Representing and exploring negotiated texts: Quill platform workshop

Quill ( is a platform for the study of negotiated texts, developed by Dr Nicholas Cole (Pembroke College) and Alfie Abdul-Rahman (Oxford e-Research Centre). We focus especially on the creation of constitutions, treaties, and legislation.

The Quill platform is designed to make it easier to understand the contexts in which decisions are made, the relationship between documents, and the influence of individuals and delegations within a formal process of negotiation.

This half-day workshop is aimed at those whose research involved the study of parliamentary or quasi-parliamentary processes and the records that they produce. It will be an opportunity to discuss the design of the platform and the ways in which it could be used for future research projects.

The workshop will guide participants through the range of tools that the Quill platform provides, including the data-entry interfaces. Users who might wish to bring their own datasets are requested to contact in advance to discuss the suitability of their material for the Quill platform. Otherwise, the workshop will use records provided by the UN on the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to guide users through the process of using the editorial and data-entry tools provided by the Quill Platform.


  • To provide participants with experience using the Quill tools for exploring existing datasets.
  • To give participants an overview of and some experience with the Quill data-entry methodology and tools.
  • To help participants understand the kinds of dataset for which the Quill platform is useful and an opportunity to discuss with them potential future uses.

Participants are requested to bring a laptop to use during the workshop. If you do not have access to a laptop, please let us know beforehand.

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