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TU Darmstadt Boot Camp coming up…

Recently we had a Call For Participation out for Interedition’s next developement bootcamp. The 6th Interedition on interoperability and light weight infrastructures for digital scholarship will run from 28 February to 4 March 2011

The Bootcamp
Interedition is inviting all interested to participate in the upcoming
Development Bootcamp, which will take place from 28 February to 4 March
2011 at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. The bootcamp is being
organized by a joint group from TU Darmstadt and the Universität Trier:

  • Andrea Rapp (Darmstadt)
  • Thomas Burch (Trier)
  • Vera Hildenbrandt (Trier)
  • Julianne Nyhan (Trier)
  • Oliver Schmid (Trier)

The primary objective of the bootcamp is the development of prototypes for
interoperable ‘microservice’ tools for text scholarship and digital
editions.  Much of the work will focus on the first Interedition prototype
tool, CollateX, described in more detail below; development on other
related tools will also be welcomed. Another important objective is to give
developers and early stage researchers an opportunity to meet and share
their own projects and experiences with tool interoperability in textual

Some examples of projects to be undertaken at the bootcamp include:

For CollateX:

  • Further development work on the core
  • Creation of a test harness and robust test suite

For related work:

  • Use of the collation service to analyze topic maps, and compare the
  • semantics of text
  • Development of shared back-end protocols that would allow for
  • interoperability of text transcription tools
  • Proof-of-concept creation of a full microservice-based toolchain for
  • the production and initial publication of digitally edited text

COST Action IS0704 ‘Interedition’ is offering bursaries to early stage
researchers (< Ph.D. + 10 years) and developers that want to join the
bootcamp. The bursaries will consist of an 100 Euro per diem allowance and
will cover travel expenses fully (limitations apply).

How to apply
If you are interested in participating in the bootcamp, please send an
email to You don’t need an intricate motivation, but please state your
affiliation, and add a very short (certainly not more than 200 words)
description of your current or related development work in digital
humanities. Please note that if you do join the bootcamp, some formal
paperwork will be necessary to get you the bursary – but until now all
participants passed that test with flying colors.

Preliminary Program
Monday 28 February

  • Introduction of participants and projects
  • Introduction to CollateX and the principles of microservices
  • Division of Tasks/Labor

Tuesday 1 March

  • Development

Wednesday 2 March

  • Development

Thursday 3 March

  • Unconference on participants’ projects
  • Development

Friday 4 March

  • Development
  • Documentation
  • Ungathering on…
    • Interoperability of tools and data for digital humanities
    • Supporting the Open Source Development Community in Digital Humanities
  • Round up, reporting

About the CollateX Prototype…

The Interedition team has recently (July 2010) released version 0.9 of
CollateX, a webservice-enabled text collation engine that will be of use to
a wide range of digital humanities projects. This release is the result of
the work done during the fourth Interedition Bootcamp in April 2010 in Firenze,
Italy and is the first official release of CollateX. It features baseless
multiple witness alignment, parallel segmentation and handling of
transpositions. It can export an alignment table as a critical apparatus in
TEI format. CollateX is available as a Java application and has Python
bindings available, but it is primarily designed to be run as a REST
webservice using the Tomcat or Jetty webserver. More information can be
found on

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