(*not frequently asked yet, but questions we envisage being asked, frequently)

  • Where is Maynooth?
  • Maynooth is a small university town in County Kildare, Ireland, and home to the appropriately-named Maynooth University.

  • How do I get to Maynooth?
  • From Ireland, it really depends, but you should be able to work it out. From abroad, flying to Dublin is almost certainly the best option*. There are several buses from the airport to the city centre. From there, you can take a train from Connolly Station, or the 66 or 67 bus.

*If you are travelling from London or elsewhere in the UK, Irish Ferries has a very cheap Rail > Sail option. It takes about eight hours from London, but costs around €40 and you can kick back and relax on the boat.

  • Where can I stay in Maynooth?
  • Unfortunately, not many places, unless you fancy the Glenroyal Hotel (€115 per night).

But we have arranged accommodation in the student halls: these are ensuite rooms contained in small apartments with a shared kitchen (cost €39 per night). Once places on the course are confirmed, we will send an email asking whether you wish to take one of these rooms, and for which dates.

Alternatively, you could stay in Dublin, which is about 40 minutes journey by train or bus.

  • What is the weather likely to be in Maynooth?
  • Notoriously unpredictable. I was asked after my first week in Ireland whether I’d enjoyed all four seasons. I had, though ‘enjoy’ was perhaps the wrong verb. Expect temperatures between 12° and 20°C. Expect it to be raining heavily, with outbreaks of beautiful sunshine. Or beautiful sunshine with outbreaks of heavy rain.

  • Is it free?
  • Yes

  • Are there bursaries on offer?
  • Unfortunately not, but the course is free.

  • Do you need to be an XML ninja to do this course?
  • Not quite. It is definitely not a beginners course, though. You’ll need a good grounding in TEI/XML and an understanding of XPath. XSLT would be extremely useful, as would some basic XQuery. Any other programming experience is a plus, but not necessary.

  • Do I need to take the refresher course?
  • No. Though depending on how confident you feel, it might be useful to brush up your skills.

  • What should I do if I’m not a DiXiT or DAH student?
  • There will hopefully be four or five places available for other students.

  • Do I definitely need to bring a laptop?
  • Yes. The computers in Maynooth do not have eXist installed.

  • What kind of plugs do they use in Ireland?
  • The same as the UK. (Three square-ish prongs.)

  • What is all this ‘working in groups’ about?
  • Perhaps it’s slightly experimental… We wanted a slightly different approach to the usual summer schools where you have a string of lecturers who all bring their own examples, which you then have to relate all over again to the material you’re working with. Instead, we wanted the course to focus from start to finish on the same TEI/XML data, ending with a completed mini-edition. Speaking of which…

  • Do I have to bring some encoded data?
  • Not necessarily. Though if you have some good ideas, please bring them. The main idea is to work on some ‘real world’ documents throughout, rather than a couple of arbitrary examples. And also, you might be more familiar with your own data. Genetic encodings of Beckett brought entirely at your own risk.

  • Is the course really eight days long?
  • Yes and no. The refresher course is on the 29th and 31st August (i.e. the Sunday is a free day), and we plan to keep the Wednesday afternoon free to stop people’s brains melting.

  • Is this website running on eXist-DB?
  • That would be overkill. This website is built using a nifty little Ruby-based static site generator called Jekyll.

  • What if I’m not a Guinness fan?
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPOb3DlB7WA