2019 Evening events

On most evenings of the Summer School there are social events. Please let us know when you register which evening events you would like to attend.

Monday 22nd July 2019
Welcome Drinks Reception and Poster Session

  • Venue: Natural History Museum, Oxford

  • Time: 7.00 to 8.30pm

  • Charge: Free to attend, but booking required.


The Monday evening will feature a welcome drinks reception including a peer-reviewed poster session.

This event is free for DHOxSS participants and speakers to attend but should be booked when registering. This reception includes drinks and nibbles, but not a full evening meal.

Tuesday 23rd July 2019
Walking Tour of Oxford
  • Venue: Central Oxford

  • Meeting point: Martyrs' Memorial at intersection of St Giles', Magdalen Street and Beaumont Street

  • Time: 6.30pm (for approx. 1 hour)

  • Charge: Free to attend, but booking required on registration

The guide will take you through the heart of the historic city centre illustrating the history of Oxford and its University and describing the architecture and traditions of its most famous buildings and institutions.

There is no additional charge for DHOxSS participants for this event but there are a limited number of places available.

Wednesday 24th July 2019
Digital Musicology convenor event: Unlocking Musicology, Narratives through Data
Dr Kevin Page, Oxford e-Research Centre


Thursday 25th July 2019
TORCH Public Lecture
Co-presented with The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)
Professor Rob Iliffe, Faculty of History, Oxford

  • Venue: Keble College

  • Time: 6pm-7.30pm

  • Charge: Free to attend, but registration required

  • Please note this event is also open to the public

​​How to ‘edit’ a large digital edition: the case of the Newton Project

The ideas and principles that have guided the design and management of the Newton Project over more than two decades.


​With no relevant digital projects to act as a guide, the Newton Project was instituted over two decades ago as an ambitious effort to publish an online edition of all of Newton’s non-scientific writings.  In this time we have transcribed all of Newton’s personal and theological writings (totalling about 6.5 million words) and have built up unrivalled collective experience in re-designing and producing the contents of one of the most ambitious digital editions of any individual's writings.  In the last decade, we have published edited encoded transcriptions of most of Newton’s key administrative, mathematical and scientific texts (and about half of his correspondence), and aim to complete the transcription of all c.11 million words comprising the materials left at his death by 2027, the tercentenary of his demise.


Throughout the process, our aim has been to produce an exhaustive re-presentation in TEI-informed XML of the written materials, available in both a diplomatic and normalised form. For a broad group of serious researchers, the availability of high-quality images of the originals provided by Cambridge Digital Library and the National Library of Israel makes it possible to use the digitised text merely as a searchable dataset facilitating an exemplary form of close reading. For an even smaller group of academic researchers, access to the books that made up Newton’s library offers the chance to make optimal use of the resources, by comparing notes and dog-ears in his books with his working notes and marginal references to secondary sources in his treatises.


In this talk I discuss the often utilitarian and always utopian principles that have underpinned our work as a whole, both in terms of the logic of production and in terms of how we have thought of the nature of the edition.  Many of our decisions have been driven by the need to optimize our efficiency, so that (for example), we have rejected opportunities to use either crowd-sourcing or handwriting interpretation systems because of the amount of time it takes to correct these in comparison with input from expert transcribers.  However, new developments mean that this caution is almost certainly misplaced. It also seems clear that machines can now ‘edit’ large bodies of material by automatically locating and ordering versions of what are now disparately located examples of text by finding connections between these text strings.  


As a result, it may be possible to reconstruct the archive to produce some ideal representation of Newton’s works, Following that, we assume, we will be able to pose new questions to the dataset, and grasp the development of Newton’s ideas at a level that we would have considered unfeasible even ten years ago.  Although human intervention will be crucial in the future, perhaps to provide new types of commentary, the obvious question arises of whether human contributors will play a secondary role in this cyborgian collaboration. 


Free registration via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/torch-lecture-speaker-professor-rob-iliffe-tickets-64673127064


Friday 26th July 2019
Informal Pub Trip

  • Venue: The Royal Oak

  • Times: tbc

  • Charge: You must pay for any food or drink you consume

Just after DHOxSS 2019 has finished, participants are invited to join many of those involved in the teaching and organisation to celebrate another successful DHOxSS at a local pub. 


This is not an official DHOxSS event and you must pay for any food or alcohol you consume.

"The evening events were a wonderful opportunity to make contact with
people from the other workshop strands."

DHOxSS 2017 participant



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