Interedition: Call For Participation
Interedition has the pleasure of inviting all interested scholars and developers to participate in the upcoming Bootcamp to be held on the occasion of the 2012 conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (http://ests2012.huygens.knaw.nl/). This bootcamp will be held from 21 until 24 November 2012 at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands in The Hague.
Computational models of text in the Digital Humanities are strongly informed by the technological basis which practitioners in the field choose to process them. Such technological bases may be found in XML-based technologies employed for encoding, processing and delivering digital texts. They may be found in alternatives like the Resource Description Format (RDF), string-/range-based models, or network/graph-oriented approaches. Which ever: each of these technological frameworks shape the way we construct and (in the end) conduct computations on digital texts. While the family of XML-related tools forms an ecosystem which does not only include an encoding standard but also offers a manifold of options for processing XML-encoded data (XPath, XQuery, XSLT, XProc etc.), alternatives often fall short of providing easy-to-use, practical solutions for the digital humanist when it comes to leveraging the advantages of such complementary approaches.
This particular bootcamp therefore sets a formidable challenge: can the contours of an alternative, domain specific language (DSL) for the flexible processing of texts (beyond the constraints of e.g. XML) be defined and the beginnings of a reference implementation be designed and constructed in mere days?
- Wednesday 21 November 2012
Day 1 of the bootcamp will be an unconference on the concepts and particulars of text modeling. Which existing models (graphs, ranges, trees?) or what combination serves us the most. What verbs make up our language, to what scholarly concepts does it answer? And how do we implement it?
- Thursday 22 & Friday 23 November 2012
Day 2 & 3 will be hacking, developing, testing, and reiterating. The idea is to end with a minimalist implementation that for example could excute something like:
witnesses = Witnesses.new()
witnesses.add( 'http://example.org/rest_tei&id=00.1.3233.2' ).add( 'http://example.org/rest_tei&id=00.1.3233.3' )
witnesses.first.annotate( new Range( 20, 40 ), "My annotation" )
variant_graph = witnesses.collate.graph
variant_graph.out( './examples/exmp_001.svg' )
All naive assumptions and implicit architectural subtext in this fictitious example are discussables!
- Saturday 24 November 2012
Day 4 will be evaluative. We see what we have, what problems we identified. Also we make a start with disseminating our findings in a blog post and the layout of a journal contribution.
Kindly sponsored by the Huygens Institute 'Interedition' is able to offer a limited amount of bursaries typically ranging from 500 to 750 Euros depending on travel distance. Successful applicants are expected to attend the full bootcamp, and should in general be early stage researchers and/or developers (< Ph.D. + 10 years) able to motivate a clear interest and experience in tool design, development, and/or text modeling.
If you are interested in participating in the bootcamp, please send an email to joris.van.zundert-AT-huygensinstituut.knaw.nl by 10 November 2012. In the email state your affiliation, add a short description of your current or related development work in digital humanities. Please also suggest what you want to bring to the bootcamp as to modeling and development expertise, and what you hope to take away form it.
Interedition (http://www.interedition.eu) is a digital humanities community initiative whose objective is to further the interoperability of tools in digital scholarship. Interedition is raising the awareness of the importance of interoperability as a major driver for sustainability for tools and data in the field of digital scholarship. This activity takes two forms: firstly, meetings in which researchers in digital scholarship can network their knowledge of tools and the possibilities for their interoperability; secondly, the development of proof-of-concept implementations of interoperable tools. These proof-of-concept tools are the focus of Interedition's periodic bootcamps, which offer the open source development community in the humanities opportunities to meet, network, and exchange knowledge.
About the organizers
The bootcamp is organized through the kind efforts of:
- Ronald Haentjens-Dekker (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands)
- Joris van Zundert (Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands)
Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5
2595 BE The Hague
(Note that the venue is different from the ESTS2012 conference venue to ensure good development facilities. The ESTS venue in Amsterdam is a 40 minutes train ride away.)
Wednesday 21 November 2012, 10AM CEST
Participants are expected to book accommodation at their own convenience, bursaries will be based on a 100 Euro per diem allowance for covering accommodation and sustenance. A list of suggested accommodation can be found at TheHague112012Bootcamp_Accommodation.
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