Monthly Archive: February 2012

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Famous Last Encodings

There are these things in the preparation of the edition that I have been postponing for a year and have to deal with now because all of the other questions are answered. I am really not the postponing type (I think I may even be the *annoyingly* not postponing type of person). I guess I was vaguely confident that with time, some answers would come naturally. It turned out to be a reasonable instinct. One thing I did not solve by myself was the “Geminationsstrich”. But before I get to that, another point, not so unimportant. Isn’t it annoying that...

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Getting closer

Since I have been true to my promise (made to myself) to preserve some of my time to work on my “new book” (e.g. my “Habilitationsschrift”), I did not progress in the encoding of the letter corpora as much as I wanted to. Also, the work on the indices proved demanding (not only in terms of actual encoding, but also in terms of time taken to think about it). BUT we will be ready to go online with some copora in March. The new version of our documentation can be downloaded here (bottom of the page), as well as a...

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Some thoughts on University Libraries in the 19th century and today

This is a slightly revised version of the paper I gave at the Conference “The Changing Role of the Humanities in the Academy and Society: Historical and Transnational Perspectives” organized by the Großbritannien-Zentrum of the Humboldt-University in September 2011 (see their blog too), under the title: The University Library and the Humanities: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives  University Libraries play an important role in the constitution and institutionalized transmission of knowledge. They display interesting phenomena related to the process of institutionalization of the Humanities and connect to the question of their extra-institutional development. In their founding phase, they also relate strongly...

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Intellectual MP3?

For the last time this term, we had a session of our doctoral seminar  this afternoon. We have had a lot of guests lately but will catch up on our own presentations next term with me presenting my book project and Sabine and Selma talking about their respective dissertations. But for today, Toni Bernhart came to talk to us about audio-edition. Although it does not have much to do with our preoccupations, the questions he raises put our digital edition in an interesting perspective. His main thesis is that there is such a thing as audio edition, considering you can...

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November, 30th 1763 from Comedy Central in Berlin

(this post is a follow-up to this one and that one.) I spent the whole day on Letter 16 from von Buch to Beausobre. There were several long interruptions, but still. I am not done. And I should be working on it right now, instead of which I am trying to convince myself (by blogging) that the day was not worth nothing. That even if “people” are likely to criticize the edition in the end, I will have given the best I could to make it meet my standards – somehow. The King of Poland just died and von Buch...