Digital Humanities

The Research Support team has specialist knowledge in the field of Digital Humanities. This field applies the use of digital tools and methodologies to the study of Humanities subjects. Some members of the team are able to provide this specialism because of their backgrounds in humanities disciplines and their experience with Digital Humanities projects.

The Research Support team can advise on:

  • Digital Humanities tools and methodologies, including software selection and use
  • Funding opportunities for Digital Humanities
  • Information about relevant activities in other Universities and domains
  • Conferences, workshops and training opportunities related to Digital Humanities
  • Appropriate international standards or communities of practice in numerous domains

The Research Support team can help by:

  • Running training events or workshops
  • Reading and providing feedback on technical aspects of funding proposals
  • Providing advisory sessions to help plan and carry out your research
  • Linking you up with other colleagues using similar methods

Some events and activities we participate in include:

  • The Research Support team works closely with the University’s Digital Humanities at Oxford network
  • The Research Student Discussion Group in the Digital Humanities at TORCH provide humanities postgraduate students with an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, experiences, and expertise on the use of digital technologies for research
  • The Corpus Linguistics in Oxford working group has termly meetings for staff and graduate students interested in digital language resources
  • The Research Support team in IT Services founded and runs the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School with the support of stakeholders from around the University. This is an annual five-day training event, usually taking place in July.
  • Members of the Research Support Team sit on the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Technical Council; Oxford has played a crucial role in the development and maintenance of this international standard for digital text, and as such has been a key player in many large research projects involving it
  • Staff from the Research Support team teach a 6 week course in Hilary Term on digital research methods for linguistic and text analysis
  • The Research Support team teaches a variety of technical courses for the IT Learning Programme, such as those on XML, XPath and the oXygen XML Editor, XSLT, and the TEI Guidelines as well as many more
  • ‘Using language corpora to explore English usage’ is a course taught by IT Services staff to students on the MSt English Language course in Michaelmas term

Staff in the Research Support team have a wealth of experience which we can bring to our advisory and support activities in the University. James Cummings is a director of the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, and elected to the TEI Technical Council. Martin Wynne is Director of User Involvement for CLARIN, a major European research infrastructure for the use of digital language resources and tools in the humanities and social sciences, and also the national coordinator for CLARIN-UK.

We have a long history of involvement in external activities such as advising funders and policy makers, organising conferences and workshops, reviewing papers and funding proposals, developing standards and guidelines, sustaining and preserving digital data, and participating as digital specialists in research projects.

We are always happy to receive enquiries: if you would like someone to facilitate an event like those described above, please contact us at researchsupport@it.ox.ac.uk.

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