Digital Humanities

In the fall of 2014, I completed an independent study and internship at Texas A&M, working on the site DEx: A Database of Dramatic Extracts. As a part of my independent study, I took a certification class at Texas A&M called Programming for Humanists, through A&M’s Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture. This course gave be a basic introduction into HTML coding and XML software, including an overview of Oxygen XML editing software. In the end, I received a certificate in Digital Humanities.

I worked for DEx from September 2014 to June 2016. My main task has been to encode Early Modern manuscripts (i.e. Shakespeare, Jonson, Shirley). These manuscripts are typically compilations of notes and lines written down by playgoers.  My job is to use Oxygen software to create a digital version of each manuscript page. I then compare the original text to the most modern available version, and tag the text so it is searchable and can be displayed as original or modern text. In order to learn how to do this, I had to study a specific XML markup language known as the Text Encoding Initiative or TEI. TEI is used particularly for marking up and preserving digital texts.

I have also received paleography training, as part of my job includes transcribing and proofreading these Early Modern manuscripts. This has taught me to have patience, and has allowed me to develop a keen sense of attention to detail.

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