SGML: TESS: The Text Encoding Summer School

SGML: TESS: The Text Encoding Summer School, 1997

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Date:         Fri, 4 Apr 1997 00:02:35 CST
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From: Lou Burnard <lou@VAX.OX.AC.UK>
Subject:      Summer School Announcement: TESS: The Text Encoding Summer School

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                   TESS: The Text Encoding Summer School

                      Organised by Oxford University's
                         Humanities Computing Unit

                            8th-11th July, 1997
                              Oxford University


The Humanities Computing Unit at Oxford is pleased to announce
that applications are now invited for our first TEXT ENCODING
SUMMER SCHOOL, to be held in Oxford 8  - 11 July.

                            Course Aims

By the end of the summer school delegates will:

* have hands-on experience of digitising texts using OCR
* understand the principles of document analysis
* understand the basics of the Standard Generalised Mark-Up
  Language (SGML)
* have hands-on experience of marking up an electronic text using the
  Text Encoding Initiative's TEILite Document Type Definition
* have hands-on experience of SGML authoring and browsing software
* understand the issues involved in distributing SGML documents
* gain basic knowledge of the range of SGML-aware software products
* have practical experience of marking up a complete document in SGML
  and delivering it via the Internet

                              Course Structure

The course will combine presentations, discussions, and practical work
in small groups. All teaching will be carried out by members of the
Humanities Computing Unit, based at Oxford University Computing

Teaching and Hands-on Sessions will run from 0900 to 1700 daily, (with
breaks for coffee and lunch), Wednesday to Friday,  at Oxford
University Computing Service's newly-opened training suite, which is a
few minutes walk from Somerville College.

During the evenings, delegates will be able to use the facilities of
the Centre for Humanities Computing (also based at OUCS), where they
will have access to a wide range of networked software and the

The summer school will begin on the evening of the 8th July with a
drinks reception and finish on the evening of Friday 11th when there
will be a banquet at Somerville College.

                 Course  Pre-Requisites

Those attending the Summer School will be expected to put in a
considerable amount of work, using as material  a piece of text
relating to a specified project which they are undertaking or planning
to undertake at their home institution. Applications for places (see
below) will be appraised with this in mind.

No knowledge of SGML or detailed computing expertise is required.
However, since the course is intended to cover a lot of practical
ground fairly rapidly, attendees will be expected to have some previous
experience of at least one of the following:

        * one or more word-processing packages running under Microsoft
        Windows (3.1 or W95)
        * one or more UNIX text-preparation programs
        * HTML mark-up and web browsing on any platform


The cost of the Summer School is set at 250.00 (sterling). A limited
amount of places will be made available to members of Oxford University
at the cost of 150.00. This price includes:

        * Registration for the course
        * Non-ensuite bed and breakfast accommodation at
          Somerville College for the nights of the 8th, 9th, 10th, and
          11th of July
        * Lunch and coffee 9-11 July
        * Complete and extensive course documentation
        * End of course banquet

Note that Dinner is not provided on the 8th, 9th, or 10th.

Extra nights accommodation either before or after the course are
available on request at the cost of 28.00 (sterling) per night (includes

                The Humanities Computing Unit (HCU)

The Humanities Computing Unit has three main objectives:

* to provide expertise, training, and consultancy in the uses of
  information technology within the Humanities disciplines;

* to facilitate and promote access to a variety of high quality
  scholarly electronic resources for use in research and teaching
  within the Humanities disciplines;

* to carry out research and development in the applications of
  information technology to the Humanities disciplines.

The HCU brings together many well established projects at Oxford
University: The Centre for Humanities Computing; The Oxford Text
Archive; The Computers in Teaching Initiative Centre for Textual
Studies; The British National Corpus; the Text Encoding Initiative;
and the JISC Technology Applications Programme project 'Virtual
Seminars for Teaching Literature'.

                            How To Apply

Only 20 places are available at the Summer School, and we expect it  to
be heavily oversubscribed. You are therefore advised to apply as soon as

Your application must be accompanied by a 250-word description of the
project for which you think the experience gained on the Summer School
will be useful.  You are strongly recommended to provide a sample of
the kind of material relevant  to your project (e.g. a photocopy of a
few pages of the documents you intend to digitize) with your

Please complete the application form at

and return it to us no later than Friday 2nd May. Successful applicants
will be notified by the 19th May.