Monthly Archive: September 2012

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Brandenburg Musings

Yesterday was a glorious September Sunday and we were off to Kunersdorf, on Chamisso’s traces. Sabine, Selma, Anna, Johanna, Janin, Maud and I took first a train to Eberswalde, then a train to Wriezen, where we had rented bikes. And so as the sun started shining through the clouds at 1 PM, we were pedaling towards Kunersdorf’s church. The church is not only, as you can see, cute and original, it is also one of the only two that were ever rebuilt in GDR times. Kunersdorf is the Brandenburg village in which Chamisso spent the summer of 1813 botanizing and...

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Of ghosts and metadata

While writing my paper for the Biography Conference and writing my paper for the Frankoromanistentag and trying to finish up the grant application for the Boeckh Encyklopädie and settling on the OCR issue, thus turning my intention to very different fields and objects, I have been wondering which of the research objects I am manipulating are real and alive and which are more speculative and less substantial, constructions of a ghostly nature if you want. It was Markus Schnöpf who gave me the first hunch when we discussed the composition of the Berlin Digital Humanities Group and he underlined how important...

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Positively Dawesome Feature

There is no such word as dawesome, I know. But I could not think of an adjective starting with a d that would express fully my enthusiasm for our progress on the production of pdf-files on the basis of our XML/TEI documents. It is only natural that a publisher would not be very accommodating when you come to him saying: “Hey, we will have everything online first: would like you to then make a book out of it?”. As much as I understand the publisher’s  reluctance though, fact is that this is what we need (and by we I don’t just mean...

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A musical, a serious discussion, an information overload and a yiipee!

Yesterday was the day when we had our first digital edition meeting in a long time.  Everyone noticed the fact that is was overdue: it lasted almost three hours. I usually try to avoid that kind of length, but there was too much to discuss. We started preparing our first big official presentation of the edition (or launch if you want); we discussed the pdf issue; we did some general brainstorming on a few transcriptions that were not to easy to decipher, and Alex explained to us (in a first attempt to reach the deeper regions of our brains) how...