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This are the slides from a presentation I gave at CAA 2012 at the University of Southampton on how the Digital Humanities intersect with Archaeological Computing

This are the slides from a presentation I gave at CAA 2012 at the University of Southampton on how the Digital Humanities intersect with Archaeological Computing



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  • Jerome McGann – one word to rule them all and in the darkness bind themI am about the text – theories of textual scholarship – about editing and display – about theories of knowledge creation and dissemination – about the ‘META’ what work does the text do in the world, how can I expose it ?– how can ‘explode’ my years of learning and scholarship about texts so for the benefit of others?
  • Representation and writing is codified – bibliographic codes organise our attention – almost 2 millennia of the codex form of the book have trained our ways of thinking, our eyes and minds - expect a paragraph to yield a natural break – the screen however is different… as those who have spent millions developing Kindles, Nooks and other ereaders will tell you…
  • My early work in textual scholarship, palaeography,codicology –book history… being a medievalist in fact really equips you well for a role as a DH – if you take psychology’s definition of understanding it is the apprehension of objects in their context – we are all new historicists… context, history, art, architecture, literature all inform our understanding of culture… Here is a A multimedia event – physical computing – taking the most innovative “new’ technology we know that by the early 7th century they had seen and copied the Codex Amiatinus a luxury book from the Mediterranean period --- this is political a statement of power – open data, team, collaborative work – and we are still interpreting it … that is the challenge
  • Augmenting standard representation of the edition – Andrew Prescott on a recent visit to Cork gave a great example of the LION version of Coleridge’s The Aeolian Harp --- another good example is Bryant’s Fluid Text edition of Herman Melville’s Typee – with revision sites…. But on to 3D and newer forms of reading and representation
  • Plato and Socrates – the Socratic dialogues accessible through writing – Socrates said that writing was not a legitimate ‘Son of Knowledge’ but that argument – working through thesis antithesis and synthesis is the only path to ‘truth’ (another contested term I know…) so that is what DH enables in terms of the scholarship…

Caa2012 Caa2012 Presentation Transcript

  • Digital Humanities Orla Murphy School of English University College Cork Ireland
  • Visualisation
  • Signs of Representation
  • British Library Cotton Nero D.iv• The Book of Lindisfarne is a multimedia event – a fusion of pagan and Christian art and culture;• 3 languages – Latin, Greek and Old English• Different orthographic forms – still legible and accessible• Here: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/li ndisfarne_lg.html
  • Xml – the Versioning Machine
  • Lismore Cathedral, Waterford.
  • Macalister – CIIC – 2D representation
  • CISP database
  • Hiberno-Romanesque ecclesiastic
  • Augmenting traditional methods
  • Re-reading
  • Spatio-temporal data - dimensionality
  • New acts of reading | Visual culture• Page and Text have encoded within them cues that allow us to read them easily• In attempting to replicate the page on screen we are offering some AR – but not explicitly• A dynamic page – embedded links – contextually rich environment is not an A4 page• Maps at conference (example of difficulty)
  • Engaged
  • Interactive
  • Participatory
  • Research to Teaching- UCC• 10 new DAH PhDs• 47 in new national, inter-institutional program• New MA DAH in development – internships and placement in local cultural heritage initiatives• 4 x MA programs in English – all learn XML for past 4 years• 2 x ‘professional’ PhD courses for the university on ‘Digital skills’ and ‘Editing skills”
  • Thank you!