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Advanced digital editing: modeling the text and making the edition

NEH Institute for Advanced topics in the Digital Humanities 2022

Rationale

Digital humanists already have access to workshops and tutorials to help them learn to transcribe, edit, and tag a text in preparation for publishing a digital edition. Nonetheless, sophisticated markup expertise alone is not enough to make an edition, and learning nothing more than tagging may leave scholars staring at their angle brackets and wondering what to do next. Digital humanists cannot build editions that break methodological ground solely on the basis of solutions prepared largely by others, and the focus of this Institute is on the creation of digital editions motivated by project-specific research questions and implemented from a perspective driven first by theory of edition, second by editorial methodology, and necessarily but less importantly by specific toolkits. In this respect, this Institute recognizes thinking digitally in ways driven by project-specific research goals as the most important feature of sustainable Digital Humanities training and education.

Instructors

[Anderson picture]Clifford Anderson
Vanderbilt University
[Birnbaum picture]David J. Birnbaum
Institute Director
University of Pittsburgh
[Bleeker picture]Elli Bleeker
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
[Cayless picture]Hugh Cayless
Duke University
[Dekker picture]Ronald Haentjens Dekker
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
[Keane picture]Gabi Keane
Affirm, Inc.
[Olsson picture]Leif-J├Âran Olsson
University of Gothenburg
[Rowell picture]Chelcie Rowell
Tufts University

Assistants

[Gobat picture]Mason Gobat
Institute Assistant
University of Pittsburgh
[Schwarz picture]Emma Schwarz
Senior Institute Assistant
University of Pittsburgh

Guest lecturers

[Beshero-Bondar picture]Elisa Beshero-Bondar
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
[Gunn picture]Chelsea Gunn
University of Pittsburgh
[Higgins picture]Shea Higgins
The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society
[Juola image]Patrick Juola
Duquesne University
[Witt picture]Jeffrey Witt
Loyola University

Participants

Acknowledgements

NEH Advanced digital editing: modeling the text and making the edition is awarded by the NEH Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) and co-funded by the NEH Division of Research Programs. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in materials developed for this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Additional support and assistance has been provided by the University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.
University Library System Additional support and assistance has been provided by the University of Pittsburgh University Library System.
Center of Digital Humanities Research We are grateful to the Center of Digital Humanities Research, Texas A&M University, for generously contributing complimentary copies of XQuery for humanists (part of the Coding for humanists series, Texas A&M Press) for the use of Institute participants.
eXist-db book cover We are grateful to Erik Siegel (of Xatapult) and Adam Retter (of Evolved Binary) for generously contributing complimentary copies of the eXist book for the use of Institute participants.
eXist-db eXist-db is an open source native XML database and application platform, supported by eXist Solutions, GmbH.