The Summer Seminar will address a wide range of challenges and opportunities that electronic texts and software offer to teachers, scholars and librarians in the humanities. The focus will be practical and methodological, with the immediate aim of assisting participants in their teaching, research, and advising. It will be concerned with the demonstrable benefits of using electronic texts, typical problems and how to solve them, and how software fits or can be adapted to common methods of textual study. Participants will work on their own projects and will be given the opportunity to present them at the end of the Seminar.
In response to demand, we are expanding the Seminar in 1995 to provide a maximum of sixty places. There will be a plenary sessions throughout and six parallel tracks devoted to specific areas of humanities computing. Participants will attend all plenary sessions and select one parallel track for more detailed study.
The six parallel tracks will cover textual analysis, TEI/SGML, scholarly editing, hypertext, tools for historical analysis, and the design and planning of an electronic text center. Each track will allow for intensive work on participants' own projects and give ample opportunity for both hands-on experience with current software and seminar discussion, as appropriate.
Throughout the Seminar, the instructors will provide assistance with designing projects, locating sources for texts and software, and solving practical problems. Ample computing facilities will be available. A small library of essential articles and books in humanities computing will be on hand to supplement printed seminar materials, which include an extensive bibliography. Special lectures will describe current research in the field and address research topics as well as the role of the library in the use of electronic texts.
The Seminar is intended for faculty, students, librarians, technical advisers, and academic administrators with direct responsibilities for humanities computing support. It assumes basic computing experience but not necessarily with its application to academic research and teaching in the humanities.
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