Oxford Festival of Open Scholarship 6–17 March 2023 – conference programme now live and bookings open

Logo of the Oxford Festival of Open Scholarship 2023What in the world is going on with open access and open research? Come along and hear from an array of national and international speakers – and find out. It’s a great opportunity to explore and debate issues, and jointly look for solutions.

The varied programm will be of interest to researchers, postgraduates and research support staff.

Organised by the Bodleian Libraries, OxFOS will cover a range of topical sessions online, including:

Sessions range between half hour talks and two-hour workshops. Some events are public, and some are restricted to University of Oxford staff and students.

To learn more about OA with a bit of fun, two in-person events are on offer: Open Access Escape Room and Play the ‘Publishing Trap’ board game.

Photo of the board game Publishing trap.Visit the OxFOS webpage for the schedule information and to book sessions.

We hope to interest and inspire you!

Register now: Letters in the Digital Age interdisciplinary conference on 21st June

Speaking in Absence: Letters in the Digital Age (Conference, Tuesday 21 June 2016 / 9th week – Weston Library and Wolfson College, Oxford)

A conference hosted by Helen Brown (Hertford College / Oxford University Press), Michaela Crawley (Wolfson College / Oxford Centre for Life-Writing) and Olivia Thompson (Balliol College / Bodleian Libraries):

Registration for our conference is live, and closes at midnight on Monday 20 June (registration for dinner closes Thursday at midnight).

The conference is a one-day, interdisciplinary, student-led conversation on how we engage with handwritten letters in the digital age. We aim to explore the potential for collaboration between academics, librarians, technicians, editors, and publishers for the creation of mutual frameworks within which to use the digital as a means to supplement the analogue. We have chosen correspondence as a vehicle for this exploration because in the age of social media, its nature raises immediate and intriguing questions about the progression from material object to digital resource.

Speaking in Absence final poster 2 Daytime activities at the Weston Library will include:

  • an opening lecture on editing letters by Christopher Ricks (Boston University),
  • panel discussion with the leaders of pioneering digital editing projects (Robert McNamee, Electronic Enlightenment; Alison Pearn, Darwin Correspondence Project; Howard Hotson, Cultures of Knowledge)
  • demonstration of the process of digitizing letters by Miranda Lewis (Digital Editor, Early Modern Letters Online),
  • visual tour of correspondence in the Bodleian collections led by Special Collections curators,
  • panel on publishing with representatives from Oxford University Press and Blackwell’s.

From the Weston Library, delegates will then proceed to Wolfson College for a further panel discussion with writers and directors of projects based on the letters of Gertrude Bell, Dorothy Hodgkin and Ada Lovelace, and Letters 1916, a crowdsourced local history project in Ireland; and drinks reception with research posters by postgraduate students.

The conference is organised by students as part of the TORCH-OCLW annual postgraduate conference competition, and is additionally sponsored by the Bodleian Libraries and Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute.

The conference fee (£45 / limited number of subsidised undergraduate places at £20) includes refreshments throughout the day (breakfast, lunch, two coffee breaks, drinks reception). The conference dinner (£30) must be booked separately. For the full programme and instructions on registration options, please click here: http://www.e-pistolary.net/speaking-in-absence/programme

If you have any questions please contact olivia.thompson@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Call for papers: “Revolutionizing Early Modern Studies”? Conference: EEBO-TCP 2012

“Revolutionizing Early Modern Studies”?

The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership in 2012
University of Oxford
17-18 September 2012

To mark a decade of the Text Creation Partnership (TCP)’s work at the Bodleian Libraries, producing searchable, full-text transcriptions of works in Early English Books Online (EEBO), we invite proposals for research papers and posters reflecting the various ways in which TCP texts are being used.

Is EEBO-TCP revolutionizing research and teaching in early modern studies? What features would be desirable but are not yet available? What improvements could be made in the decade to come?

The TCP is a collaboration between the University of Oxford, the University of Michigan and ProQuest. It is funded internationally by a consortium of partner institutions, and in the UK through JISC Collections. TCP editions power full-text searching of ProQuest’s EEBO database, and contribute to many other projects’ work.

To date, the TCP has produced over 40,000 full-text XML editions of books printed between 1473 and 1700. Phase I produced over 25,000 texts, and Phase II, currently underway, will complete the corpus of about 70,000 unique titles in English.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr John Lavagnino, King’s College London
  • Dr Emma Smith, University of Oxford

For people interested in using TCP texts for research, one-to-one text clinic sessions are available.

We welcome proposals for papers and posters on:

Research based on EEBO-TCP
Methodologies in teaching
Text editing
Emerging trends influenced by EEBO-TCP’s availability
Potential for future research

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be a maximum of 500 words, and for posters, 250 words.

Deadline for proposals is 21 May 2012.

More information on the EEBO TCP blog.

Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School

The Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School (DHOXSS) 2012 is scheduled for the first week of July!

From the 2nd – 6th of July 2012 DHOXSS delegates visiting the University of Oxford, UK, will be introduced to a range of topics suitable for researchers, project managers, research assistants, and students who are interested in the creation, management, or publication of digital data in the humanities.

Delegates will follow one of our 5 day workshops on:

  •   An Introduction to XML and the Text Encoding Initiative
  •   Working with TEI Texts (Advanced)
  •   An Introduction to Digital Humanities Tools and Approaches
  •   A Humanities Web of Data: Publishing, Linking, Querying and Visualisation on the Semantic Web

Each day will also contain plenary guest lectures by experts in their fields, plus a number of sessions on a wide variety of Digital Humanities topics. There will  be morning surgery sessions to discuss projects and possibilities with tutors. The summer school is a collaboration for Digital.Humanities@Oxford between Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS), Oxford e-Research Centre (OERC), with the assistance of the Humanities Division, the Bodleian Library, the Oxford Internet Institute, and e-Research South.

The Summer School will be located at Merton College, OUCS, and the OeRC, all of which situated in the centre of the city of Oxford, UK.

Booking for this event will open in April 2012 and more information can be found at: http://digital.humanities.ox.ac.uk/dhoxss/ including a general outline of the schedule, workshop descriptions, and registration fees. Further information will be published there as it becomes available. If you have additional enquiries, contact courses@oucs.ox.ac.uk in the first instance.

Some updates will also be posted via the twitter account: @dhoxss (@DH_Oxford and @OxHumanities might also be of interest). There is also a lanyrd site at: http://lanyrd.com/2012/dhoxss.

WISER sessions next week on finding stuff

Bodleian Libraries will be running the following classes during week 6:

WISER: Finding stuff – Books etc on SOLO (Wednesday 22 February 2.00-2.45) – Ashort 45 minute session introducing tips and techniques for searching SOLO for books, journals and other materials in Oxford Libraries. We will cover both basic and advanced search techniques and also look at placing hold requests for items in the book stacks and some of SOLO’s personalised features such as the e-shelf and saved searches. The session will take place at Oxford University Computing Services – please book your place online.

WISER: Finding stuff – Journal Articles (Wednesday 22 February 2.45-4.00) This session will focus on using bibliographical tools and indexes to find high quality papers in your research area.  We will look at how to find reliable bibliographical databases in your subject and how to search them effectively to optimize your results. The session will take just over an hour and will include time for you to practice. Please book your place online.

WISER:Finding Stuff – Conferences (Wednesday 22 February 4.00-5.00) – Finding past conference papers and proceedings and keeping up with forthcoming conferences in your research area are important skills for all researchers but can be quite tricky. Next week’s 1 hour workshop on finding conferences will start by looking at where to find forthcoming conference announcements and how to keep up with them and will then move on to look at ways of tracking down elusive conference papers. Please book your place online.

Keep up to date with WISER – Why not follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oxwiser or visit the BodWiser blog at http://bodwiser.wordpress.com. You can also check the timetable on the WISER web site at http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops or join our mailing list by sending an empty email to wiser-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk

Not a member of Oxford University? – If you are not a current member of Oxford University but would like to attend a workshop please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Please quote your Bodleian readers card barcode number.

If you have any questions please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Conference 22-24 March 2012: How the secularization of religious houses transformed the libraries of Europe, 16th-19th Centuries

How the secularization of religious houses transformed the libraries of Europe, 16th-19th centuries

Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Libraries

Conference at St Anne’s College, Oxford, 22-24 March 2012

Convenors: Richard Sharpe (Oxford); Cristina Dondi (Oxford); Dorit Raines (Venice)

What impact did the closure of monasteries and the dispersal of their collections have on the shape of libraries, access to libraries, and the preservation or otherwise of books from the past — the intellectual heritage of Europe?


  • Monastic collections and the foundation of national libraries
  • Dispersal of collections and new reading publics
  • Effects on the market for early books and manuscripts

This 3-day conference also examines the historical and bibliographic tools that are available to address these questions, with speakers from 14 countries.

See the conference page for the full list of speakers and themes.

Register via the Bodleian’s Centre for the Study of the Book website.