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2 Mar 2012

Into the Electronic Reading Room: Stewarding Digital Scholarly Editions

By | 2017-02-05T21:14:44+00:00 Fri, Mar 2, 2012|Community, Research|

The "editor-narrator" of an electronic text "must also become an editor-narrator-librarian of the fluid text 'reading room' wherein all full texts of all versions of a work are stored…Editors need to create a text lab [that]…would allow users to search texts, collate versions, assemble variants, craft concordances, and make editions." --John Bryant, The Fluid Text:

2 Mar 2012

Chasing the Great Data Whale

By | 2017-02-05T21:14:44+00:00 Fri, Mar 2, 2012|Community, Research, Winnemore Fellows|

The first thing you hear, or at least that you should hear, when you present an idea for a digital humanities project to someone already familiar with the field is this: "That's great! [pause]  What does your data set look like?" Actually, that's the reaction you'll get if whoever you're talking to is taking you

20 Feb 2012

Open Water

By | 2012-02-20T12:41:28+00:00 Mon, Feb 20, 2012|Faculty Fellows, Research|

It's been an interesting couple of weeks at the Foreign Literatures in America project, as we've really begun to set sail as concerns both the Russian literary reception archive and the Modern British literary archive. Though the projects are large, and seem to increase further and further with excitement as we delve further into them,

30 Jan 2012


By | 2017-02-05T21:14:51+00:00 Mon, Jan 30, 2012|Faculty Fellows, Research|

I ended my last blog entry with the suggestion that one possible virtue of virtuality might be that a digital archive inverts the book's relationship between word and image (in the case of Black Gotham, portraits of people as well as depictions of places—maps, streets, buildings, etc.).  "In my book," I wrote, "word was the

12 Jan 2012

BitCurator is Designing Curation Tools for Use

By | 2016-03-07T19:27:03+00:00 Thu, Jan 12, 2012|Research|

Over the weekend, Matt Kirschenbaum and I traveled to UNC Chapel Hill in order to meet with the BitCurator Development Advisory Group (DAG). By design, our meeting with the DAG coincided with Curate Gear, a UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Sciences sponsored conference designed to bring together scholars, software developers, and archivists

9 Jan 2012

Reinventing the Boundaries of American Literature

By | 2017-02-05T21:14:55+00:00 Mon, Jan 9, 2012|Community, Faculty Fellows, Research|

I began my career as a graduate student in literature knowing that, with how literary studies stand now, I would have to choose for my focus between my two great fascinations: 19th-century Russian and 20th-century American literature. The former seemed pre-destined to remain a hobby or a neglected interest. But thanks to the inventiveness of

3 Jan 2012

MITH’s Associate Director in The New York Times

By | 2012-01-03T11:50:17+00:00 Tue, Jan 3, 2012|Community, Research|

For those who might have missed it during the vacation, The New York Times ran a long article about Matt Kirschenbaum’s research for his upcoming book, “Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing,” set to be published by Harvard University Press in 2013. Congratulations Matt!

3 Jan 2012

New Output

By | 2017-02-05T21:14:55+00:00 Tue, Jan 3, 2012|Faculty Fellows, Research|

Only spammers seem to be noticing this blog, but for web-trolling software that might be interested in digital humanities and philology I thought I might add that I have updated the sample output from Collatex. collatex-table-apparatus.html shows output from user-specified witnesses in the form of (1) an alignment table based on user-specified order, (2) an

2 Jan 2012

Report: Workshop on Tools for Digital Scholarly Editions (Cologne, Germany)

By | 2017-02-05T21:14:56+00:00 Mon, Jan 2, 2012|Community, News, Research|

Link to the Event On Monday, November 28th and Tuesday, November 29th, Dave Lester (Creative Lead for MITH) and I (Web Developer for MITH) attended the Institute fuer Dokumentologie and Editorik (I-D-E) workshop for Tools for Digital Scholarly Editions held at the University of Cologne, Germany. Alexander Czmiel from the University of Berlin and fellow for

23 Dec 2011

Beginning to Have Something to Show for It

By | 2017-02-05T21:14:56+00:00 Fri, Dec 23, 2011|Faculty Fellows, Research|

What I envision is parallel transcriptions of all witnesses to the text of the Mishnah (including citations in the Talmuds and the commentaries, although I have not encoded any of these yet). These transcriptions and their markup (they will be TEI compliant) will pay greater attention to the mss. as artifacts than raw transcriptions of