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DHO Digital Humanities Workshop - A Date With Data: What is this Markup Stuff Anyway?

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Date: 18 February 2010, 10:00-17:00
VenueRoom MF111, Magee Campus, University of Ulster

In collaboration with
University of Ulster

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Presenters: Mr Shawn Day, Digital Humanities Specialist (DHO), and Dr K. Faith Lawrence, Digital Humanities Specialist (DHO)

The DHO in conjunction with the University of Ulster is proud to present the second of two one-day digital humanities workshop events. The workshop will provide beginners an introduction to metadata, markup and document encoding.



Digital Humanities Project Workshop - What is the Markup Stuff Anyway?

Venue: Room MF111, Magee Campus, University of Ulster
Date: Thursday 18th February 2010
Times: 10:00 - 17:00

The workshop is aimed at beginners who want to gain understanding of the basic principles of textual markup. The markup of text is an important, but often under-appreciated facet of textual documents. This workshop will discuss the concepts related to different types of markup, both human and machine readable, before looking in more depth at examples of markup languages such as XML and how they relate to each other and to the text they encode.

Attendees will need to bring a (wireless enabled) laptop to this event with the Oxygen XML Editor installed (30 day, free trial licenses are available from their website). It is the responsibility of attendees to have Oxygen installed. If you need help with this then please contact us in advance and we will endeavour to assist you.


09:30 - 10:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:15 Opening Welcome and Introductions
10:15 - 11:00 Introduction to Metadata [Slides, ppt]
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee
11:30 - 13:00 Introduction to Markup: To XML or Not To XML [Slides, ppt]
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Practical XML [Slides, ppt]
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee
15:30 - 16:30 Markup, Metadata and Me [Slides, ppt]
16:30 - 17:00 Questions, Wrap-Up and Closing


To register for this day please click here.

Speaker Biographies

Shawn Day, Digital Humanities Specialist, Digital Humanities Observatory, Royal Irish Academy

Shawn Day is a Digital Humanities Specialist with the DHO. Shawn is affiliated with the History Department at McMaster University (Canada) where he is completing a PhD exploring the social and economic circumstances of the nineteenth century retail liquor trade. He applies digital, spatial and social network analysis to the study of the relationships between credit, respectability, and maintaining order in the Victorian community.  Shawn is involved in a number of successful and innovative digital humanities projects throughout Canada. Most recently large manuscript census databases in the 1871/1891 census project (University of Guelph). He is a team member of the national TAPoR text analysis portal project and the Network for Canadian History and the Environment (NiCHE).

Prior to undertaking the PhD, Shawn spent a number of years in the private technology sector where he founded a number of businesses and served in marketing, research and development management roles.

Dr K Faith Lawrence, Digital Humanities Specialist, Digital Humanities Observatory, Royal Irish Academy

Faith Lawrence is a digital humanities specialist with the Digital Humanities Observatory. She did her first degree in ancient history with a special interest in comparative mythology. Progressing sideways she completed a masters in archaeological science (computing) before finding herself in a computer science department researching online communities, narrative and the semantic web. Her doctorate looked at emergent semantic and web 2.0 technologies through the case study of online fiction archives and author communities. Her most recent projects include Electronic Visualisation of C19 French literary-scientific texts: Flaubert's Tentation de saint Antoine.