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Paul Spence is a Senior Analyst for Humanities Computing at King's College London. He has a background in teaching and languages,
and graduated from King's with a first class degree in Spanish with Applied Computing in 2001. He began working in the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's in September of that year. His main research interests lie in textual markup/analysis and digital publication of
humanities data. He now manages the XML team at CCH, which deals with archiving and publishing the document-based components
of most CCH projects, and his responsibilities include information design, systems development and project management.
In close collaboration with Paul Vetch, he has recently developed an application called xMod which allows scholars to mark up documents in XML for analysis and archival purposes (using the widely accepted TEI standard) and then publish them digitally, using a highly modular approach. This tool is used to maintain a wide variety of web sites
created by CCH (including this site) and has the advantage that it separates three key processes in digital publication: content
markup, visual design and programming.
His main research interests are in the common space between computing and the humanities in general, and in particular computing
and Spanish and Latin American Studies.
As a student at King's College London, he carried out markup and performed analysis on the Exemplary Novel 'Rinconete y Cortadillo' by Miguel de Cervantes, using the text analysis program TACT and produced 'The pervasiveness of rules: a report on using
TACT with an electronic edition of 'Rinconete y Cortadillo'.
He also developed a markup scheme for the project 'Relics and Selves: Iconographies of the National in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, 1880-1890' (based at Birkbeck College, London) so that key data relating to articles on the cultural development of those three countries
at an important stage of their histories could be extracted for indices and search functions, functionality which forms a
crucial part of this virtual museum.
His personal website is at: