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News related to MITH’s in-house, collaborative, or grant-funded research projects.

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

20 Dec 2011


By | 2017-02-05T21:14:57+00:00 Tue, Dec 20, 2011|Faculty Fellows, Research|

It might seem strange to be talking about "beginnings" just as the semester is winding down, but that's exactly where I'm at: taking my very first step toward setting up the Black Gotham Digital Archive. I had my first training session with Seth Denbo and Amanda Visconti last week, with Kirsten Keister joining us at

15 Dec 2011

BitCurator Team Convenes to Analyze Digital Forensics in Archival Workflows

By | 2017-02-05T21:14:58+00:00 Thu, Dec 15, 2011|News, Research|

This past weekend the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) hosted a two-day workshop for BitCurator, a collaboration between UNC Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and MITH. BitCurator is an effort to build, test, and analyze systems and software for incorporating digital forensics methods into the workflows of a

21 Nov 2011

What’s the Virtue of Virtuality?

By | 2017-02-05T21:14:58+00:00 Mon, Nov 21, 2011|Faculty Fellows, Research|

As is generally the case with things intellectual, progress on my digital archive has been quite slow. I have several "handlers" (as I call them) at MITH and they are all terrific. Kirsten Keister is responsible for the design of this website which I think is truly elegant—and she did it in record time. Emma

17 Nov 2011

Progress Involves Some Undoing

By | 2017-02-05T21:14:59+00:00 Thu, Nov 17, 2011|Faculty Fellows, Research|

Thanks to the input of Travis Brown, Assistant Director at MITH and the programmer working on this project, I am now revisiting the organization of the project and its constituent files. We are now working with a central text, that will be pre-tokenized [broken into discrete and uniquely identified units by word] to which all

8 Nov 2011


By | 2017-02-05T21:15:01+00:00 Tue, Nov 8, 2011|Faculty Fellows, Research|

As a professor in the humanities, I've spent a career committed to scholarly research. But I confess to having definite likes and dislikes. Here's what I like: going to the archives and rooting around looking at old documents, admiring early print fonts and deciphering barely legible handwriting; finding little scraps of paper with gold mines

27 Oct 2011

Videogames as Objects of Cultural Preservation

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:04+00:00 Thu, Oct 27, 2011|Research|

I've had the good fortune of being the graduate assistant for the Preserving Virtual Worlds (PVW) project for *mumble* years. The project is a partnership between MITH, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Stanford University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). In the first phase (2008-2010) we focused on fairly practical matters: getting videogame

20 Oct 2011

MITH Partners with UNC SILS on Digital Forensics Project

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:07+00:00 Thu, Oct 20, 2011|Community, News, Research|

CHAPEL HILL - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) has received a grant for $600,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a project that creates and analyzes systems for archivists, librarians and other information professionals to incorporate digital forensics methods. The BitCurator project will be

19 Oct 2011

Starting Out

By | 2017-02-05T21:15:07+00:00 Wed, Oct 19, 2011|Faculty Fellows, Research|

This blog describes my progress on a born-digital critical edition of the Mishnah. For the various audiences who might read this, let me break out the terms and discuss them further. Born-digital: An edition that uses or develops technology to record, store, present, search, analyze, and study textual material, rather than a static presentation of