Digital Scholarship and ORA Drop-ins and Coffee Afternoons, Michaelmas Term

Drop-in surgeries and coffee afternoons will be held on Mondays in term-time in the Weston Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship and Visiting Scholars’ Centre (map) and are open to any member of the University. You don’t need an appointment—just come along!

Digital Projects Drop-in Surgeries

Are you thinking of developing a digital project using library collections? Do you have questions about getting it funded, what approach to take, or what might be possible?

During Trinity term we will be holding drop-in surgeries again in the Weston Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship where we can discuss or advise you one-to-one. We are delighted to be joined by colleagues from the IT Services Research Support team who bring their expertise and perspective to your questions about research and study.

ORA Drop-in Surgeries

Do you want to know more about depositing your work or searching the Oxford University Research and Data Archives (ORA and ORA Data)?

Colleagues from Bodleian Digital Library will be on hand to answer your questions and offer advice.

Digital Scholarship Coffee Afternoons

The Centre for the Study of the Book has kindly lent us the Visiting Scholars’ Centre to host Digital Coffee Afternoons. If you would like to meet and chat informally with other people interested in working in digital scholarship or with the Libraries’ digital or digitized collections, please come along!


10:00—11:30: ORA and ORA Data drop-ins
11:30—13:30: digital projects drop-ins
14:00—15:00: coffee afternoons in the Visiting Scholars’ Centre

  • Monday 10 October
  • Monday 17 October
  • Monday 24 October
  • Monday 31 October
  • Monday 7 November
  • Monday 14 November
  • Monday 21 November
  • Monday 28 November

Quill Project Public Launch Conference

Colleagues from the Faculty of History, the Oxford e-Research Centre, and Pembroke College are hosting a one-day conference to launch their Quill Project on 14 October 2016. Please note that registration (which is free) closes on 5 October 2016.

For more details and to register, please see the conference website.

Quill Project Public Launch 2016

The design and initial concept work was completed in academic year 2014-5.  Work in 2015-6 has built the editing tools and initial visualizations.

The public launch of the project will be at a one-day conference, held on 14th October, 2016 at Pembroke College, Oxford.  Besides the demonstration of the Quill platform, three panels will discuss the historical problems presented by the records of the Federal Convention, which were most recently the subject of Mary Bilder’s controversial book, Madison’s Hand.  More broadly, the conference and launch will be an opportunity to discuss recent scholarship on the Founding.

Further details of the programme will be published here when the list of speakers has been confirmed.

This launch will demonstrate the power and potential of the software platform as a scholarly and educational tool by publishing a reconstruction of the Convention’s processes using the (admittedly imperfect) published sources that are currently widely available.  Work in subsequent years will improve the quality of the material presented, as it becomes possible to revisit work on the manuscripts themselves.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from BYU and UVU, attendance for the day with lunch is free, with a charge if you would like to attend dinner.