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University of Nottingham

Dr Hugh Houghton last week gave the keynote lecture at the inaugural Faculty of Arts Digital Day run by the Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Nottingham. 

The event, the first of its kind at Nottingham, was hosted in the Centre for Advanced Studies in Highfield House. After introductions from two pro-vice-chancellors, participants attended papers on Nottingham's Digital Research Environment Strategy and its fund for Digital Equipment. There were then a variety of hands-on workshops, including presentations of handwriting recognition software and tools, eye-tracking technology, virtual reality headsets and laser scanning. Projects presented included an audio presentation of the Second World War, an anti-slavery project, Caistor Roman Town, the city of Jerusalem, Chinese language teaching, and English place-names. 

Dr Houghton's lecture was entitled "Challenges and Opportunities in Digital Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing." He presented a number of recent projects at ITSEE, introduced the workflow and tools used to edit the Greek New Testament Editio Critica Maior, and reflected on how the adoption of digital environments had changed the task and the arena of editing. The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session, including discussions of copyright and crowd-sourcing.