Course Description

In the past few decades, digital editing and digitisation of archival documents have been rapidly gaining prominence. Aiming to cater for both of these branches of Digital Humanities, our summer school offers an in-depth, hands-on curriculum to familiarise students with basic and more advanced tools for making digital editions and managing digital collections. Apart from acquiring a set of technical skills, our programme includes the more general practical guidelines on how to make a digital edition, and leading experts in the field will talk about best practices in digital editing and preservation in a number of keynote lectures.

MONDAY | Digital Archives: Setup and Basics

In the first half of the course, students will use a Raspberry Pi to set up a IIIF compliant server for hosting and sharing digital reproductions of cultural heritage materials. On this first day, students will recieve a general introduction to the course, learn how to configure their devices, connect them in a networked environment, and control them from their own laptops through the command line.

The summer school's first day will end with an Opening Keynote on IIIF by Huw Jones of the Cambridge Digital Library.

TUESDAY | Digital Archives: IIIF Development

On the second day, students will get more experience with command line programming, as they learn how to install a web server, build a web page, and install a IIIF compliant image server on their RPis. Along the way, they will be introduced to other computer languages and fundamental IIIF concepts such as HTML, JSON, and IIIF Manifests.

WEDNESDAY | From Digital Archives to Digital Editions

On the third day, the course moves from Digital Archives to Digital Editions. Before lunch, students use the miniature IIIF-compliant server farm they have set up in the first two days to share, aggregate, and remix each other's images. After lunch, they will be introduced to the theory and practice of digital scholarly editing, and the use of text encoding (specifically: the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative) to digitize the text of cultural heritage materials like the ones they have been working with.

THURSDAY | Digital Editions: TEI Transcription and Processing

On day four, students gain more practical experience preparing their transcriptons of cultural heritage materials for a digital scholarly edition as they are trained in transcribing texts in TEI-XML, and understanding related X-technologies (XPath, XSLT) for processing these transcriptions.

FRIDAY | Digital Editions: Publication

On the last day, students will learn how to use some of the transcription data and computer skills they have amassed throughout the week in a TEI-compatible digital publication environment so that they may develop and publish their own digital scholarly editions in the future.

The summer school's last day will end with a Closing Keynote on the TEI Publisher by Magdalena Turska of eXist Solutions.







Daily Schedule

09:30-11:00: Session 1
11:00-11:30: Coffee break A
11:30-13:00: Session 2
13:00-14:00: Lunch
14:00-15:30: Session 3
15:30-16:00: Coffee break B
16:00-17:00: Session 4 / Keynote slot