DHOxSS Workshop "Humanities Data: A Hands-On Approach"

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July 4, 2016 to July 8, 2016
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Humanities, Library and Information Science

Humanities Data: A Hands-On Approach

Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School

4 - 8 July 2016


Are you...

... planning a digital humanities project?

... interested in learning more about data curation and cleaning?

... responsible for managing digital humanities data for a range of uses?

Humanities Data: A Hands-On Approach

This workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to a suite of useful tools, methods, and concepts for managing, organizing, cleaning, and processing data in digital humanities projects. Sessions will cover a range of topics, including information organization, data modeling, data quality and cleaning, and workflows. Throughout the week, participants will clean and curate a real-world digital humanities dataset based on a variety of use scenarios.  At the end of the week, participants will present and discuss their experiences.

The programme is aimed at humanities researchers—whether traditional faculty or alternative academic professionals—and may also be of interest to librarians, archivists, cultural heritage specialists, other information professionals, and advanced graduate students. Sessions will be led by experts from the iSchool at Illinois's Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship and the HathiTrust Research Center as well as the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, Oxford e-Research Centre, and Oxford Internet Institute.


This year’s sessions provide:

  • A grounding in the foundations of data curation through lectures on information organization, data quality, contextual data modeling, data provenance and reproducibility, and a round of lightning talks on advanced topics in data curation

  • Hands-on introductions to useful data curation tools and techniques including GitHub, OpenRefine, SQLite, and YesWorkflow

  • A “dirty” dataset to clean and curate, mined from the writings of Thomas “Mummy” Pettigrew (a 19th century antiquarian, surgeon and expert on Ancient Egyptian mummies).

  • An approach to data management as a form of project management

  • A discussion of post-project preservation repositories

  • An opportunity to ask tutors any further questions you might have about applying the techniques you have learned.

Delegates do not need to bring their own laptops for this workshop. All required software will be provided for the duration of the summer school.


Our speakers this year are David De Roure, Neil Jefferies, Bertram Ludäscher, Kevin Page, Allen Renear, Megan Senseney, Andrea K. Thomer, and David Tomkins.

The Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School

The workshop sessions are situated amongst a rich variety of keynote and additional lectures which will enhance your knowledge of the wider field and provide interesting commentary on current debate in the Digital Humanities, as well as highlighting other technical areas of interest. During the summer school, you will meet participants from around the world, from every field and career stage. Evening events, such as a research poster and drinks reception and a conference dinner at the beautiful Exeter College, offer further opportunities to meet fellow delegates and exchange ideas. View the programme for further information.


Reduced fees are available for academics and students, as well as group bookings. See the registration page at http://digital.humanities.ox.ac.uk/dhoxss/2016/registration for details.


A limited number of bursaries are also available for the Summer School and open for applications until 18th April; for more information, see http://digital.humanities.ox.ac.uk/dhoxss/2016/bursaries.

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Megan Senseney

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