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The “Holy Grail” of Digital Humanists – Some Thoughts About “Understanding Data” (for Humanists)

As a reader of blog posts, you might be well aware how important role commentaries happening on blogs can play in the establishment of a specific scholarly discourses. Running parallel with more traditional forms of scholarly communication, blogging gives us unique possibilities to quick reflections, to rapid exchange, to give…

Haller ZeitRäume – a virtual museum

The Teutoburger Forest is rich on having myths and essays about Hermann the German. [i] According to history Hermann, in Latin called Arminius, has fought the battle of Varus against the Roman Empire successfully 9 years AD. [ii]  Because of the crushing defeat of three Roman legions the Empire has…

Starting a new project – Discovering its source material

At the beginning of this month, I started to work at the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA) where I have been hired to work on the DAHN project. The project, that I have already mentioned in my previous post, has two corpora: Letters and texts (already…

Epidemics and the issue of private knowledge

News revealed that there was a point during the spread of Covid-19 in Italy when there were not enough respirator valves for all the patients that required treatment. When the original manufacturer could not supply extra valves, volunteers developed improvised solutions. Cristian Fracassi and Alessandro Ramaioli made use of 3D…

How to delineate scientific disciplines without bibliographic databases?

The KIGS project aims at analysing communication patterns in research communities. This includes the identification of persons belonging to those communities. Accordingly, one task in the project is related to the prospect of field delineation. Approaches for an appropriate delineation can derive from within a discipline or they can be…

Thibault Cardon | CNRS, Université de Caen Normandie, CRAHAM – Centre Michel de Boüard – Social control through money: “camp monies”

The idea here is to link monetary forms and social status, as well as poverty reproduction through money. This supposes to set aside the fiction that money is only a means to exchange and call for studying the plurality of monies, monetary artefacts, numismatics. The materiality of money is not…

Can Atom replace oXygen?

Virtually anyone working with XML files in the context of the Digital Humanities, and especially in the context of scholarly digital editing, knows the oXygen XML editor. It is mature and packed with useful features, and yet every new version brings even more features and improvements. In fact, it is…

It’s about the science we do

My last blog post was written in German and published on one of my other blogs; it presents the results of a hackathon-like workshop given at the DHd conference in Paderborn at the beginning of March 2020. I tell about a dog no human eye had really noticed on an…

What’s next, Mr. Kamal Donko?

Kamal Donko, now BIGSAS alumnus, successfully defended his thesis on 24 January 2020. After his Master’s degree from University of Cologne and some time back in his home country Benin, he decided to move back to Germany and start a research on the “African frontier”. During his time in Bayreuth,…

Nollywood meets History: The Bronze artworks of the ancient Benin kingdom

The unfortunate historical invasion of the ancient Benin Kingdom and the theft of her bronze artworks in 1897 by Britain has become a core part of the history of ancient Benin Kingdom and indeed Nigeria’s colonial history. Effective from the 2009/2010 academic session, the teaching of history as an independent…

A fieldwork linguist’s guide to COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak took us all by surprise, even though the first case was reported on December 31st in the city of Wuhan in China. By March 25th, 2020, more than 416 916 cases of COVID-19 were reported worldwide in more than 150 countries. This means that essentially every country…

Encoding an XML Tree model for my corpus

I work on a project called “Digital edition of historical manuscripts” which aims to diffuse on a public platform multiple corpora that all have one thing in common: they are ego documents, which refer to personal writings, memoirs, correspondence and documents alike. My job, personally, is focused on one corpus,…

RhyAnT: A web-based tool for interactive rhyme annotation

In times where home office is an obligation rather than an option, I have finally found time to create a first draft version of a web-based tool for interactive rhyme annotation. The tool is written in plain JavaScript, without any additional libraries, and supports the inline rhyme annotation format which…

A Remedy to Cure all Ill’s

A Remedy to Cure all Ills If there is one thing in life people can agree on it is the magical medicinal properties of chicken soup. From sniffles to full blown flu this simple recipe is credited for helping alleviate many symptoms and is thought of as the ultimate cure…

Recipes and Remote Teaching, the EMROC Way

By Hillary Nunn Suddenly taking your class online? EMROC can help! Campus coronavirus responses are bringing huge unexpected changes to many classes, forcing us to think about ways of sharing knowledge across distances. We never planned it this way, but what a great opportunity for exploring how early modern people…

On Chinese Wikipedia biographies

In the last few months we tried to build a corpus based on the biographies of the Chinese Wikipedia. The reason for having such a corpus is that we can use it for future NLP experiments such as information extraction and we believe that Wikipedia is an ideal ’training ground’…