When in Rome, do as the Romans do

A guest post by Sabine Seifert (almost) live from Rome – and remembering the beginnings of this blog in Würzburg in 2011, 150 blog posts ago.


It’s the third day of the TEI conference 2013 in Rome, the talks are good as is the coffee and yesterday’s poster session went very well. The obligatory poster poetry slam was fun – and here is my poster and my poem:

A scholar in the Berlin of the 19th century
studied Greek and Latin classics in a fury.
He did research, wrote essays and published editions,
thought about philology and changed its definition.
A many letters and reports he wrote
that also show how he did note
the political situation of his age.
He wanted to free science and speech from the cage.
Alas, most of his literary estate
rests unread in archives and fades.
These valuable letters are not easy to find,
therefore we set out to be no longer blind
and put up a platform showing where to seek what
and in detail what the archives have got.
We created some entries, some others were imported,
in the right way they all were sorted
to then present in a systematic overview
all handwritten documents without further ado.
This metadata platform is connected – as we thought fit –
with the digital edition of some of Boeckh’s writ.
His letters are presented in a wonderful way:
in a diplomatic transcription and a reading text that say
where are the names, the places, works and so forth
to research what networks of Berlin intellectuals were worth.
Authority files and TEI schema ensure the connection.
With data exchange and collaborations we strive for perfection.
All these technical terms are not very poetic
but my colleagues and I think them still so magnetic.
Therefore I am happy to be here with you,
come to my poster and enjoy the view.

Cite this blog post
Anne Baillot (2013, October 6). When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Digital Intellectuals. Retrieved May 28, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/nmu5

Anne Baillot

I am a Professor of German Studies at Le Mans Université. My areas of research include German literature, Digital Humanities, textual scholarship and intellectual history.

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