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Introduction to Text Encoding and TEI

Time: Wednesday, January 29, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: HRC Classroom, East Pyne Room 012, Lower Level
Instructors: Clifford Wulfman and Ben Johnston

What’s with all the pointy brackets???

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A diary entry from poet Robert Graves, “Getting started using TEI” http://tei.oucs.ox.ac.uk/GettingStarted/html/in.html

Text encoding involves rendering transcriptions of documents (books, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, engravings, and so on) into machine-readable form, so that they may be processed by computers in a variety of ways. Most of us are familiar with word-processing programs that create encoded texts for printing; and many of us have heard about HTML, a way of marking up, or annotating, a text for display on the World Wide Web.

What most people don’t know is that text markup has uses far beyond simple presentation (formatting and print layout). It can be used to support fundamental scholarly practices like glossing, annotation, linking, and other kinds of semantic analysis and interpretation, making the scholar’s intellectual work readable by machines.

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The Productive Scholar: Intro to Basic Text Analysis

Topic: Introduction to Basic Text Analysis
Speaker: Ben Johnston

Time: Thursday, October 17, 12noon – 1pm
Location: HRC Classroom, Room 012, Lower Level, East Pyne

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to several tools useful for the analysis of text. AntConc, an easy-to-use but quite powerful concordance program, allows one to run sophisticated and detailed searches over a corpus, make comparisons of the textual characteristics of one text versus another, and to run collocation analyses. The online Voyant Tools offers a spectacular suite of tools for text analysis and includes visualizations of the results, providing an excellent entry point to text analysis. Tools for basic topic modeling and named-entity recognition will also be presented. For those curious about topic modeling, MALLET provides an easy way to get started. Finally, the Stanford Named-entity Recognizer (NER) is a tool for recognizing and tagging proper nouns, or entities, such as people, place names, or organizations in a text.

Speaker: Ben Johnston is Senior Educational Technologist and Manager at OIT’s Humanities Resource Center (HRC) in East Pyne, and Consultant for the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI). Ben has been involved with educational technology for over twelve years in positions at Columbia University, Bryn Mawr College, and Princeton University. While at Princeton, Ben has worked with educators and researchers across the Humanities and Social Sciences to facilitate the use of digital assets, technology tools, databases, and digital video in teaching and research.

Take a MOOC, Learn a Language

instreamia-logo-circleonly-new-150x1501Instreamia is a new MOOC that focuses on learning languages. The MOOC offers free courses in Spanish, English, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese, using some surprising, but abundant, course materials.

Instreamia uses YouTube videos from recording artists, pop culture, TED lectures, and other entertainment resources created by native speakers in the language you’d like to learn. These videos are supplemented with listening exercises and flashcards. During listening exercises, you can simultaneously view a translation, gradually building your vocabulary. Questions are posted in a public forum, to be answered by other course members and/or course instructors so that everyone can benefit. Instreamia also has a social aspect, in that you can friend other course members and native speakers.

You can sign up for a course on the Instreamia website

Free Daily Spanish Videos and Mp3s (with Vocab Lists)

If you are looking for a free site that has Spanish videos, mp3s, and vocab lists for free, then The Spanish Blog is a great resource. The owner of the blog, Laura Garrido Eslava is a Spanish Language teacher from Spain. She even offers parts of her lessons for free on her site. Her videos and course materials (one lesson is a comparison of Spanish to English texts) are pretty comprehensive and written by a true expert. To view what Laura has to offer, click on the link below or view one of her many videos:


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List of Free Language Phrasebooks by Wikitravel

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Wikitravel has compiled free language phrasebooks put together by its users. Some of the phrasebooks are not complete, but if you are familiar with the language, you have the ability to add to the phrasebook (just like you would in any other wiki). These are great for traveling (or beginner’s course work) and learning how to pronounce the words in that language.

To see the list of phrasebooks, click on the link below:



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