17.838 Summer Seminar Series, University of New Brunswick

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 838.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Mon, 03 May 2004 10:01:29 +0100
             From: "Lisa Charlong" <lcharlon@unb.ca>
             Subject: Summer Seminar Series at the University of New Brunswick

    Announcing the Eighth Summer Seminar Series at the University of New
    Brunswick/ Fredericton/ New Brunswick/ Canada/ August 13-20, 2004

    For the past seven years, the Electronic Text Centre at the University
    of New Brunswick has offered a highly successful summer institute,
    “Creating Electronic Texts and Images- a Practical exploration of the
    Research, Preservation and Pedagogical uses of Electronic Text and
    Images”. This year the Centre is pleased to announce an expanded
    offering of two one-week workshops, “Essentials of Electronic
    Publishing” with David Gants, and “Intensive Introduction to Encoded
    Archival Description” with Daniel Pitti. There will also be a two-day
    workshop “Fundamentals of Digital Imaging” with Marc Bragdon.

    The workshops are designed to effectively balance technical components
    with theoretical and practical “hands-on” learning opportunities in
    state-of-the-art facilities. Participants gain a greater
    understanding of the latest techniques, tools and standards while
    expanding their communities of practice.

    Essentials of Electronic Publishing Workshop
    Instructor: David L. Gants
    Aug. 16-20
    Registration limited to 20

    David Gants, http://www.unb.ca/research/research_chair/grants.htm
    works in the fields of English and Humanities Computing, with special
    interests in textual and editorial theory, the history of the book,
    and Renaissance English literature. As Canada Research Chair in
    Humanities Computing, he is working to develop a new generation of
    digital publications that incorporate the power of hypermedia and
    computer networks to investigate textual culture.

    This course will introduce students to the essential elements of
    electronic publishing. Topics to be covered include:

       Principals of transcription and editing
       The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
       Basic data structuring
       Using XML
       HTML/SGML to XML conversion
    Cascading Stylesheets
    XSL transformations

    This course is designed primarily for librarians and archivists who
    are planning to develop digital projects; for scholars who are
    creating Web-based resources as part of their teaching and research;
    and for publishers who are looking to move publications to the
    Internet. The teaching method will emphasize hands-on learning and
    deal with a variety of source materials ranging from letters and
    journals to essays and articles.

    Course participants will learn to create a set of on-line digital
    objects, while making extensive use of the TEI Guidelines and mark-up
    resources: transcribing the source document, planning the textual
    structure, marking up the resource, building stylesheets and XSL
    transformations, and finally publishing the completed work on the Web.
       As well, the course seeks to inform the creation of digital resources
    with an awareness of the long tradition of books and printing. This
    will include readings and lectures on textual scholarship and printing
    history. Finally, there will be a half-day mini-workshop on creating
    and manipulating digital images to accompany the electronic texts.

    Intensive Introduction to Encoded Archival Description (EAD) Workshop
    Instructor: Daniel Pitti Aug. 16-20 Registration limited to 15

    Daniel Pitti, (http://www.iath.virginia.edu/~dvp4c/), is currently
    Interim Co-Director at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the
    Humanities (IATH), University of Virginia. He has been involved in
    the development of EAD, as the chief technical editor, since it’s
    beginning in 1993. Daniel is a member of the EAD Working Group of the
    Society of American Archivists. He has taught introductory and
    advanced courses in the Rare Book School (Virginia) and around the
    world since 1997.

    Encoded Archival Description (EAD) is an established international
    standard for the XML-based encoding of archival description. This
    course will provide an intensive, hands-on introduction to Encoding
    Archival Description. Topics to be covered include:

    Overview XML and XSLT
    Overview of XML editing and publishing tools
    History and Current Status of EAD
    EAD Semantics and Structure
    Guided encoding of a typical finding aid
    Encoding of students' finding aids
    Conversion techniques
    Organization and funding models for archival description projects and

    This course is primarily aimed at archivists and manuscript librarians
    who would like an intensive introduction to EAD that includes an
    extensive supervised hands-on component. Repository administrators
    contemplating the implementation of EAD and technologists working in
    repositories will also find the course useful.

    Lecture and discussion topics will include: an introduction to
    Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Extensible Stylesheet
    Language-Transformations (XSLT); use of software tools to create and
    publish finding aids; the history of EAD, focusing on its theoretical
    and technological foundations; the current status of EAD and related
    standards development activities, including Encoded Archival Context
    (EAC) and Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS); in-depth
    introduction to the structure and semantics of EAD; use of software
    tools to create and publish finding aids; conversion techniques and
    methodologies; and the integration and management of EAD in an archive
    or library, including funding and organizational models. The class
    will jointly encode and publish a finding aid that will illustrate a
    wide variety of essential EAD and XML concepts. Students will also
    encode and publish one of their own finding aids.

    Fundamentals of Digital Imaging Workshop
    Instructor: Marc Bragdon
    August 13­14
    Registration limited to 15

    Marc Bragdon is Electronic Services Librarian with the University of
    New Brunswick Libraries Electronic Text Centre. Marc plays a lead
    role in the ongoing development of digital preservation strategies for
    UNB Libraries that incorporate international standards in digital
    imaging and information exchange as well as associated networked
    indexing and search/retrieval applications.

    Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on
    exercises, the instructor will introduce workshop participants to the
    practical considerations of creating a digital imaging environment as
    well as developing and maintaining production workflows. Theory
    covered in the workshop will be firmly grounded in practice so that
    participants leave with a strong sense of where to begin in setting up
    a custom digital imaging operation that meets the highest standards
    for preserving and making accessible heritage resources.


    This year’s Summer Seminar Series suggests that participants have some
    experience with the Web and an elementary understanding of HTML or
    XML. For the EAD workshop, applicants should have, at a minimum, a
    basic knowledge of archival descriptive practices and experience using
    word-processing software with a graphical user interface.

    The workshops will be held in two state-of-the-art research and
    teaching lab facilities in the Harriet Irving Library on the UNB
    campus. A Windows PC will be available for each participant in a
    comfortable air-conditioned environment.

    Registration before July 15 is $950.00 (CDN) for either five-day
    workshop and $275.00 (CDN) the two-day workshop. Late registration
    fees are $1,050.00 (CDN) for the five-day workshops and $300.00 for
    the two-day workshop. Tuition includes taxes; all course fees,
    nutritional breaks and lunches. Tuition does NOT include cost of

    BEGINNING May 7, Workshop Registration and additional details will be
    available at: http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/SGML_course/Aug2004/

    The Lord Beaverbrook Hotel in picturesque downtown Fredericton is offering
    special room rates at $109.00 plus tax (Canadian) for single occupancy.
    Participants will be responsible for making their own reservations at (506)
    455-3371 or 1-866-444-1946. Rooms are reserved under UNB Libraries and
    must be booked by July 20 to ENSURE RATE AND AVAILABILITY. Additional
    accommodations are available at the City of Fredericton tourism webpage:


    1. Tour and dinner at King’s Landing Historical Settlement ­ Sunday
    afternoon, August 15 (http://www.kingslanding.nb.ca/englishhome.htm)
    2. Barbeque (beef & lobster) ­ Wednesday evening, August 18 3.
    Farewell Dinner ­ August 20

    Please note that modest additional charges will apply to some of above
    special events.

    Please contact Susan Oliver (suoliver@unb.ca)
       Lori Tozer at 506-452-6325
    Information on prior institutes is available at:

    ------- End of forwarded message -------Lisa Charlong
    Assistant Director
    Electronic Text Centre
    University of New Brunswick Libraries
    Fredericton NB
    FAX: 506-453-4595


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