Call for Applications – Sponsored spots at DHSI CWRCshop 2016


Do you have a digital research project in mind or underway that will use the CWRC platform?  Would you appreciate having dedicated time to develop your project amidst friendly and helpful digital humanities scholars? Are you interested in learning more about making digital humanities tools a part of your research life and attending a week-long intensive course at a prestigious summer institute that includes lectures and social events and provides a great introduction to the digital humanities as a field and as a community? Do you have research assistants who would benefit from training in the use of CWRC? Would you like to connect with other CWRC researchers and others with digital projects?

The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory platform will officially launch at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Calgary, just 2 weeks before DHSI at the University of Victoria. Participants at the DHSI CWRCshop will be working with the revamped CWRC interface, and benefit from a suite of digital tools fully integrated into the repository, such as the CWRC-built XML/RDF editor and several visualization tools (i.e.Plot-It timeline and mapping, Magic Circle credit visualization, HuViz network visualization), as well as a bridge to the external Voyant tools.

The Canadian Writing and Research Collaboratory is excited to announce that we’re inviting applications for sponsored attendance at our CWRCshop at DHSI 2016. It consists of five days of intensive coursework, small-group seminars, lectures, and demonstrations by experts in the field of digital media, technologies, and cultures. DHSI 2016 will take place Monday, June 6th to Friday, June 17th, 2016 at the University of Victoria. The CWRC course, Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop) will run between June 13 and June 17. The two-weeks of courses are designed to allow people to make substantial progress towards the new Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities at University of Victoria.

Sponsored attendance means that we cover your tuition for the CWRCshop course (Early Registration | Student: $500.00; Early Registration | Non-Student: $950.00; Student: $800.00; Non-Student: $1250.00). You will need to cover travel and accommodation from another source.  Most DHSI attendees stay in University of Victoria housing (starting at $35/ night, including breakfast, for double occupancy) so costs can be kept reasonable. Also, even if we don’t have enough sponsored spots in our course for all who apply, until April 1 as a CWRC-affiliated researcher you or your students can register for any course at DHSI at roughly half of the regular tuition rate.

These sponsored places are open to anyone with a CWRC-related project. You do not have to have an established project with CWRC in order to apply. In fact we’re keen to bring in more projects. Feel free to distribute this call more broadly.

The CWRCshop

With CWRC you can create collections containing one or more of the following kinds of objects: bibliographical records, page and other images, audio records, video records, and born-digital texts. CWRC can be used to create focused collections of related research materials in a combination of forms (for instance, you could can have a combination of image files, text files, and sound files), biocritical scholarship such as that of the Orlando Project, timelines and more.. You can perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on page images to extract the text, and can create or edit digital texts, add semantic encoding, or tag people, places, texts and organizations so they link to other mentions of those entities across the collections.

You don’t need any background in text encoding or the digital humanities. The course will introduce the principles of metadata, structured data, interoperability, preservability, and collaboration that inform CWRC as a way of understanding how the platform works. Those who have more experience will be able to explore CWRC’s more advanced features and functionality.

The full DHSI description for the course is here (#29). Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions about what it will and won’t involve.


Check the DHSI website for more information about the institute, including speakers and events, but DO NOT attempt to register directly through the site. Once we have vetted the applications, we will complete the sponsored registration on your behalf, and you will receive an email confirmation from DHSI.


We will consider applications until all sponsored spots are allotted. Applications will be vetted by the CWRC Research Board.

Please fill in the application form to apply.

Tuition Scholarships:

The DHSI offers a number of tuition scholarships for attendees.  We would appreciate it if applicants for sponsored spots could also apply for a DHSI tuition scholarship (please see details at Scholarship and Bursary Applications).  If you receive a scholarship, we will be able to open up more spots to other applicants. Tuition scholarship can be used for any DHSI course. If you are affiliated to  Editing Modernisms in Canada, they offer tuition discounts for attendance at DHSI. For details, contact modernism-at-dal-dot-ca.

Travel funding:

Note that the Association for Computers and the Humanities offers travel bursaries to students to help with travel and lodging costs. Students can join the ACH by joining the Alliance for Digital Humanities at the new rate of $25 (foregoing the usual subscription to Literary and Linguistic Computing).

DHSI also offers, in conjunction with Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH), a number of travel bursaries meant to offset some travel and lodging costs for the members of the GO:: DH community.