practical)

Reading the TEI Guidelines (lecture) [SR]

Late Afternoon: 16:30-17:30

(IT Services: Isis)

Creating a valid TEI document (practical) Markup up names and places (practical) Creating a manuscript description (practical) Using an XML database (practical) What next? Other parts of the TEI universe (lecture and discussion) [SR]

5. An Introduction to XSLT for Digital Humanists

Abstract: For digital humanists who have been diligently encoding texts using TEI XML for any length of time, the question inevitably arises: what do I do with my texts? How do I publish them, search them, make them interactive, or query them? XSLT is a tool which can do all of these things, and more.

XSLT is itself expressed in XML, so its syntax is familiar. At its heart is XPath, a language for querying XML documents to select, filter and sort individual nodes. XPath is also used outside XSLT; you will find it in XQuery, Schematron, XML Schema and XForms, and it can even be used as a standalone tool in sophisticated XML editors such as Oxygen to search XML documents in ways that cannot be accomplished with conventional searches or regular expressions.

Requirements: Students should be familiar with TEI encoding, and have one or more encoded texts of their own which they can bring to the workshop as source material. Since much of the transformation work we do will be from TEI to XHTML, familiarity with XHTML would be helpful, and a little experience with CSS will also come in handy.

Be prepared to wrestle with some difficult notions and struggle a little bit. XSLT is a programming language, so you'll have to learn to think a little bit like a programmer to make progress. Even if you have done traditional programming before, you may find the XSLT approach a little challenging at first. But rest assured that the results, and the sense of accomplishment you'll feel when you find your feet. will be well worth it.

Keywords: XSLT; XML; Transformation; Output; Publication; XHTML; TEI

Level: Intermediate (You should already understand XML)

Organiser: Martin Holmes (University of Victoria)

Speakers: Martin Holmes (University of Victoria), Alexander Dutton (IT Services).

Materials: The extensive materials for this workshop are at:

Workshop Timetable
Times Monday 8 July 2013 Tuesday 9 July 2013 Wednesday 10 July 2013 Thursday 11 July 2013 Friday 12 July 2013
Morning: 11:00-12:30

(Wolfson College LT Room #3)

Welcome and introductions; logistics.

Introduction to XSLT: Where does it fit in, and what does it look like?

Navigating the XML tree and selecting nodes: XPath path expressions

A first few XPath functions (A)

XSL Variables: storing information (A)

Template Modes (repeated use of input)


Named templates


Comprehensive review and question period
Afternoon: 14:00-16:00

(Wolfson College LT Room #3)

Transforming XML using XSLT (executing an XSLT program in Oxygen)

The XSLT template paradigm (anatomy of an XSLT stylesheet)

Built-in template rules and how to override them


XSLT Constructors: dynamically constructed content

XSLT Copy constructors and identity transforms: transforming TEI to TEI. Hands-on

Conditionals and looping (xsl:if, xsl:choose, and xsl:for-each)


Using data from another document (the doc() function)


Multiple input files from one stylesheet (the collection() function)


Late Afternoon: 16:30-17:30

(Wolfson College LT Room #3)

XPath node predicates


Conditionals (xsl:if and xsl:choose)


Hands-on Hands-on Hands-on

Wrap-up, where to go from here, staying in touch, etc.