Monthly Archive: May 2012

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Bibliography and other metaphysical questions

So the next Digital Edition meeting finally took place today. A nice thing happened in the first 15 minutes: Alex was asked by Sabine and Johanna to explain XSLT and XQuery. I am always amazed not only at how much technique Alex knows, but also at his ability of making us understand how these things work (not in detail of course, but the general idea). Just as I am amazed at the complexity of the debates we can have during these sessions. Thankfully, we are through arguing about Geminationsstriche. We found a nice replacement for this formerly everlasting discussion though:...

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Trust and confidence

In those shaky times, I have been thinking about the value of the memoranda of understanding I have been, literally, building on during the past year. When I first started working on manuscripts, I learned that if you want to publish a transcription or a reproduction of a manuscript, you need the archive’s authorization, and that they usually give it to you if the publication has a scientific purpose. It is only later, in the contact to great archivists, that I sensed that a fruitful work relationship with an archive could work differently and gain a much deeper significance. Even...

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Speaking out of tongues

With my father in a coma since last week, my continuous state of panic has had an unexpected side effect: I seem to have lost all ability to speak one language at a time or, for that matter, any language correctly. German and French mix up in my head and I am not able to speak or write either German or French. My boarding pass is not a boarding ticket (as the French would have it), but a board card, after the German expression. The right word came to me half an hour after the moment I would have needed...

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Analog Intellectuals

I seem to have lost touch with the digital world lately. Have not encoded in weeks, have not made any inner progress concerning the structure of the corpora, have not moved on one bit in my reflexions concerning the search engine and am not really sure what to do concerning the new looks (check it here: one the one hand I like it a lot, the new background makes me totally happy, on the other hand, it looks like two ideas patched together – which it is – and does not satisfy me). It sounds like I would need to...

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“Lettres et textes. Le Berlin intellectuel des années 1800”: une présentation

L’édition numérique “Lettres et textes. Le Berlin intellectuel des années 1800” est en cours de réalisation et devrait être achevée courant 2015; les premiers corpus ont été mis en ligne en mars 2012. Réalisée par le groupe de recherche junior “Les intellectuels berlinois entre 1800 et 1830”, elle est en fait moins centrée sur le premier tiers du XIXème siècle qu’il n’y paraît. L’objectif scientifique qui constitue la matrice de l’édition en matière de codage et de mise en page est bien celui du groupe de recherche, mais il est focalisé sur un ensemble de textes et de personnes choisis...