All days are too short! Fortunately, more days are to come. So good night, Day of DH! And, as this is a multilingual Day of DH: Buenas noches – Boa noite – Bonne nuit – God natt – Gute Nacht!
Now on to something more positive! In Würzburg, ordering books from other libraries is free (in Cologne, it’s 1,50 EUR per book). I ordered three books about a week ago and they just arrived – three volumes of “La república de las letras. Asomos a la cultura escrita del México decimonónico” edited by Belém Clark de Lara:
- Ambientes, asociaciones y grupos
- Galería de escritores
- Publicaciones periódicas y otros impresos
So now I’ll go and get them, ride to the little Würzburg-room by bike, go for a run through the vineyards and then open those books later on!
Three years ago I became a member of the IDE, the Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing. They said, you have to bring along a certain willingness to “(ab)use yourself (up)”. Is this related to scholarship? To Digital Humanities? Just to the IDE? Leaving this open, where are they this year? So far, I have found Franz Fischer, Patrick Sahle and Torsten Schassan.
On every day of all those everyday DH days, the TEI seems to be there… currently, I face three of its many faces:
- In the “Papyrus Project”, the digital reworking of the Cologne papyrus collection, it shows how sophisticated a TEI header can be when including manuscript descriptions for mostly fragmented papyri often bearing several different texts
- In the “Pessoa Project”, it shows how sophisticated a TEI body can be when representing handwritten sketches and lists with marginal notes, additions, substitutions, deletions, omissions, …
- In the “Computational Literary Genre Stylistics Group”, it shows how it can serve as a base format to hold essential metadata and a simple text structure, to be used in other (text based) formats with other tools
I have the impression that the more simple and straightforward you want the encoding to be, the more tricky it gets because of the many decisions to be made!
The last and first time I participated in the “Day of DH” was in 2012. How time flies. Some things have changed since then. Last year, I applied for the Junior Research Group “Computational Literary Genre Stylistics” led by Christof Schöch. Today, we are participating in the Day of DH as a group, as well! See the CLiGS blog. This is my opportunity to (1) do/receive my PhD and (2) to amplify, shift or narrow my focus from “general DH” to “Romance DH”. I would like to see it as both amplifying and narrowing.
At the same time, I am still working at the Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH), conducting digital projects in cooperation with the Northrine-Wesfalian Academy of Science and the Arts, trying to pass on experience and responsibilities.
Another “new” project which I am very happy about is a cooperation with the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in person with Pedro Sepúlveda, aimed at the creation of a digital edition of Fernando Pessoa’s work and publication plans. The time frame for this project is rather short and funds are limited, but motivation is high and we plan to launch the digital edition this summer/autumn.
Now I would like to have a look who else is around, for example, which members of the Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE)?
And then stop to palaver and get some work done!