Digital Editions, Digital Corpora and New Possibilities for the Humanities in the Academy and Beyond
A NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities
July 16 – 27, 2018
Tufts University,  Medford, MA

This institute will provide an opportunity for humanists to spend an intensive two weeks applying a range of new methods for annotating textual sources that transform both the audiences that such texts serve and the role that such texts play in the intellectual life of advanced researchers, students and the general public. The methods that we consider have the potential to affect every question that we can pose of the textual record.  Participants will learn how to use advanced methods and tools for working on digital editions and digital corpora of historical languages.  By the end of the institute, participants will have concrete experience applying all of these techniques not just to provided texts and corpora but to their own source material as well.

Participants will create projects that include both a data set, and traditional, expository prose. The prose may serve as the introduction to an edition of a small document or form part of a larger document. Examples of such prose include analysis of a stylistic or linguistic feature based on published linguistic annotations on an existing collection or a commentary that includes both (semi)-automatic machine actionable annotations and expository comments. Such a commentary, for example, may feature work with syntactic analysis, text reuse, named entity and co-reference identification, and indications of where one text quotes, paraphrases or cites another and also provide explanation of instances where machine actionable annotation was not obvious.

Instruction will feature a range of new methods including but not limited to the Canonical Text Service Protocols; linguistic annotation; named entity analysis; parallel text alignment; representation of text reuse; geographical annotations; ancient and modern language aligned translations; and machine actionable information about social and geospatial networks.

This Institute builds upon experiences from, and work subsequent to, “Working with Text in a Digital Age,” a 2012-2014 NEH-IATDH project and the on-line seminar, Sunoikisis Digital Classics. Co-directors are Monica Berti, University of Leipzig; Gregory Crane, Tufts University & University of Leipzig; Anke Lüdeling, Humboldt University.

This institute has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this site do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.