Addressing Ancient Promises : Text Modeling and Alexandria

  • The computer has come to play a transformative role in the ways we model, store, process and study text. Nevertheless, we cannot yet claim to have realised the promises of the digital medium: the organisation and dissemination of scholarly knowledge through the exchange, reuse and enrichment of data sets. Despite the acclaimed interdisciplinary nature of digital humanities, current digital research takes place in a closed environment and rarely surpasses the traditional boundaries of a field. Furthermore, it is worthwhile to continue questioning the models we use and whether they are actually suitable for our scholarly needs. There’s a risk that the affordances and limitations of a prevailing model may blind us to aspects it doesn’t support. In her talk, Elli Bleeker discusses different technologies to model data with respect to their expressive power and their potential to address the needs of the scholarly community. Within this framework, she introduces a new data model for text, Text-As-Graph (TAG), and it’s reference implementation Alexandria, a text repository system. The TAG model allows researchers to store, query, and analyse text that is encoded from different perspectives. Alexandria thus stimulates new ways of looking at textual objects, facilitates the exchange of information across disciplines, and secures textual knowledge for future endeavours. From a philosophical perspective, the TAG model and the workflow of Alexandria raise compelling questions about our notions of textuality, and prompt us to reconsider how we can best model the variety of textual dimensions.

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Author:Elli Bleeker
URN:urn:nbn:de:kobv:b4-opus4-29325
Document Type:Lecture
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2018/11/06
Release Date:2018/11/07
Tag:Markup-Theorie; Textmodellierung
GND Keyword:Digital Humanities
Pagenumber:20
Institutes:BBAW / Initiative Telota
BBAW / Drittmittelprojekt CLARIN-D
BBAW / Drittmittelprojekt OCR-D
collections:BBAW / Konferenzen, Tagungen, Workshops / Digital-Humanities-Kolloquium an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International