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Summer Institute: From Metadata to Linked Data 4-8 July 2011

The Digital Humanities Observatory and Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce a five day summer school, ‘From Metadata to Linked Data’, a joint Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) COST (Interedition) training school. Through the generosity of the IRCHSS and COST, there is no registration fee. The organisers encourage applications from a variety of subject areas: especially the various disciplines of the humanities, computer science, and the digital humanities.

The Summer School will feature seminars in the morning and hands-on workshops in the afternoon by scholars in the field including Tobias Blanke (Kings College London), Owen Conlan (Trinity College Dublin), Shawn Day (Digital Humanities Observatory), Jennifer Edmond (Trinity College Dublin), Séamus Lawless (Trinity College Dublin), Geoffrey Rockwell (U of Alberta), Susan Schreibman (Digital Humanities Observatory), and Joris van Zundert (Huygens Instituut).

The week will be dedicated to exploring the theories, methods, and tools to create a technology-enabled, distant approach to reading. Distant reading, a term coined by the Stanford-based literary critic, Franco Moretti, relies on computational methods to generate abstract models to ‘read’ large textual corpora. In his 2006 article entitled ‘What do you do with a Million Books’, Greg Crane gave the digital humanities community a shorthand for reading in the modern age. His article points toward a number of exciting possibilities for a paradigm shift in humanities scholarship but realizing this ambition has proven more difficult than theorizing it.

This summer school will bring together a group of interdisciplinary experts to explore solutions to distant reading. The methods to be explored offer the potential to interconnect the knowledge embedded in cultural heritage materials by relating people, places and events across documents and collections so researchers can interrogate them. This technology offers unprecedented power to investigate textual material to begin to realize the vision of distant reading. Attendees must bring a laptop for afternoon exercises.

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This summer school is being offered in conjunction with the DARIAH network

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