Monthly Archive: March 2014

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Food for thought, forests and alien ideas – Germaine de Stael reloaded in Paris on April, 2nd

In her book On Germany, Germaine de Stael draws a picture of Germany as a counterbalance to France – a way of criticizing the Napoleon regime which had banned her from her home country. She announces at the beginning of the text that she will present “opinions alien to those that reign in France”, ideas that may deem right or wrong, but always provide food for thought. After the foreword, the first chapter begins: “The amount and extent of forests indicate a civilization yet novel”.

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Knowing what to look for (and at)

It has been a problem of our digital edition for about a year now, that the new interface, as cute as it is, is conceived for a much bigger amount of corpus than we now have. And whether with the amount we have now or with a bigger amount of texts, it does not provide for any kind of overview or orientation. I thought this was not to be helped, considering we have reduced the displayed information to a minimum that is, in my understanding of it, also a maximum.

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Why we need to teach Data Architecture, Metadata and Annotation Tools in the Humanities. Seriously. Now.

An esteemed colleague and friend handed me over a short text last week, saying he was curious to know what I think of it. To be true, now that I have read it, I am mostly tempted to hop on my bike on this Sunday evening, ride to his place and explain to him what data architecture is and what annotation tools allow to do. I probably will be given an opportunity to do so at some later point, so it will not have to be tonight after all. But I don’t want to let the gap between the intellectual...

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On 15 Months of Clock-Ticking, and Writing

I would not have thought that 15 months before the group’s funding ends would feel as if a nuclear bomb was about to explode. It is time to wrap things up. The doctoral positions end in November ’14, the post-doctoral one in March ’15, mine in June ’15, and we still have 3 monographs due. But the clock is not ticking because we have to write these books. The clock is ticking because while we have to concentrate on writing them, we also have to worry about what will come after our funding is over.

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Hazard of the border between yesterday and tomorrow

We have known it for a while. We have discussed it. How bad does it look to have six grey-haired men sit and discuss the politics? How bad does it look to have, on the other side, a strictly feminine, 20 years younger organization team? We managed to even things a bit by involving as many of the group members as possible (not the sole organization team) in such things as introducing and chairing the different sessions of the workshop. This was an excellent opportunity to give to see the diversity of persons and institutions represented by the Einstein-Zirkel Digital...