Dr James Cummings

Dr James Cummings

Dr James Cummings is the Senior Academic Research Technology Specialist for the IT Services of the University of Oxford. He helps academics from the Humanities and Social Sciences plan research projects with digital aspects, and is the department’s liaison for Digital Humanities at Oxford activities. James is the founding director of the annual week-long Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School. James 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 to the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium‘s Technical Council, and is now its Chair. This technical council 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 TorontoHis PhD investigates the archival survival of information concerning the performance of drama in medieval culture. It involved a significant amount of archival transcription.

In addition to the archival survival of information about early performance, the relationship of medieval manuscripts to their digital surrogates is one of his interests. From 2009-2012 he was the elected director of the executive board of the Digital Medievalist project. This project encourages best practice in the creation of digital resources for medieval studies, runs an open access journal, wiki, mailing list and sponsors conference sessions.

He is the founder of the DH Awards and openly nominated, openly voted, awareness raising activity in Digital Humanities.

James attempts to bridge both Medieval Studies and Digital Humanities in his publications, conference papers and posters.

To contact James email researchsupport@it.ox.ac.uk or directly at firstname.lastname@it.ox.ac.uk

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  1. […] (initially Peter Baker, Elizabeth Solopova, Murry McGillivray, and Martin Foys, and then James Cummings and Dot Porter as well); and in 2005 I was then elected to the board of the Text Encoding […]

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