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Susan Hockey, 2-16 Jul 2018

MS. 15797 digital 11

(item 1) born digital audio of track 1 of interview with Susan Hockey, former Director of the department of Information Studies, University College London. Interview conducted by Georgina Ferry, 2 Jul 2018. Running time 1:02:06, topics include:
  1. (00:01:18) first interest in computing, schooling and undergraduate at University of Oxford, switching courses to Oriental Studies
  2. (00:03:38) gender split in Classics department at University of Oxford
  3. (00:04:00) gender split in studying languages at Oxford
  4. (00:04:44) post-degree career choices
  5. (00:05:30) meeting Professor Alan Jones, Professor of Arabic and working in the Atlas Computer Lab
  6. (00:07:25) programming languages used in the Atlas Lab
  7. (00:08:10) COCOA text analysis system, use of computers for linguistic analysis, projects of Alan Jones
  8. (00:10:55) experimenting with Egyptian transcription, other languages worked with
  9. (00:12:39) early digital humanities community, 1970
  10. (00:13:26) formation of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing
  11. (00:14:23) the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisation
  12. (00:15:18) working at Atlas Lab, female colleagues
  13. (00:17:30) use of Research Council for digital humanities work
  14. (00:18:59) moving to the Oxford Computing Service to teach computing in the arts, Feb 1975
  15. (00:21:00) designing courses for computing and humanities
  16. (00:23:57) the Computer Board funding body, the evolution and distribution of the Oxford Concordance Program (OCP)
  17. (00:26:45) setting up Optical Character Recognition services
  18. (00:29:36) involvement in international projects
  19. (00:30:24) Text Encoding Initiative projects
  20. (00:35:32) management of digital humanities
  21. (00:36:39) structure of the Oxford Computing Service
  22. (00:39:48) writing funding proposals
  23. (00:42:42) moving to New Jersey to work for the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities
  24. (00:44:41) running the Summer Institute in digital humanities at Princeton University
  25. (00:46:23) working on The Orlando Project [biography of women writers] at the University of Alberta, Canada and teaching
  26. (00:48:15) returning to England, working for University College London, designing and teaching an XML course, teaching modules
  27. (00:51:19) Encoded Archival Description, working with archivists
  28. (00:53:10) becoming head of the department of Information Studies at UCL
  29. (00:54:05) graduate library trainees at UCL
  30. (00:54:58) retirement, 2004, contemporary digital humanities
  31. (01:00:19) gender split in Library and Information studies.
(item 2) born digital audio of interview track 2 of interview with Susan Hockey. Running time 00:01:20. Discussion continues from item 1, relating to gender split in computing profession.

(item 3) born digital transcript of interviews with Susan Hockey, transcribed 14 Jul 2018 and further updated 16 Jul 2018.


  • 2-16 Jul 2018


3 items

Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 15797 digital 11

Existence and Location of Copies

Access copies of audio available at University of Oxford podcasts.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom