Early Modern Exchanges


IT for Graduate Research

Wires, UCL, IT for graduates

Code: EDITG002
Value: 15 credits
Tutor: Dr Matthew Symonds
Time & Location: Fridays, 2-4pm, term 1. Use UCL 'Custom Timetable' to check rooms

This module introduces students to digital resources and technologies used in early modern archival research: relational databases and XML are given particular weight.

These technologies are taught within the context of particular research projects being carried out at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, emphasizing a practical, problem-oriented approach to exploring the “digital humanities” that is immediately relevant to students with arts and humanities backgrounds.

Assessment: One 3-hour ‘takeaway’ examination (100%). Students will be expected to transcribe and mark up an unseen manuscript letter – taken from archival collections in the British Library – in XML, in accordance with an XML schema taught on the course. Students will be given seven days to submit their XML encoded transcriptions electronically, via the course’s Moodle site as either a .txt or .xml file.

Coursework should be submitted via the Moodle course, and according to the deadlines set out therein.