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DHO Summer School 2009 (in conjunction with NINES and 18th Connect)

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Date: 13 - 17 July 2009
Venue: Royal Irish Academy and Trinity College, Dublin
In Collaboration with: NINES and 18th Connect

The Digital Humanities Observatory in conjunction with NINES and 18th Connect was pleased to offer the 2009 Summer School that brought together over 60 humanities scholars undertaking digital projects. Workshops, lectures and a master class allowed attendees to develop their skills, share interests, and work towards common goals. Activiites focused on the theoretical, technical, administrative, and institutional issues relevant to the needs of digital humanities projects today.

The summer school offered participants four week-long workshop strands, a number of lectures and a masterclass by leading experts and theorists in digital humanities.

Pictures from the event can be found in the Summer School 2009 Gallery

The 2010 DHO Summer School will run from 28 June - 2 July 2010.

Contents of this Page


Participants chose from one of four workshop strands. Information on workshop tracks are detailed under the subheading Workshop Strands. All were invited to attend Masterclasses and Lectures.

13 July
14 July
15 July
16 July
17 July
9:00 -

Introduction and Welcome

Laura Mandell and Susan Schreibman: Seminar:
'So Much Depends On White Chickens Sitting in Front of a Red Digital Object
What is a Digital Object Really?

Workshop Strands

Workshop Strands

Workshop Strands

Workshop Strands

11:00 -
Coffee/Tea (provided)
11:20 -

Aaron Quigley: Lecture:
'Visualisation as an analytical tool, from networks to data streams'

Workshop Strands

Workshop Strands

Workshop Strands

Workshop Strands

12:30 -
Lunch (not provided)
Lunch provided at the Academy
13:45 -

Workshop Strands

Workshop Strands

Workshop Strands

Hans Walter Gabler:
'Reconceiving the Scholarly Edition in the Electronic Medium'

Wrap-Up and Closing

15:15 -
Coffee/Tea (provided)
15:45 -

Workshop Strands

Andrew Stauffer:
Digital Scholarly Editing and the Problematics of Change

Paul Ell:
'Humanities Digital Deluge: Serendipity, Scholarship, Sustainability'

Master Class

18:00 -

Welcome Reception
Official DRAPIer Launch


'Ireland's Harp as Icon and Instrument: A Short Visual & Musical Journey' featuring:
Dr Emily Cullen
& Dr Benita Cullen




Workshop Strands

Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative: Theory and Practice

Facilitated by: James Cummings (University of Oxford) and Dot Porter (Digital Humanities Observatory)

This course will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of encoding and transforming electronic texts for the humanities. This workshop is designed for individuals embarking on a text encoding project and who would like a better understanding of the philosophy, theory, and practicalities of encoding in XML (Extensible Markup Language) using the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines. Equal focus will be given to methods for displaying, visualizing, and using encoded texts. Existing knowledge of XML and the TEI is helpful but not necessary. Students will also receive instruction on specifying their own document encoding rules using schemas.

Required: download oXygen XML Editor from www.oxygenxml.com. Course participants will be provided with a license for use during the Summer School.


Monday -- Introductions
Talk 1: Introduction to the Workshop, Markup, and XML
Talk 2: Introduction to oXygen and Exercise 1
Exercise 1: Basic Editing of an XML Document in oXygen
Talk 3: The TEI and TEI Document Structures
Talk 4: Core TEI Elements
Exercise 2: Making Your Document Valid TEI

Tuesday -- Metadata and Manuscripts
Talk 5: The <teiHeader>
Exercise 3: Improve Your Header
Talk 6: Manuscript Description
Exercise 4: Describe a Manuscript
Talk 7: Facsimile and Image Markup

Wednesday -- Digital Editions

Talk 8: Transcription and Primary Sources
Exercise 5: Add some <choice>
Talk 9: Critical Apparatus
Talk 10: Names, Dates, People and Places
Exercise 6: Marking Up People and Places
Talk 11: Pointing, Linking, and Stand-Off Markup

Thursday  -- More TEI Modules
Talk 12: Analysis, Speech and Linguistics
Exercise 7: Even More TEI Editing
Talk 13: TEI, Unicode, and Non-Standard Characters
Talk 14: Verse, Drama, and Dictionaries

Friday  -- Customisation
Talk 15: Documenting TEI Customisations
Exercise 8: Customising the TEI
Talk 16: Exploring the TEI Community
Talk 17: Conclusions and Group Discussion

There is a fuller agenda available at the companion site to this Workshop.


Suggested Reading

Course Materials

There is a booklet which combines many of these materials, including the slides of the talks and all exercises, are made available here for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

The workshop materials are also available on the TEI@Oxford website.


Data Modelling and Databases for Humanities Research

Aja Teehan (An Foras Feasa, National University of Ireland, Maynooth) and Don Gourley (Digital Humanities Observatory)

Humanities scholarship increasingly relies on the gathering and analysis of large amounts of data. The drive to contextualise, organise and store that data so that it supports scholarly research is a uniting factor for those involved in digital humanities, or those thinking of becoming involved in digital humanities. Databases, structured collections of records organised according to a data model, represent that data in ways that facilitate its storage and retrieval. This course will provide an introduction to the concepts, techniques, and technology for data modelling and databases in the digital humanities. Appropriate applications and query languages will be introduced for different data models. We will also discuss the role of the database in a software environment, and how data models and databases support the functionality required in digital humanities projects.

Monday: Why model?  Introduction to Entity-Relationship Modelling. Introduction to Use Case Analysis. Modelling in context.

Tuesday:  Relational model creation exercise.  Implementing a data model.  Database normalisation.  Relational database implementation exercise.

Wednesday:  Structured Query Language (SQL).  Database applications.  Archiving and preserving structured data. Other kinds of data models.

Thursday:  Introduction to XML and Tree Modelling.  Tree-modelling exercise.  More on Use Case Analysis. XML database implementation exercise.

Friday:  XML document creation.  Querying using SQL and XQuery.  ER and Tree Models comparison. Applying concepts to participants' projects.

Through the course, students will gain an understanding of various ways to structure data, using entity-relationship models as well as XML and object-oriented hierarchical models.  Though participants may never need to actually implement a database in their professional roles, they will be well placed to ensure that the software they use, or commission, is appropriate for their needs.  

This course is suitable for all academics and professionals.  No previous experience with computer science or databases is required.  Common computing skills will be assumed, e.g. file manipulation ('open', 'save as', etc.), navigation of web-sites through hyperlinks, etc.  Familiarity with the simple syntax of XML would be a bonus; for a headstart participants could visit the short tutorial at http://www.w3schools.com/xml/default.asp.  

Course materials:

Class notes and exercises on data modelling and database implementation provided to workshop participants.


Data Visualisation for the Humanities

Paolo Battino (Digital Humanities Observatory), Shawn Day (Digital Humanities Observatory) and Faith Lawrence (Digital Humanities Observatory)

Humanities scholarship increasingly relies on the analysis and presentation of large amounts of data. Although this provides a new and promising scope for research, the magnitude of the information challenges human ability to appreciate the patterns and the application of machine technologies is essential. Manipulation of large datasets and leveraging disparate data collections to enable discovery can be empowered through the selection and application of appropriate visualisation maethods. Additionally, visualisation strategies can enable not simply the analysis of large amounts of data, but the effective presentation of research findings.

This course will provide an introduction to the concepts, techniques, and technology for effective visualisation of data for digital humanities research. This strand will introduce e-humanities scholars to the value of data visualisation. It will present a review of the existing standards and tools which are available to assist with data design and publication for e-humanities research and analysis. At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be familiar with the tools and methods available to consider for data collection and short term storage; manipulation and presentation of data; and to conduct analysis of data from a humanities perspective.  

This workshop strand will involve the following:

Monday: Introduction, Critiquing Visualisation and Exploring Standards
PowerPoint Presentations:
2. Types of Visualisation
3. The Visualisation Process

Tuesday: Using Visualisation for Research and Analysis
PowerPoint Presentations:
4. Visualization for Analysis: a Case Study
5. Visualization Standards and Formats

Wednesday: Types and Tools for Visualisation. Visualisation for Presentation
PowerPoint Presentations:
6. Numerical Visualisation
7. Visualisation Tools 1: Analysis
8. Visualization for Presentation
9. Textual Visualisation and Analysis
10. Time and Distance: visualising along vectors

Thursday: Combining Visualisation Methods. Broadening the Scope for Visualisation Application.
PowerPoint Presentations:
11. Network visualization
12. Visualization Tools 2: Presentation

This course is suitable for all academics and professionals.  No previous experience with computer science or visulaisation tools is required.  Common computing skills will be assumed, e.g. file manipulation ('open', 'save as', etc.), navigation of web-sites through hyperlinks, etc.  


Bender-deMoll, S. and McFarland, D. A. The Art and Science of Dynamic Network Visualization. In Journal of Social Structure Volume 7, Number 2 [Link]
Braha, D. and Bar-Yam, Y. From Centrality to Temporary Fame: Dynamic Centrality in Complex Networks. In Complexity 12: 59-36, 2006 [PDF]
Brandes, U., Raab, J. and Wagner, D. Visualizing Social Networks. In Journal of Social Structure Volume 2, Number 4 [Link]
Breiger, R. L. The Analysis of Social Networks in Handbook of Data Analysis, edited by Melissa Hardy and Alan Bryman. London: Sage Publications: 2004. PP. 505–526 [PDF of "Excerpt"s]
Chabris, C.F., & Kosslyn, S.M. Representational correspondence as a basic principle of diagram design In Tergan, S-O., & Keller, T. (Eds.), Knowledge and information visualization: Searching for synergies; Springer: 2005 PP. 36-57 [PDF]
Ebel, H., Davidsen, J., and Bornholdt, S. Dynamics of social networks. In Complexity: 2002 Volume 8, Issue 2 PP. 24-27 [PDF]
Freeman, L. Visualizing Social Networks. In Journal of Social Structure Volume 1, Number 1 [Link]
Few, Stephen. Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis. Analytics Press: 2009.
Friendly, Michael. A Brief History of Data Visualisation. In Handbook of Data Visualisation Part II Springer: 2008, PP. 15 - 56. [PDF] (other papers by Prof. Friendly on graphical methods and the history of graphical representation can be found here)
Fry, Ben. Visualizing Data: Exploring and Explaining Data with the Processing Environment. 2007.
Golbeck, J. Various papers on social networking, trust and the Semantic Web.
Hanneman, R. A. and Riddle, M. Introduction to Social Network Methods Riverside, CA: University of California, Riverside [Online Version] (other books by Prof. Hanneman including 'Introduction to the Formal Analysis of Social Networks Using Mathematica' are available here)
Huff, Darrell. How to Lie with Statistics. Penguin: 1991
Lawrence, K. F. The Web of Community Trust - Amateur Fiction Online: A Case Study in Community Focused Design for the Semantic Web. PhD thesis, University of Southampton. [Link]
Lynch, Kevin - Mental Maps - Perceptual Forms of the City
McCarty , C. Structure in Personal Networks . In Journal of Social Structure Volume 3, Number 1 [Link]
Mislove, A., Marcon, M., Gummadi, K. P., Druschel, P., and Bhattacharjee, B. Measurement and analysis of online social networks. In Proceedings of the 7th ACM SIGCOMM Conference on internet Measurement IMC '07. ACM: 2007 PP. 29-42. [PDF]
Monmonier, Mark S. How to Lie with Maps. Chicago University Press: 1996.
Opsahl, T. and Panzarasa, P., Clustering in Weighted Networks in Social Networks,Volume 31, Issue 2, Elsevier: 2009, PP. 155-163 [ PDF]
Parry, J. Visualization Techniques for Temporal Information [PDF]
Tufte, Edward. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press USA: 2001.
Tufte, Edward. Envisioning Information. Graphics Press USA: 1990.


Data Visualisation: Modern Approaches
Digital Narrative Google Group
Digital Research Tools Wiki (DiRT)
Earth Point
Google Earth
Google SketchUp! (3D Modelling)
HyperPo 6.0/HyperPo 7.0 Alpha
IPInfoDB (Free IP address geolocation tools)
Milestones in the History of Thematic Cartography, Statistical Graphics, and Data Visualization MONK
Open Street Map
SIMILE (Timeline, Exhibit)
Social Networks Visualiser
Sonic Visualiser
Spira Clock (Time as a spiral)
TagCrowd TAPoR (non-portal version: here)
Text Analysis Developers Association (Recipes)
TED Conference Site (Hans Rosling)
Text Arc (Textual Visualisation)
Timelines and Visual Histories
Versioning Machine
Visual Complexity


Gallery of Data Visualisations (Good and Bad)
Information Aesthetics
Perceptual Edge
Pointy-Haired Dilbert
Visual Design & Analysis


Text Transformations with XSLT

Laura Mandell (Miami University of Ohio) and Kirstyn Leuner (Miami University of Ohio)

This track could be taken by one person in a team, or by someone who successfully TEI encodes documents and now wants to learn how to use these TEI documents in a robust archive.

Once you have successfully encoded your TEI documents, or other documents in XML, there is much that you can do with them automatically, from revising the coding as you learn more, to creating web pages for presentation online. You can use XSL -- eXtensible Stylesheet Language -- to manipulate your TEI documents in numerous ways. We will be teaching you how to create XSL files for automatically transforming a whole batch of TEI files into new XML files (for upgrading from TEI P4 to P5, for example, or correcting / changing site-wide coding practices), creating database-entry files, creating plain-text files, creating metadata files, and creating HTML files out of the TEI. We will learn how to customize the "TEI-to-HTML" XSL stylesheets provided by the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium at their Sourceforge download site, both through creating our own CSS (Cascading Stylesheet files) and modifying the provided XSL. We will learn when to make changes in the CSS, when in the original TEI documents, and when in XSL for achieving the best presentation effects and highest quality coding for sustainability at the same time.

The course materials for this course can be accessed at: http://unixgen.muohio.edu/~chat/xslt/overview.html

The workshop facilitators have the following recommendations/requirements for attendees:

1. Required: download oXygen XML Editor from www.oxygenxml.com. Course participants will be provided with a license for use during the Summer School.
2. Preparatory Reading: Beginning XSLT 2.0: From Novice to Professional by Jenni Tennison. You can purchase this book at amazon.com. I obtained a used copy for $13 (USD) or so.
3. Because xslt is as much about learning the language xsl as it is about learning how to troubleshoot, it will be important to bring troubleshooting process questions to the table.


Master Class

Master Class: Reconceiving the Scholarly Edition in the Electronic Medium

Hans Walter Gabler (London University)

This Master Class will be refashioned largely as a lecture outlining theoretical underpinnings for the electronic scholarly edition of the future. In its concluding section, this will lead into a demonstration of select examples from the speaker's own editorial workshop, providing practical incentives for discussion. Reading Gabler's essay "The Primacy of the Document in Editing." Ecdotica 4 (2007), 197-207; accessible also at: http://lmu-munich.academia.edu/HansWalterGabler/Papers is recommended in preparation.



Visualisation as an analytical tool, from networks to data streams. 7 Key Challenges we face.

Aaron Quigley (University College, Dublin)

Societies continued reliance on information and communications technologies has resulted in organizations generating, gathering, and storing “raw data” at a rate growing each year. The ability for even a mid-sized organization to store tens to hundreds of terabytes of data is already within reach. Massive storage technologies are rapidly outstripping our ability to effectively analyse, explore, and understand such voluminous data. While research in other fields such as data mining, machine learning and knowledge management are also attempting to aid in the analysis of such voluminous data, there is a realisation that the “human-in-the-loop” affords a visual analysis not possible through automation alone. 

As such, the area of visual analytics extends the fields of scientific and information visualization by incorporating techniques from knowledge management, statistical analysis, cognitive science and decision science.

This talk will outline how voluminous data is modelled, managed, mined and hence visual presented for exploration. Several large scale data and information visualisation methods will be described and discussed along with the 7 key challenges we face as researchers and developers in using visualisation in an attempt to present information.


Humanities Digital Deluge: Serendipity, Scholarship, Sustainability

Paul Ell (Queen's University, Belfast)

A step change is evident in the development of electronic research resources of value to scholars in the humanities. Gone are the days when a few technically savvy research centres developed strategic e-resources for scholars, such resources being regarded as key to the work of many researchers. In the UK the Arts and Humanities Research Council estimate that in excess of 50 per cent of funded projects result in some form of electronic resource. We are at the point in the humanities where the majority of scholars are creating resources be it a small relational database or a journal paper which in due course is added to a JSTOR collection.

The proliferation of resources offers both opportunities and challenges. Humanists have never before had access to such a scholarly corpus which far exceeds in its comprehensiveness the best of university libraries. However, existing issues concerning interoperability between e-resources are becoming far more complex as multimedia materials, often small, often with limited metadata, often residing outside a secure archive, and increasingly disparate, develop. In part because of this, arguably, digital humanities has yet to deliver a step change in scholarship to match that change in the availability of material.

This paper will examine the serendipitous development of e-resources for the humanities in Northern Ireland and the real challenges to interlink these and ensure their long-term viability. Only by focusing on the integration, usability and preservation of e-resources, rather than the ongoing digitisation of new materials, will digital humanities deliver the revolution in scholarship that has long been promised to research funders but has yet to become apparent.

In detail Irish Studies resources will be briefly described, essential steps required to enhance usability in an e-Science environment discussed, and the sustainability debate addressed.



Paul Ell

Paul EllPaul Ell is the director of the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at Queen’s University, Belfast. His early work was on history and geography, receiving an MA in English Local History from Leicester before completing a doctorate on the Geography of Victorian Religion at the University of Birmingham. In 1993 he moved to Queen’s to work as a Research Fellow with the Database of Irish Historical Statistics before being involved in the Great Britain Historical GIS project as a Senior Research Fellow. He became director of the CDDA in 1998.
He is currently working on a number areas of research including The Great Britain Historical GIS Project constructing a historical time-variant GIS for the British Isles, an analysis of the mortality data for Britain 1851 – 1939, and a range of projects working with both British and Irish census data, recent and historical.
He also has an interest in approaches to distance learning and visualisation techniques.

Hans Walter Gabler

Hans Walter GablerHans Walter Gabler is a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, London University. He undertook, as editor-in-chief, the Critical and Synoptic Edition of James Joyce's Ulysses (1984), and the critical editions of Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners (both 1993). As Professor of English Literature at the University of Munich, Germany, he directed an interdisciplinary graduate program from 1996 to 2002 on “Textual Criticism as Foundation and Method of the Historical Disciplines.”  His present main research interests are the writing processes in authors’ draft manuscripts, their critical interpretation, and their representation in the electronic medium. He is presently Chair of the ESF-COST Action A32, "Open Scholarly Communities on the Web.

Laura Mandell

Laura Mandell

Laura Mandell, Professor of English Literature at Miami University of Ohio has published Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Otranto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. Her recent article in New Literary History describes how digital work can be used to discover conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth-century poetry. That article forms part of a book manuscript in progress: “Carved in Breath: Technology and Affect in Gothic Fiction and Romantic Poetry.” She is Editor of the Poetess Archive, an online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900; Associate Director of NINES; and co-Director of 18thConnect, a similar online network for eighteenth-century scholars. Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry (http://miamichat.muohio.edu), developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for datamining, and improving OCR software for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.

Aaron Quigley

Aaron QuigleyDr. Aaron Quigley is an academic staff member in the School of Computer Science & Informatics based in the Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory in the University College Dublin Ireland. He has published over 90 internationally peer-reviewed publications including edited volumes, journal papers, book chapters, conference and workshop papers . Aaron is a Co-Principal Investigator for the SFI Strategic Research Cluster Clique on Graph and Network Analysis. Aaron has previously worked as a senior research fellow in the University of Sydney Australia (02-05), a visiting scientist with Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs (MERL) in Cambridge Massachusetts USA (01-02), an associate lecturer in the University of Newcastle Australia (98-01) and an ALT in Saga Ken Japan (95-97). Aaron's research interests include pervasive computing, software engineering, information visualisation, human computer interaction, graph drawing, location and context awareness, peer-to-peer computing, surface interaction and network analysis. 

Susan Schreibman

Susan Schreibman is the Director of the DHO. In 1997 she received her PhD from UCD for her doctoral thesis entitled: 'The Thomas MacGreevy Chronology: A Documentary Life, 1855-1934.' Subsequently she was awarded Newman Postdoctoral Fellowship (1997-2000) where she began The MacGreevy Archive. 
She is the principal developer of The Versioning Machine and is the founding editor of Irish Resources in the Humanities. Dr Schreibman is currently Vice Chair of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and is Chair of the Modern Language Association's Committee on Information Technology.
She is the author of Collected Poems of Thomas MacGreevy: An Annotated Edition (1991), co-editor of A Companion to Digital Humanities (Blackwell, 2004), and A Companion to Digital Literary Studies (Blackwell, 2008).


Workshop Facilitators

Paolo Battino

Paolo BattinoPaolo Battino is a web developer with the Digital Humanities Observatory. His specialisation is in human factors and human-computer interaction. He has worked as human factor expert in international Air Traffic Control research projects within the european agency Eurocontrol. He was in charge of conducting experiments to test novel procedures and radar visual tools to increase safety and capacity in air traffic over Europe. His most recent experience involved the design and development of web-based Graphic Information Systems to the UNESCO-funded rehabilitation of Bethlehem area, in Palestine. The tools developed by his team allow architects, city council staff members and citizens to access crucial information about local regulation and urban planning.

James Cummings

James CummingsJames Cummings is a Senior Project Officer for the Research Technologies Service (RTS) at the University of Oxford. He works on numerous projects relating to the Text Encoding Initiative at both the EU and local institutional levels. The majority of his time is currently spent with the ENRICH project, which is attempting to standardize and aggregate medieval manuscript metadata from many archives throughout Europe. He is also working on the William Godwin's Diaries project and the Holinshed project. For his PhD work (in 2001), Cummings studied records of early english drama in Norfolk and Lincolnshire. He is an elected member of the TEI Technical Council and the Executive Board of Digital Medievalist. With his publications, conference papers, and posters, Cummings attempts to bridge his interests within the context of the digital editing of medieval sources.

Shawn Day

Shawn DayShawn Day is a digital humanities specialist with the Digital Humanities Observatory. He is a nineteenth century social and economic historian with a special interest in large dataset mining, visualisation and analysis. His most recent research applies digital, spatial and social network analysis to the study of the relationships between credit, respectability, and maintaining order in the Victorian community. As part of the 1891 Manuscript Census Project at the University of Guelph, he developed and implemented innovative proceeses to enable longitudinal record linkage between large manuscript census databases in Canada. He is a team member of the national TAPoR text analysis portal project and the Network for Canadian History and the Environment (NiCHE). In conjunction with the TAPoR project he developed a large series of recipes to facilitate engagement with the text analsysis environment.

Don Gourley

Don GourleyDon Gourley is the Information Technology Manager for the DHO. Previously, Don was the Director of Information Technology for the Washington Research Library Consortium. In addition to managing IT services, he served as the lead architect for a number of library database systems, such as a personalised portal for library patrons, an intra-consortium borrowing and document delivery service, and a repository for managing and preserving digital collections. Prior to WRLC, Don managed IT services at the University of Maryland and served as database administrator at the Smithsonian Institution, following work as a software design engineer with Hewlett-Packard. He holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Virginia and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado. Don's professional interests include information systems architecture, digital library development, and data and digital asset management.

Faith Lawrence

Faith LawrenceFaith 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.

Kirstyn Leuner

Kirstyn LeunerKirstyn Leuner is a Ph.D. candidate in British Romantic literature at Miami University and Research Assistant to Laura Mandell in digital humanities work. She is an XSLT co-course developer with Laura and TEI-encoder for the Robert Bloomfield Letters, forthcoming in Romantic Circles. Previous to her doctoral studies, she managed databases and online publishing for The Washington Post's electoral data as well as www.homeandabroad.com. Kirstyn is currently entrenched in updating The Poetess Archive from TEI P4 to TEI P5. She is the recipient of Miami’s Graduate School Academic Achievement Award for 2007-08 and a research fellowship at CU-Boulder for 2009-10. She will be finishing her doctoral work at the University of Colorado, Boulder beginning in fall 2009.

Dot Porter

Dot Porter is the Metadata Manager for the DHO. Her previous position was at the University of Kentucky, where she served as Program Coordinator for the Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities at the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments. Her main interest is with image-based encoding, that is, using digital technologies to create physical description of text-bearing objects and to create links between text encoding and digital images. Dot has worked on several digital editing projects including the Electronic Boethius (dir. Kevin Kiernan), the Electronic Aelfric (dir. Aaron Kleist) and the Pembroke 25 Project (dir. Paul Szarmach), and has provided metadata development support for the Homer Multitext Project (dir. Casey Due and Mary Ebbott) and text encoding support for several projects directed by faculty at the University of Kentucky. Dot holds an MA in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University and an MS in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Aja Teehan

Aja TeehanAja Teehan is the Technology Officer with An Foras Feasa, the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions. In this role she works in a team to offer humanities computing consultation, support and education to researchers and students in the member institutions of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Dundalk Institute of Technology, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and Dublin City Univeristy. She is also active in research conducted within the institute; for instance, during the creation of the Digital Edition of the Alcalá Account Book Manuscript she fulfilled roles as the project manager, data modeller and XML encoder. Fulfilling the remit of the institute in teaching, she co-lectures the Humanities Computing undergraduate module, available to both Humanities and Software Engineering students at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

She is currently involved as the project manager and data modeller for the Amharc Eireann Newsreel project; a collaboration between An Foras Feasa, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Boston College and the Irish Film Institute, which has resulted in the creation of an online wiki and forum centred around the Gael Linn archive to be used as a collaborative writing environment for degree students in Boston College. Prior to her role as technology officer, Aja completed a Masters in Computer Science at NUI, Maynooth where she worked on the Irish in Europe Project as a data modeller and software engineer. She also holds a Higher Diploma in Information technology from NUIM, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English and History from University College Cork.



There are a large variety of accommodation available within walking distance of the Summer School venues, including:

The Burlington - 20 minute walk to the Academy - A larger professional hotel
Buswell's - 2 minute walk to the Academy - A  3-star hotel
The D4 - 25 minute walk to the Academy - diverse room types available, some significant reductions available online
Harcourt Hotel - 15 minute walk to the Academy - l conveniently located to Grafton Street and Stephen's Green
Kilronan House - 15 minute walk to the Academy - A family friendly hotel located on a quite residential street
Staunton's on the Green -  5 minute walk to the Academy - Pleasant Accommodation in a small professional boutique hotel
Trinity Lodge - 5 minute walk to the Academy - A centrally located boutique hotel

For the more budget minded, dormitory accomodation at one of Dublin's universities is also available:
Trinity College, Dublin - 10 minute walk to the Academy.
University College Dublin - a 25 minute bus ride to the Academy.

You will also find a service such as Kayak.com useful for booking accomodation as you benefit from their bulk discounts on hotel rooms.



The Royal Irish Academy

The Master Class, Lectures and some Workshops are being held at the Royal Irish Academy.

Directions to the Royal Irish Academy can be found at the RIA Website.

The Royal Irish Academy is Ireland’s premier learned body. It was founded in 1785 by royal charter, for the promotion and investigation of the sciences, polite literature, and antiquities, as well as the encouragement of discussion and debate between scholars of diverse backgrounds and interests. The RIA library has been a major research tool for those studying aspects of Irish history, archaeology, language, and culture. The library holds the largest collection of Irish manuscripts in a single repository, prime among those being the famous Cathach of Colm Cille, the Book of the Dune Cow (c. 1100), the later medieval Leabher Breac, the Book of Ballymote, as well as original manuscript volumes of the Annals of the Four Masters. A number of important projects are undertaken in Academy House, including Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge, Dictionary of Irish Biography and Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, as well as the Irish Historic Towns Atlas. The Academy contributes policy advice to the Government, which finances the academy through the Higher Education Authority.

Some of the Workshops are being held at Trinity College Dublin. Direction for getting to Trinity College can be found at the Trinity Website.