Author: Manfred Thaller

On Hermeneutics and Computing

Is there a conceptualization of “the hermeneutic method”, which can be directly supported by computational tools? [ A slightly reformatted pdf of this post for printing is available here  ] Hermeneutics and the Digital Humanities are frequently seen as opposites. This became particularly clear a few years ago, when the…

On vagueness and uncertainty in historical data

Historians face a specific challenge: they need to derive conclusions from evidence which is always incomplete, contradictory and anything but precise. Historical information systems and software systems used for their implementation must therefore be based upon a model of information which reflects these properties of the available sources. To clarify:…

On Information in Historical Sources

[ Track I-1 of this “blog”; see “read me first” for the description of tracks. ] [ Warning: This is published as a blog; it obviously avoids the recommendation of restricting posts to 600 words or less. While I consider the form of a blog convenient to share developing ideas…
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