Call for applications: Summer School in eXist-db and XQuery for Humanists, June 15-19, 2020

9 Feb 2020 - 00:00
  • When: June 15-19, 2020
  • Where: Lyon, France (university and research system)
  • Application deadline: February 9, 2020
  • Acceptances sent: February 17, 2020

Why this summer school?

In the last two decades, historians, archaeologists, and philologists of ancient, medieval, and early modern societies have profited from XML-technologies to encode and store their corpora and data sets. However, most of this work has occurred at the level of individual XML files, with analysis, publication, and display generated through non-XML technologies (PHP, Python, etc.), often depending on other specialist programmers. Due to a lack of training opportunities, digital humanists have not been able to leverage their XML skills into advanced query methods and applications.

This XQuery and eXist-db week-long intensive is offered to humanists from all countries who want to capitalize on their existing knowledge of XML and XPATH in order to develop their own XML databases and applications. By the end of this free, 5-day intensive course, the attendees will be able to use XQuery and eXist-db to:

  • query and transform large corpora and datasets:
  • develop XML applications
  • publish documents and data to the Web
  • make data available through APIs
  • and communicate with system administrators about XML database and application implementation

This training is free and will be offered in English. It is open to graduates, post-Docs, professors and researchers with experience in XML, XPATH and web technologies.

Download the PDF flyer from the course Github for full course details and information on applying.


  • Jean-Paul Rehr, Université Lyon II/CIHAM

Advisory committee

  • Marjorie Burghart, CNRS/CIHAM
  • Emmanuelle Morlock, CNRS/HiSoMA


  • Mathias Göbel, Göttingen University
  • Michelle Weidling, Göttingen University

Guest speakers

  • Emmanuelle Morlock, CNRS/HiSoMA, on TEIPublisher for eXist-db
  • Nicolas Larrousse, Huma-Num, on long-term data planning and co-ordinating implementations with system administrators
  • Peter Stokes, École Pratique des Hautes Études/Sorbonne on IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) and XQuery