Digital Scholarship and Skills Workshop Series, Michaelmas 2020

All four of the workshops scheduled for the Michaelmas Term 2020 / Semester 1 2020 will take place online. Participants will be forwarded a link upon completion of the online registration form. The registration form is available at the bottom of the page.

DSS Workshop One – Working with Texts in the Digital Age: Digital Scholarly Editing and TEI

Instructor: Dr Michelle Doran

Date: 7th October 2020

Time: 12:00-15:00

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the theories, practices and methods for encoding digital text in the Humanities.  It provides an introduction to markup languages, XML, the infrastructure of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines, and the encoding of common textual phenomena.  Participants will have an opportunity to apply the basic elements of TEI-XML to encode a literary text using the oXygen XML Editor.  The workshop combines lectures and discussion with practical hands-on exercises.  No previous experience with digital text is assumed.

Participants are requested to download the latest version of oXygen XML Editor.  You can download a free 30 day trial of oXygen here.


DSS Workshop Two – Web technologies: HTML, CSS and PHP

Instructor: Prof. Jennifer Edmond

Date: 14th October 2020

Time: 12:00-15:00

One of the most common activities in digital humanities is the presentation of sources, texts, documents or arguments via the world wide web.  While there are now many user-friendly content management systems enabling this to be done with little or no understanding of the technical underpinnings of the Internet, it is both practically useful and methodologically important to understand how the protocols and standards that underpin the websites we use and create actually work.  The aim of this workshop will therefore be to explore the Internet and the Worldwide Web and the foundation technologies that underlie both. The workshop will give an introduction to the history of the web, including the emergence of hypertext and web technologies such as HTML and XML. Participants will work with HTML and CSS and will learn introductory approaches to web site development. The workshop will be of interest to those who are curious about the impact of the web on all aspects of society, with a particular focus on the Humanities, and on the delivery of humanities research projects.

DSS Workshop Three – Data Visualisation via Geographic Information Systems

Instructor: Vicky Garnett

Date: 21st October 2020

Time: 12:00-15:00

The ‘spatial turn’ in the humanities in recent years has seen an upswing in the application of tools based on geospatial principles as more humanities scholars turn to software such as GIS to visualise and explore spatial data within their work.  QGIS, a free open-source GIS tool offers similar levels of functionality without the cost or ‘baggage’ of some of the more well known GIS software, making it an attractive alternative.  This workshop will demonstrate and give hands-on experience of some of the basic functions in QGIS that the novice ‘spatial humanist’ might need to visualise their data, which will enable participants to explore the software further with more confidence.  

DSS Workshop Four – Scoping DH Projects, Managing Data and Documenting Work

Instructor: Prof. Jennifer Edmond

Date: 28th October 2020

Time: 12:00-15:00

In this workshop, Prof Edmond will be introduce key success factors for planning, delivering and closing a digital project.  Participants will learn about best practices in, as well as pragmatic tips and tricks for, such key topics as: building collaborations, scoping and costing technical requirements, assuring access and rights to data, standards and common tools, funding schemes and their requirements, team management for successful delivery and end of project considerations, such as handover, what can be expected in terms of sustainability and how to prepare for efficient later migration.

If you would like to be placed on a cancellation list please contact the Module Coordinator, Dr Michelle Doran (