Call for Participants: Digital Mitford Coding School, June 27 – July 1, 2017

Update: Online Registration is now active!
Coding School Schedule: We are in session for full days from Wed. June 28 through Fri. June 30. (Arrivals June 27; Departures July 1.)
Please send e-mail of interest to me at ebb8 at, ideally by 21 April: See our post on the Digital Mitford project blog for details.

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We invite you to join members of the Digital Mitford project team from Wed. June 28 through Friday June 30, 2017 for the Fifth Annual Workshop Series and Coding School, hosted by the Pitt-Greensburg’s Center for the Digital Text. E-mail your interest by Monday April 3; and send registration fee (described below) by Monday May 15.

As featured on its public website,, the Digital Mitford project has two major purposes:

  1. to produce the first comprehensive scholarly edition of the works and letters of Mary Russell Mitford, and
  2. to share knowledge of TEI XML and related humanities computing practices with all serious scholars interested in contributing to the project.

Our editing team meets face-to-face to brush up on project methods and make major decisions, and we invite participants and prospective new editors to learn our methods and think with us about project management challenges during the Coding School…

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Digital Mitford Coding School, June 25-27, 2016

We invite you to join members of the Digital Mitford project team from Saturday June 25 through Monday June 27, 2016 for the Fourth Annual Workshop Series and Coding School, hosted by the newly est…

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from 900 to 1425 xml:ids: A Mitfordian milestone

The Digital Mitford team coordinated a massive effort last fall to complete a burst of coding, in particular to finish up transcriptions of assigned letters and to research and develop new prosopog…

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Presentation for the Digital Diversity Conference, 9 May 2015

Our Prezi for the Digital Diversity Conference in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Here’s a link to our our Prezi presentation for our Digital Mitford panel at the Digital Diversity Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, for 9 May 2015. This conference celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Orlando Project and the Women Writers Project, and it was wonderful for us to be invited to propose and give a panel on the Mitford project here!

Elizabeth Raisanen, Lisa Wilson, and I will co-present, and Elizabeth’s task is to introduce us by discussing how our project responds to the history of digital archives and databases on women authors. Lisa and I will discuss our project, workflow, and training methods, and show some of our data visualizations–our co-occurrence networks and mapping experiments thus far.snipviewPrezi

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The Digital Mitford Coding School, May 27 – 31, 2015 at Pitt-Greensburg: Our Third Annual Workshop

Just posted on the Digital Mitford blog: Please join us for our Digital Mitford Coding School at the end of May 2015!

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We call for participants and prospective new editors to join us from Wed. May 27 through Sunday May 31, 2015  for the Third Annual Workshop Series (or Coding School) of the Digital Mitford: the Mary Russell Mitford Archive, at Please join us if you want to learn text encoding methods in Digital Humanities through hands-on participation in a large-scale digital archive project now well underway. We are happy to teach what we know and are learning, and to orient you to coding with hands-on experience on our active project as part of our end-of-May three-day workshop series.  Our workshops are held at the lovely Pitt-Greensburg campus ( during the last week of May 2015. We expect people to arrive on  Wednesday May 27 and depart on Sunday. May 31, with our workshops running during the days from Thursday morning May 28 through Saturday evening May 30.


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A Rare Photo, and New Network Graphs of Mitford’s Reading

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Greg has discovered a photograph of Mary Russell Mitford in the Reading Central Library Catalog! The photo was taken by Henry Fox Talbot, and is one of a kind of early photo that he invented called  a “Talbotype”, roughly contemporary with the daguerrotype. The Talbotype is apparently undated, but it must be from the 1840s or 50s, since Talbot pioneered his photographic method in 1841. We’ve added it to our little carousel of Mitford images on the Digital Mitford project site.


I have also been working on network analysis from 88 coded letters and literary texts that are established enough for us to coordinate data on Mitord’s social network and her many and frequent references to titles–of books, periodicals, and works of art. Here are some preliminary views:




Please visit our project site page on Mitford’s People, Places, and Networks for a discussion of the graphs, and what we’re currently…

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The Digital Mitford’s Guide to 19th-Century British Postmarks, and How To Code Them in TEI

Sharing from our Digital Mitford Project Blog–a very helpful annotated guide to TEI encoding of the more challenging aspects of 19th-c. manuscript letters.

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Here is a colorful, annotated series of powerpoint slides prepared by Greg Bondar, working from my notes on TEI coding, our photos of letters from the Reading Central Library (posted with their permission), and information from the canonical reference tome, Alcock and Holland’s The Postmarks of Great Britain and Ireland. (You really need to borrow the print book from a library-not enough of it is available online.) This should help us with identifying and encoding some of the more challenging aspects of 19th-century mansucript letters! Thanks, Greg!

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