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Online webinar: Spring 2016 Programming for Humanists

Registration is open for the Spring 2016 Programming for Humanists continuing education course and online webinar offered by the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University.
The Spring 2016 class begins Friday, January 22, 2016 and meets for two hours on Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Central time) through April 29, 2016 (except for the week of TAMU Spring Break and Good Friday and one Monday class.)
This course is designed for people who have had some introduction to coding in the Digital Humanities, ideally the Fall 2015 Programming4Humanists class. However, any coding experience will do.  This class will introduce registrants to methods of topic modeling – that is, automated ways of finding clusters of ideas in textual data such as the 23,000 texts from Early English Books Online that have recently been released by the Text Creation Partnership.  We will teach registrants how to clean metadata and add information to it that brings it closer to Linked Open Data.  We will teach intermediate TEI encoding (that is, anything beyond the basic TEIStevensFinished.xml document used during the Fall 2015 class), specifically, drama, poetry, prose, and the TEI Header.  We will transform these advanced TEI documents into web pages, build a DIY digital edition, and then transform the TEI documents into corrected versions of themselves (pretending that we found coding errors which need to be corrected).  Finally, during the last classes of the course, we will all learn how to use one or two open-source Optical Character Recognition engines in order to transform page images into textual data, the data that can then be used for TEI encoding and topic modeling.
Course dates and the schedule of topics, plus registration information are available at
Pre-Registration required: registration closes at noon on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Certificate and Non-Certificate Registration Options:
Certificate registrants receive certificates confirming they have a working knowledge of topic modeling, TEI, XSLT, and Optical Character Recognition. Registration includes access to all class videos during the course period and an oXygen license.
Non-Certificate registrants receive access to class videos for one week after the class.
For additional information, email


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