Digital Intellectuals Blog

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Lost in Digitization? Go to the Data Re-Use Charter!

The realization of the DARIAH Data Re-Use Charter, which was not much more than a nice idea last March, has gained momentum over the past weeks. With increased manpower, we hope to have the actual Charter up and running about a year after the idea was first drafted and presented. I am used to working fast, but this is going very fast, even for me. It also requires quite some intellectual flexibility to see ideas come and go, be filtered, developed, abandonned, new ideas being introduced… The work to be done is on the one hand very conceptual (always keeping in...

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Shadow in the night (bliss)

I had the pleasure, honour, happiness, you name it, to print my PhD candidate’s works today to put them in my holiday luggage. And for two of them, I had to actually bind them in order for the leaves to stay together. The progress of their scholarly work is reaching a new stage of reality. Now I see these meanders of sources, discussions, structures changing (or not), additional readings adding confusion, but then clarity, become something of its own, after wondering for a long time what I should do to make that happen. Obviously, the advisor has a small impact on the reality of a...

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On St John’s Day

There is writing and there is making readable. The difference between both is about the time that elapsed since my last post, in which I fine-tuned the main part of the habilitation document, added bibliographical references, wrote conclusion and introduction, added illustrations, etc. Last week, at long last, I could hand it over  to the institution where I hope to be able to defend it in December. The end of this effort left me surprised, ajar, almost taken aback. I spent a week wanting to walk and think and do nothing else (needless to say, there were things to do...

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Laudatio ad “Manifesto Corpus” #dhpreis16

(dies ist der Text meiner Laudatio vom 7. Juni 2016, gehalten an der BBAW aus Anlass der Verleihung des Berliner Digital Humanities-Preises 2016) Meine sehr verehrten Damen und Herren, es ist mir ein großes Vergnügen, Ihnen dieses Jahr den Gewinner des 1. Berliner Digital Humanities-Preises vorstellen und ans Herz legen zu dürfen. Damit Sie die Entscheidung der Jury für das auserwählte Projekt verstehen, möchte ich Ihnen zunächst eine Frage stellen oder besser gesagt, Sie nach Ihrer Einschätzung fragen: Meinen es die Politikerinnen und Politiker wirklich ernst mit ihren Versprechungen? Machen Sie das, was sie angekündigt haben, tun zu wollen? Wissen...