Travelling Roadshow -- Training the Links

What 'Travelling Roadshow'?

The Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University has funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to take on tour around the UK a Travelling Roadshow on Computational Methods in Textual Studies, during Spring 2018. Each Roadshow event will comprise a series of talks, demos, and hands-on training events for students and staff at a UK university, followed by a public performance in which actors attempt to convey some of the wonderousness of machines being able to store and process human language. The Roadshow will visit:

Strathclyde University, Glasgow, on 22-23 March 2018, with the performance at 7.30pm on 23 March

Bath Spa University, Bath, on 13 April, with the performance at 7.30pm

Leeds University, Leeds, on 10-11 May 2018, with the performance at 7.30pm on 11 May

Bodleian Library, Oxford, TBA

Centre for Computing History, Oxford, (performance only) TBA

Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, TBA


Who/what are 'The Links'?

Each academic venue hosting a Roadshow has nominated a person, The Link, to liaise between the host and the Centre for Textual Studies. The Links will facilitate the Roadshow coming to their institutions and assist in delivering the sessions of the Roadshow there. Before that, the Links will come to the Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University in Leicester to receive a week of specialist training in digital techniques customized to their interests. The Links are:

Louise Logan <louise.logan@strath.ac.uk>, a PhD student at Strathclyde University working on human/animal encounters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Rachel Willie <r.j.willie@ljmu.ac.uk>, a lecturer in early modern literature at Liverpool John Moores University

Brett Greatley-Hirsch <b.d.hirsch@leeds.ac.uk>, an Academic Fellow in Textual Studies and Digital Editing at the Leeds University

Stephen Gregg <s.gregg@bathspa.ac.uk>, a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Bath Spa University

A. N. Other from Oxford University


The Itinerary

Here is what The Links will be study in their week at the Centre for Textual Studies (CTS) in the Clephan Building on the De Montfort University Leicester campus, as shown on this map:

Monday 6 November 2017 12.30-1.30pm
Lunch in room CL0.35 of the Clephan Building

Monday 6 November 2017 2-4pm
"An introduction to information theory" led by Gabriel Egan in CL1.32b

Tuesday 7 November 2017 10am-12noon
"How computers work" led by Gabriel Egan in CL1.32b

Tuesday 7 November 2017 12.30-1.30pm
Lunch in room CL0.35

Tuesday 7 November 2017 2-4pm
"The surprising amount of text-mining you can do with Microsoft Word, Excel and Notepad" led by Paul Brown and Gabriel Egan in Gateway House room GH5.82

Wednesday 8 November 2017 10am-12noon
"XML, XPath, XQuery: Textual encoding and getting answers back" led by Paul Brown and Gabriel Egan in CL1.32b

Wednesday 8 November 2017 12.30-1.30pm
Lunch in room CL0.35

Wednesday 8 November 2017 2.30-4.30pm
"Measuring style in writing" led by Brett Greatley-Hirsch (cross-listed as a DRAUGHTS event) in CL1.32b

Wednesday 8 November 2017 4.30-6.30pm
"Hands-On Letter-Press Printing" led by Paul Brown (cross-listed as a DRAUGHTS event) in CL0.31

Thursday 9 November 2017 AM
A free morning after the long Wednesday

Thursday 9 November 2017 12.30-1.30pm
Lunch in room CL0.35

Thursday 9 November 2017 2.30-4.30pm
"Using statistics to avoid your own gaffes and spot other people's" led by Mike Stout and Gabriel Egan in CL1.32b

Friday 10 November 2017 12.30-1.30pm
Lunch in Eric Wood Learning Zone

Friday 10 November 2017 1.30pm
"Start of the 48-hour Text Hackathon"