University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Summer Research Laboratory


Slavic Digital Text Workshop 2006

Rm 509
ACES Library for Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
1101 S. Goodwin Avenue

4 long blocks south-east of Illini Union
(location on campus map)

For the past two years a four-day Slavic Digital Text Workshop has been offered under the aegis of UIUC's Summer Research Lab on Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. For details see the 2004 and 2005 programs. This year we are offering an abbreviated one-day version, to be held on Thursday, June 15.

During this one-day workshop, scholars and librarians will receive a brief introduction to some of the basic techniques that underpin the application of technology to humanities scholarship. In order to understand more about the research potential of digital approaches, students will learn about (1) Document analysis and DTD or schema design, (2) XML markup or encoding, and (3) web publication techniques using XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations). Each presentation will be followed by a brief hands-on segment during which students will work with a sample text using a popular software package known as <oXygen/>. Session 4 will include two special demonstrations on (a) publishing TEI encoded texts using custom-built software, and (b) harvesting records with standardized XML metadata from multiple data providers for use by aggregated search services.

Prof. David J. Birnbaum (U. Pittsburgh) will again serve as main workshop presenter

Chair: Patricia Hswe (UIUC Slavic Digital Humanities Fellow)

Workshop registration: please contact

Workshop fee: $25, payable at the door (includes optional evening reception)




Coffee and pastries in the Morgan Room, First floor


XML Document Analysis


BREAK: coffee in the Morgan Room


XML Encoding


LUNCH on your own

1.30-3.30 XML Publishing

BREAK: coffee in the Cafe, First floor



1. Amit Kumar (Instructional technology developer, UIUC)

"TEI-Publisher Software: a Demonstration"

2. Muriel Foulonneau (Visiting project coordinator CIC-OAI metadata portal)

"The Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting: an Opportunity for Sharing Content in a Distributed Environment"






Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Third floor, Main Library

1408 W. Gregory Drive
3 long blocks south-east of Illini Union

(location on campus map)

"East European Book Arts & Culture at UIUC: Special Collections"

Welcome: Valerie Hotchkiss, Head of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, UIUC

Chair: Larry Miller, Senior Slavic Bibliographer, UIUC
1. Marek Sroka, Central European Studies Librarian, UIUC
Czechoslovak Book Design, 1920s-1930s (Israel Perlstein Collection)
2. Patricia Hswe, CLIR Slavic Digital Humanities Fellow, UIUC
Czech & Slovak Posters, 1920-1991 (Stanley B. Winters Collection)
3. Oana Popescu-Sandu, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Comparative Literature, UIUC
Romanian Literature & Politics in the 1990s (Andrei Codrescu Collection)


Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Third floor, Main Library


East European music provided by members of the Balkanalia Ensemble (Director: Donna Buchanan)

The workshop will take place in conjunction with a larger international conference on:

Book Arts, Culture and Media in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia:

From Print to Digital

2006 Fisher Forum

June 17-18, 2006

For details, see