Events and Conferences

Digital Humanities Workshop with Dr. James Cummings

January 15, 2016

Dr. James Cummings will lead a full day digital humanities workshop on January 22 for all interested faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.

This workshop is appropriate to all levels, from those who are new to digital humanities and want to know more about how it can be applied in humanities research to those who already have projects underway and would like to draw on James's considerable expertise for specific issues or problems. We anticipate that the morning session will focus on an introduction to the standard markup language for representing texts in digital form (TEI-XML) and its various uses, and the afternoon session will address best practices for developing and managing digital projects. 

James Cummings is the Senior Academic Research Technology Specialist for IT Services at the University of Oxford. He helps academics from Humanities and Social Sciences plan research projects with digital aspects, and is the department's liaison for Digital Humanities at Oxford activities. James is Director of the annual week-long Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School and often acts as a liaison between developers and researchers, sometimes taking on principal investigator or project management aspects of digital humanities projects. He still does some active coding and development on workpackages related to XML, markup, schemas and digital editions.

Since 2005 he has been an elected member of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium's Technical Council, and was previously its Chair. This organization develops new features and fixes bugs in the TEI Guidelines for encoding digital text, and undertakes other activities related to supporting this standard. James has a great deal of experience in teaching digital publishing concepts and XML-related technologies.

James completed a PhD in medieval drama from the University of Leeds, an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Leeds, and a BA in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto. His PhD investigates the archival survival of information concerning the performance of drama in medieval culture. It involved a significant amount of archival transcription. His current interests also include the relationship of medieval manuscripts to their digital surrogates. From 2009-2012 he was elected director of the executive board of the Digital Medievalist project. This project encourages best practices in the creation of digital resources for medieval studies, runs an open access journal, wiki, mailing list and sponsors conference sessions.

Should you wish to participate in all or part of the day, kindly reserve a place by sending an email to either Margaret Linley (English) at or John Craig (History) at, who are the co-hosts for the day. Please bring a laptop if possible.

Financial support from the Dean's office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, is gratefully acknowledged.
Refreshments will be provided and further details will be sent to all who have reserved a place.

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