From Metadata to Linked Data Summer School


From Metadata to Linked Data Summer School
Where: Dublin, Ireland
When: 4-8 July 2011

Closing date for applications 24 January 2011

The Digital Humanities Observatory and Trinity College Dublin are delighted to announce a five day summer school, ‘From Metadata to Linked Data’, a joint Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) COST (Interedition) training school. Through the generosity of the IRCHSS and COST, there is no registration fee. The organisers encourage applications from a variety of subject areas: especially the various disciplines of the humanities, computer science, and the digital humanities.

The Summer School and will feature seminars in the morning and hands-on workshops in the afternoon by scholars in the field including Tobias Blanke (Kings College London), Owen Conlan (Trinity College Dublin), Shawn Day (Digital Humanities Observatory), Jennifer Edmond (Trinity College Dublin), Séamus Lawless (Trinity College Dublin), Geoffrey Rockwell (U of Alberta), Susan Schreibman (Digital Humanities Observatory), and Joris van Zundert (Huygens Instituut).

The week will be dedicated to exploring the theories, methods, and tools to create a technology-enabled, distant approach to reading. Distant reading, a term coined by the Stanford-based literary critic, Franco Moretti, relies on computational methods to generate abstract models to ‘read’ large textual corpora. In his 2006 article entitled ‘What do you do with a Million Books’, Greg Crane gave the digital humanities community a shorthand for reading in the modern age. His article points toward a number of exciting possibilities for a paradigm shift in humanities scholarship but realising this ambition has proven more difficult than theorising it.

This summer school will bring together a group of interdisciplinary experts to explore solutions to distant reading. The methods to be explored offer the potential to interconnect the knowledge embedded in cultural heritage materials by relating people, places and events across documents and collections so researchers can interrogate them. This technology offers unprecedented power to investigate textual material to begin to realise the vision of distant reading. Attendees must bring a laptop for afternoon exercises.

Applications are now being accepted. Applicants may also apply for one of the bursaries being generously funded by the COST Action Interedition and the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences. Up to 20 bursaries for Early Stage Researchers in Europe will be awarded.

To apply for bursaries, candidates must be:

* an emerging scholar, which is defined by the ESF as someone who has 
not been in an established position for more than five years, with 
exceptions for parental, medical, and national service leaves. The ESF 
notes that ‘students, post-doctorate researchers and lecturers within 5 
years of appointment would be amongst those included in this definition’.

* affiliated to an institution in a country in which ESF has a member organisation

There is no registration fee for the summer school. Bursaries will be awarded in two categories: €300 for Irish delegates and up to €600 for delegates outside Ireland. Expenses will be reimbursed after the event.

If you would like to be considered for a place at the summer school, please follow the link below and complete the application.

For more information on the curriculum please see

This summer school is being offered in conjunction with the DARIAH network


Royal Irish Academy
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