On 24. and 25. February, the Digital Humanities Forum at the University of Oslo hosted two half-day seminars focussing especially on digital textual studies. The first instance was a joint seminar with the newly established Digital Humanities Center at Gothenburg University and the Digital Humanities Lab Denmark. Gathered under the topic “litteraturforskning og digitale verktøy” (literary studies and digital tools), Jon Haarberg (University of Oslo), Jenny Bergenmar, Mats Malm and Sverker Lundin (Gothenburg University) shared their experiences with digitisation, digital editing, electronic literature and textual analysis. Among the presented projects were the digital edition of Petter Dass’ catechism songs, Språkbanken and Litteraturbanken (Swedish), the Women Writers Network and poeter.se, the largest Swedish online platform and archive for modern poetry and writing. Bergenmar and Malm also presented the new DH center at Gothenburg University and their future plans for a master programme in DH. The Swedes startet a seminar series on DH in the fall semester 2014 that will continue in 2015.
The second half-day seminar on 25. February was dedicated to textual analysis, especially topic modeling: “Kulturens tekster som big data. Om å analysere tekster digitalt” (Cultural textual heritage as big data. On analysing texts digitally). Starting with a presentation by Peter Leonard (Yale University Library & Digital Humanities Lab) titled “Topic Modeling & the Canon. Using curated collections to understand the ‘Great Unread'” that served as a thorough introduction to topic modeling and showed some great case studies in the end (e.g. Robots Reading Vogue). After lunch, Jon Arild Oslen from the Norwegian National Library presented their long-term digitisation project that started in 2006 wherein their complete holdings will be digitised (image & text recognition & text encoding) and made available to the public. This will include ca. 375.000 books (from as early as 1790), 3.2 mio newspapers (i.e. single issues), 42.000 periodicals (summing up to 2 mio single volumes). The project will be finished in 2018. Arne Martinus Lindstad (Norwegian National Library) talked about the library’s n-gram project while Lars Johnsen presented topic modeling with the National Library’s text corpus.
After a lively discussion with the audience, this time’s DH Forum host Anne Birgitte Rønning and I proposed a hands-on workshop for topic modeling to be held at the University of Oslo in the near future, and the current vice dean for research, Ellen Rees, announced the re-animation of the interdisciplinary research group “tekstutgivelse” (text editing & publishing) that will serve as a link between the National Library’s digital corpus and the Department for Linguistic and Scandinavian Languages’ corpus-based research and teaching and hopes to stimulate digital textual analysis endeavours.
I also did some live-tweeting during the seminars: #DHOslo
Few weeks ago, August 28–29, I was invited to the beautiful city of Bergen, Norway, to participate in a small scale workshop on “Paratext in Digital Culture: Is Paratext Becoming the Story?”, an event hosted by the research group “Digital Culture” (formerly known as “humanistisk informatikk”) at the University of Bergen.
The August workshop was the final event in a series that started in December 2012 that led to the forthcoming anthology “Examining Paratextual Theory and its Applications in Digital Culture” (IGI Global). I contributed to this anthology with the discussion of the applicability of the Genettian concept of paratext to the analysis of video games – with a brief, critical look at the more or less fruitful attempts to apply the concept in new media studies.
I presented my thoughts and deliberations on the subject in a promotional talk during the workshop (with material from the first-person shooter horror survival game Bioshock) that inspired an intense discussion.
The anthology will be published within the next few weeks or so, so stay put! I’ll send out pdfs of my chapter, “Video Game Framings” upon request.
Alas! This fall starts the Digital Humanities Forum or digital humaniora forum (DHF) at the University of Oslo. Initiated by two members of the steering committee of the Digital Humaniora research network at the Faculty of Humanities and supported by the DH network at UiO, there will be a series of six events, each under a specific topic; with short presentations of projects, tools, services, and best practice.
The DHF will be held at the Læringsoasen at the University Library, Georg Sverdrups Hus, on Blindern Campus, tuesdays between 2–4pm starting on September 9, 2014. The event is open to the public.
September 9: Maps and Visualizations I: Geographical, Temporal, Social Networks
Christian-Emil S. Ore: Internet maps
Janne Bondi: Dialectal maps
Federico Aurora: Inscriptions of Linear B and Greek papyri
Jens Erland Braarvig: Euclid & Aristotle: Maps
September 23: Maps and Visualizations II: Geographical, Temporal, Social Networks
Frode Helland: Ibsen maps
Helge Jordheim: Historical Stemmata
Ida Jahr: Visualizing Historical Social Networks
Line Esborg: Folkeminne-collection
October 7: Digital Editions and Digital Philology
Tor Ivar Ostmo
October 21: Lexicons and Bibliographies
Espen Ore: Norsk Ordbok 2014
Stephan Guth: Arabic Etymologies
Annika Rockenberger: Project Bibliographies for Everyone: Zotero
November 4: Datalinguistics
November 18: Digital Humanities in Research and Teaching
Anne Birgitte Rønning, Espen S. Ore: Moderation
Jan Engh, Andrea Gasparini, Federico Aurora: Plenary Discussion
“Vom Nutzen der Editionen” – 15. Internationale Tagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft für germanistische Edition. RWTH Aachen University, February 19–22, 2014
Two weeks ago I attended the 15th biennial conference of the German Association for Scholarly Editing (AG-Edition). This time, the biennial event was held at the RWTH Aachen University, Germany and hosted by the department of German and literary studies and its head of department, Thomas Bein. The topic – On the Uses of Editions – couldn’t have been more up to date. It was received broadly and transdisciplinary with almost 60 long and short paper presentations ranging roughly from the early middle ages to contemporary German literature, from musical performance practices to DADA art, from contemporary Austrian theatrical productions to early 20th century film. The focus was, at least in most of the presentations, strongly on the uses (Nutzen) of editions, while the concept of edition was quite broad, iridescing between facsimlia, historical-critical or genetic scholary editions, and multimedia archives. The conference was accompanied by committee meetings and the biennial general assembly of the association.