Monthly Archive: August 2012

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Vision and decision: what should I do with an OCR?

As much as I like developing visions, they lead one way or another to pragmatical decisions that are not always so easy or satisfactory. Here is the vision: you would have the list of books that Boeckh gave to the University Library in manuscript form, digitized on your screen. You would from there come through an XML/TEI-encoding to the scan of the book itself – and from there, through another XML/TEI-encoding, to the way Boeckh quoted or used this book in his work (let’s say for instance in his Encyklopädie-class or at the Philological Seminar, for which the concerning manuscripts...

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Hybridation Means

Although I had carefully avoided to confront myself with the question of how the digital version of our edition of Boeckh’s Encyklopädie (see here for more detail on that) was supposed to compare to the print version, I was compelled to do so this afternoon under the pressure of my co-grant applicants. The fashionable way to edit is definitely to have both a digital and a print version: an hybrid edition. But even that leaves a wide range of options. One way is to have a book version shorter than the digital version is. Another way is to have a digital...

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Redirecting

My last blog post was in German and dealt with the letters from Antonie von Chamisso to her husband Adelbert of the Summer 1823. I posted it on another of our blogs, the Caroline von Humboldt Forum. You can read the post here.

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We want to see everything

As I mentioned in some earlier posts, I am working on a grant application for an edition project. What we want to edit is Boeckh’s Encyklopädie und Metholodogie der philologischen Wissenschaften. There exist several editions of this book, all of them being a) older and b) based on a cumulative view of the text. What we want to do in our edition is an extensive version. Let me explain why and how and what this is all about. August Boeckh gave a class on this topic (Encyclopedy of the Philological Sciences) for the first time in 1809 when he was...

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Voß, Boeckh, Rousseau…

… have probably nothing in common except for the cohabitation they are forced to in my schedule of this August: preparing the Voß volume (e.g. the contributions to the conference I organized together with Josefine Kitzbichler and Enrica Fantino in the Summer 2010, enriched with the Voß-Solger-correspondence), preparing the grant proposal for the edition of Boeckh’s Encyklopädie, and writing the long due paper on Communication for the Rousseau encyclopedia about to be edited in Potsdam by Stefanie Stockhorst and Iwan d’Aprile. Communication strategies, one of my favorite refrains, certainly are the smallest common denominator between the three projects. Voß communicates – in...