Digital Mitford Coding School, May 27 - 31, 2015: 3rd Annual Workshop Series
2015-03-28 19:22:23 GMT
Discussion of Methods and Best Practices for editing digital scholarly editions, including coding to compare versions of texts (e.g. manuscript vs. print edition of a play or poem)
Opportunity to join an active and intensive "dig site" for important data on networks of women writers, theaters, and publishers in the nineteenth century.
- Hands-on Learning of Text Encoding, including the following:
- TEI XML encoding and experience with producing editions of manuscripts, especially of letters
- Autotagging and regular expression matching to prepare texts as code
- Hands-on experience with XPath, a language to navigate XML, particularly helpful in navigating our site index and complex texts
- Experience in working with code schemas, to ensure consistency and accuracy for multiple editors on a project
- The use of XSLT to extract and chart information from TEI markup, and to transform and publish TEI for view on the web.
Individual and Group Instruction, working with our own Explanatory Guides and Resources developed by the Principal Editor for her students and for the Mitford team. (See http://www.pitt.edu/~ebb8/DHDS/ and scroll to Explanatory Guides.)
First, please send me an e-mail (to ebb8 <at> pitt.edu) by Saturday April 11, 2015, indicating your interest in the MItford Workshops and in what role you wish to participate. whether as an Active Editor (or Advisor, or member of the Data Visualization Group) or as a Learner interesting in our text encoding methods but pursuing your own project agenda.
1) Students, Adjunct Instructors, or Independent Scholars: $60.2) Full-Time Faculty Members and Librarians: $180.
What draws you to editing Mitford's letters and literary texts?
Which of her texts (or what kinds of texts by Mitford) are you particularly interested in helping with? (Letters, drama, poetry, prose fiction, essays, life-writing...?)
The Digital Mitford project is dedicated for the next three years to working on Mitford's letters and published texts from 1810 - 1825. Please indicate if you have a particular interest in Mitford's work from this period in your application.
to produce the first comprehensive scholarly edition of the works and letters of Mary Russell Mitford, and
to share knowledge of TEI XML and other related humanities computing practices with all serious scholars interested in contributing to this project.
As always, we plan to host workshops at three levels:
3) to bring specialists in data visualization and XML data extraction together to consult and help design effective and readable network graphs, charts, and maps drawn from our prosopography data collected thus far from our coding, and to advise on reading views and site design for our texts.(We'll find time for these specialists to work on their own, and also to share ideas with the project team).
We will cover the costs of residence in suites (with kitchens and good wireless internet) at the Pitt- Greensburg campus and will arrange for licenses for an extended (90-day) period to use our XML editing software <oXygen/>.
We cannot cover the costs of travel to Pitt-Greensburg, but we can and do coordinate rides from the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Amtrak train stations in Pittsburgh and in Greensburg.
We ask each participant to investigate local funding sources to help cover the costs of travel here. If all else fails, we will happily make it possible for you to attend the workshops through Skype as we have done in previous years, but it's best if we can all be together in person!
The May 2015 workshops mark the completion of our second full year of project work on Mary Russell Mitford's letters and literary texts. By the time we convene, we expect to have prepared a substantial "test-bed" of coded TEI XML texts representing a cross section of Mitford's letters, drama, and prose sketches from the early 1820s, and from which we have already begun assembling an extensive collection of prosopography information, recording at this point around a thousand named entities, including names of people Mitford knew, fictional characters, locations, and publications. Our project is quite young, so the prosopography data we've accumulated just scratches the surface of what we'll be developing in the next few years. For those interested in data visualizations, we are currently developing informational graphics, including network analysis graphs and digital maps to help orient readers to our project work and Mitford's significance to 19th-century studies, and our preliminary work is posted here: http://mitford.pitt.edu/visual.html . For this May's workshop, our growing collection of TEI files and prosopography data give us a good foundation on which to develop long-range plans for our project development. We look forward to bringing a large group of people together to learn and consult with us and to share ideas as we set our agenda for next year.