LINGUIST List 8.467

Sat Apr 5 1997

FYI: The Text Encoding Summer School

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  1. Lou Burnard, The Text Encoding Summer School

Message 1: The Text Encoding Summer School

Date: Fri, 04 Apr 1997 11:06:46 +0100
From: Lou Burnard <>
Subject: The Text Encoding Summer School

 TESS: The Text Encoding Summer School

 Organised by Oxford University's
 Humanities Computing Unit

 8th-11th July, 1997
 Oxford University

The Humanities Computing Unit at Oxford is pleased to announce 
that applications are now invited for our first TEXT ENCODING
SUMMER SCHOOL, to be held in Oxford 8 - 11 July.

 Course Aims

By the end of the summer school delegates will:

* have hands-on experience of digitising texts using OCR
* understand the principles of document analysis
* understand the basics of the Standard Generalised Mark-Up Language (SGML)
* have hands-on experience of marking up an electronic text using the 
 Text Encoding Initiative's TEILite Document Type Definition
* have hands-on experience of SGML authoring and browsing software
* understand the issues involved in distributing SGML documents
* gain basic knowledge of the range of SGML-aware software products
* have practical experience of marking up a complete document in SGML and 
 delivering it via the Internet

 Course Structure

The course will combine presentations, discussions, and
practical work in small groups. All teaching will be carried out
by members of the Humanities Computing Unit, based at Oxford
University Computing Services.

Teaching and Hands-on Sessions will run from 0900 to 1700 daily,
(with breaks for coffee and lunch), Wednesday to Friday, at
Oxford University Computing Service's newly-opened training
suite, which is a few minutes walk from Somerville College.

During the evenings, delegates will be able to use the
facilities of the Centre for Humanities Computing (also based at
OUCS), where they will have access to a wide range of networked
software and the Internet.
The summer school will begin on the evening of the 8th July with
a drinks reception and finish on the evening of Friday 11th when
there will be a banquet at Somerville College.

 Course Pre-Requisites

Those attending the Summer School will be expected to put in a
considerable amount of work, using as material a piece of text
relating to a specified project which they are undertaking or
planning to undertake at their home institution. Applications
for places (see below) will be appraised with this in mind.

No knowledge of SGML or detailed computing expertise is
required. However, since the course is intended to cover a lot
of practical ground fairly rapidly, attendees will be expected
to have some previous experience of at least one of the

	* one or more word-processing packages running under Microsoft
	Windows (3.1 or W95)
	* one or more UNIX text-preparation programs
	* HTML mark-up and web browsing on any platform


The cost of the Summer School is set at 250.00 (sterling). A
limited amount of places will be made available to members of
Oxford University at the cost of 150.00. This price includes:

	* Registration for the course
	* Non-ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation at 
	 Somerville College for the nights of the 8th, 9th, 10th, and
	 11th of July
	* Lunch and coffee 9-11 July
	* Complete and extensive course documentation
	* End of course banquet 

Note that Dinner is not provided on the 8th, 9th, or 10th.

Extra nights accommodation either before or after the course are
available on request at the cost of 28.00 (sterling) per night
(includes breakfast).

 The Humanities Computing Unit (HCU)

The Humanities Computing Unit has three main objectives: 
* to provide expertise, training, and consultancy in the uses of
 information technology within the Humanities disciplines;
* to facilitate and promote access to a variety of high quality 
 scholarly electronic resources for use in research and teaching 
 within the Humanities disciplines;

* to carry out research and development in the applications of
 information technology to the Humanities disciplines.

The HCU brings together many well established projects at Oxford
University: The Centre for Humanities Computing; The Oxford Text
Archive; The Computers in Teaching Initiative Centre for Textual
Studies; The British National Corpus; the Text Encoding
Initiative; and the JISC Technology Applications Programme
project 'Virtual Seminars for Teaching Literature'.

 How To Apply

Only 20 places are available at the Summer School, and we expect
it to be heavily oversubscribed. You are therefore advised to
apply as soon as possible.

Your application must be accompanied by a 250-word description
of the project for which you think the experience gained on the
Summer School will be useful. You are strongly recommended to
provide a sample of the kind of material relevant to your
project (e.g. a photocopy of a few pages of the documents you
intend to digitize) with your application.

Please complete the application form at

and return it to us no later than Friday 2nd May. Successful
applicants will be notified by the 19th May.

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