Dr Carolin Odebrecht spent time at Benet's as part of the pan-European project on Distant Reading for European Literary History. An extract from her blog post is reproduced here:
'In the context of the COST Action Distant Reading, I applied for a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) in order to intensify the collaboration with Pieter Francois and Lou Burnard. The STSM focuses on fostering the intellectual access to the Action’s digital resource ‘European Literary Text Collection’ (ELTeC) which is a genuinely interdisciplinary topic and which I can only develop through intensive scientific exchange. Among other things, we dealt with TEI encoding schemas, metadata visualization and text display for ELTeC.
My host institution St. Benet's gave me a very warm welcome. This and the almost familiar atmosphere made it very easy for me to feel at home in Oxford. A special moment for me was the formal guest dinner. On this evening, I had the opportunity to talk to many members of St. Benet's about our scientific activities but also about the history of the college, the wonderful atmosphere and the experiences and future plans of the graduates and undergraduates.
During my stay, I was also able to get to know the wonderful old city of Oxford. For me, the STSM means that I was able to work intensively with colleagues on a specific task for our Action. An STSM is a unique opportunity to get deeper into topics and build new scientific networks.
I would like to thank COST, the Action Distant Reading and the University of Oxford, especially St. Benet's, for this great experience.'