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ESTS / DiXiT 2016 Report

NB: This is a report on the final convention in the core DiXiT programme, held before and jointly with the 2016 meeting of the European Society for Textual Scholarship and directly after a two-day workshop on optical character recognition and text digitisation. Hosted and facilitated by the University of Antwerp and the Centre for Manuscript Genetics, these events took place from 27 September to 7 October 2016.

Although I’ve been to Belgium a number of times, I have always seemed to be on my way to somewhere else. As an Early Stage Researcher in the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT), events sponsored by the network take me all over Europe, often by train, and often through Brussels Midi/Zuid. Happily, though, a series of training events and conferences this autumn finally allowed me to spend over a week in Antwerp, a city in the northern, Dutch-speaking region of Flanders. This report will cover four separate events in varying level of details:

  • Demystifying Digitisation: A Hands-On Master Class in Text Digitisation
  • Internal DiXiT Meetings
  • Pre-Conference Workshops
  • European Society for Textual Scholarship

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Social Knowledge Creation and the Retransmission of Cultural Materials

[I recently presented at an Implementing New Knowledge Environments gathering in Sydney, NSW. The distances between London and Australia being what they are, I made a video rather than attending in person. I’ve embedded it below.]


DH 2014 – Roundup and Reflections

It has been about two weeks since the end of Digital Humanities 2014. Taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland, the conference was a wonderful gathering of senior faculty, graduate students, #altac professionals, and the usual type of folks you find at a digital humanities conference or workshop. As my first DH (I missed Nebraska last year because of a scheduling conflict), I was suitably impressed at the range of topics on display, the projects that people were showcasing, and of course the keynotes.

Despite recently moving to London to take up an Early Stage Researcher position to explore digital social editing and the scholarly edition, I found myself (as always) drawn to panels and papers basically professional in their nature. In other words, rather than more esoteric topics. Regardless, here are some of my favourite presentations and sessions from the conference: Continue Reading


Rocky Mountain MLA

I’m writing this from a lovely little coffee shop in downtown Vancouver, Washington called Torque. The space is large and open, with a number of old dining room tables scattered about and a big, U-shaped bar in the middle. The shop lies at the foot of the I-5 bridge that crosses the Columbia River to Portland, Oregon, in an area that seems to have been mostly railyards or light industry. The building itself was obviously a garage of some kind, and they still have the original doors on. It’s great.  They serve the best espresso, roasted in house, that I have ever had. And I live in the Pacific Northwest, so we know coffee.

Torque is right across the street from the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, location of the just completed Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association conference. In its 67th year, RMMLA (pronounced ‘rim-la,’ I have learned) brings together a number of language and literature academics from (theoretically) the western regions of the United States and Canada; in practice, presenters arrived from as far away as South Carolina, Texas, Arkansas, and New York.
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Notes Towards a Regional Digital Arts & Cultures Collaboratory; or, HASTACing With the Neighbours

[This is the text of a presentation I recently gave at the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HĀSTAC) Conference at York University in Toronto, ON. Taking place 25-28 April 2013, the theme of the meeting was The Decennial: The Storm of Progress: New Horizons, New Narratives, New Codes. This presentation centres on how a focus on regional networks of collaboration–and what a network might look in the Pacific Northwest/West Coast region of Canada and the US–might impact how we “do” digital humanities and grow the field in the future. I have included the slides, as presented, for your edification.]


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