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DHIL Updates March 2023

Published by Alison Moore

Dear DHIL Community, 

We have some exciting updates to share with you from our March 2023 newsletter. 

DHIL March 2023 Updates

Congratulations, Julianna!
Julianna Wagar (Digital Fellow, Communications & Textual Editing) is the recipient of a British Association for Romantic Studies Early-Career & Postgraduate bursary for her paper 'Reclaiming Flora MacDonald: Replacing Romantic Remediations of Flora MacDonald with Robert Forbes' 'LiM'"- to be presented at Romantic Boundaries this summer.

Joey joins The TEI Council
Joey Takeda (DHIL Developer) has been appointed to the Technical Council for the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI).  The TEI is a consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form, and the TEI Technical Council is responsible for the development and maintenance of the TEI Guidelines and related TEI systems and resources. The TEI serves as the basis for numerous digital edition projects across the humanities and in the DHIL, including the Lyon in Mourning project and Lake District Online.  

Join us Monday mornings for drop-in DHIL office hours
Do you have a question for the DHIL team? Would you like to build a community with other DH researchers at SFU? Join the DHIL team on Monday mornings from 10:00am to 11:30am in the SFU Burnaby Bennett Library Research Commons Seminar Room 7010. Please drop-in, no registration is necessary!   

Do you have a question for the DHIL?
Can't make to Burnaby on Mondays? We are always happy to meet with faculty, students, and staff to talk about DH tools, software, methods, and projects. Book a consultation here.

Upcoming Workshops

Unlock your research impact: TikTok for academics
Friday, March 10, 2023 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Via Zoom
Curious about using TikTok in your academic work but don’t know where to start? Content creation is ultimately about knowledge mobilization and can be a useful tool for your research communication. Join Penína Sara-Lynn Harding as she shares the tips, tricks, and tools she uses as an Indigenous scholar, TikTok content creator, 2021 alumni of the National Screen Institute. This workshop is part of the Knowledge Mobilization Lunch and Learn series.

Let’s Get Digital (Editions): An Introduction to Digital Editions
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Rm 7010, Research Commons
This workshop considers the what, how, and why of a digital edition. Firstly, what’s a digital textual edition and how can it work? Better yet, how do we work with digital editions? What can we do with them that can’t be done with a physical edition? Paperback and hardcover are words that may come to mind when thinking of editions. However, beyond print runs, editors produce critical editions, creating a distinct reading and interpretation of the text. Scholarly editions can take many forms (parallel, diplomatic, and hypertextual—none of these are as scary as they sound), but all act as a critical apparatus to approach the text with.

This workshop is an introductory course aimed at anyone interested in how digital editions are made, used, and the supports that are available to create an edition. By the end of this workshop, participants will combine the critical inquiry of scholarly editing with technological tools available to produce digital editions of texts.

Unlocking XML Data with XPath
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Burnaby, Bennett Library, Lab 2105
XML (eXtensible Markup language) is a ubiquitous data format across the social sciences and humanities, structuring every web page you see on the internet and powering an array of digital resources like library catalogs, vast scientific datasets, API responses, and digital textual editions. This workshop introduces XPath (XML Path Language): the query language designed specifically for traversing, analyzing, and parsing XML datasets. With its simple syntax, XPath offers a straightforward mechanism for interrogating XML data, allowing researchers to identify patterns, spot inconsistencies, and ask questions of their XML without any previous knowledge of programming languages or query syntaxes.
This workshop is aimed toward anyone who works with XML data and will provide participants with hands-on experience with using XPath. Using the Folger Shakespeare corpus as a sample dataset, this workshop will outline how to construct and execute XPath queries using oXygen XML editor and will demonstrate how participants can answer various research questions ranging in complexity about their data (for example, "What is the average length of Hamlet's soliloquies? To whom does he speak most often? Who speaks the highest number of verse lines across all of Shakespeare's plays?")

Call for Papers

Call for papers: Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies | Congrès annuel de la Société canadienne d’étude du dix-huitième siècle
Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2023
"Matters and Materials of Life, 1660-1820: As we face fundamental shifts in our own understandings of climate, politics, selfhood, and communication, what resources can eighteenth-century treatments of bios provide? We purposely cast a wide net, welcoming papers from across the disciplines that investigate the period’s various ideas of health, care, work, power, violence, pleasure, society, and the environment."

Call for Proposals: Encoding Cultures – joint MEC and TEI Conference 2023
Deadline for submissions: 16 April 2023
"The conference topic is Encoding Cultures, understood both as the encoding of multiple cultures and cultural outputs as well as the variety of encoding cultures that exist within and across our communities. Encoding Cultures will be the 23rd annual meeting of the TEI community and the 11th annual Music Encoding Conference, a cross-disciplinary venue for the MEI community and all who are interested in the digital representation of music. We invite contributions that engage with the complexities of encoding different cultures, such as music cultures and literary cultures, but also oral cultures, the cultures of underrepresented communities, and cultural practices beyond text and music, such as dance, performing arts, and film. We particularly encourage contributions that engage with multilingual and multicultural aspects of text and music encoding, such as multilingual metadata, support for non-Latin scripts and non-Western music notation, support for right-to-left languages, and interface internationalization. In the spirit of bringing together multiple communities, we invite reflections on commonalities, differences, and new approaches in the encoding of these different cultures."

Call for Proposals to the Amplify Podcast Network
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2023
"The Amplify Podcast Network is inviting proposals for new podcasts to join our Sustain stream. This is our first open call for proposals; we will be accepting a maximum of two to four podcasts to join the network, to be chosen through consultation with the Amplify editorial board. Amplify is a scholarly podcast network that encourages collaboration and experimentation via the medium of scholarly podcasting, with a focus on podcasts committed to anti-racism, feminist social justice, and community-building. For more on the network, please consult our mandate. We are open to podcasts on a wide range of topics within the humanities and social sciences, but podcasts will be selected for inclusion in the network based on our guiding editorial values: commitment to critical pedagogy and open scholarship. We are open to proposals for new podcasts or new seasons of existing podcasts. For more on submissions, please read our submission guidelines."