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Seminar "What is a text? Books, Texts, and Meaning in the Digital Age" by Jeffrey Witt

From: 2018-11-05 To:2018-11-09

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  • Thematic Line

    Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy
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    Aristotelica Portugalensia
    Reason, Politics & Society
  • Research seminar on digital humanities by Prof. Jeffrey Witt (Loyola University Maryland)

    Prof. Jeffrey Witt (Loyola University Mariland)

    What is a text? Books, Texts, and Meaning in the Digital Age

    Porto, FLUP, 5th-9th November 2018

    As the digital age creates the possibility of separating the meaning of a text from its mode of presentation, textual scholars need be able to think clearly and creatively about the ontology of a text and text related information. Such thinking was a pre-occupation of many of the great theorist of the internet before its eventual invention. Thus, in this course, we will begin by reading some of the founding documents of the internet and the authors' ideas about how texts and information would be transformed once freed from the confines of the codex. Such readings would include Vannevar Bush's, "As we may think" (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1945/07/as-we-may-think/303881/) and Ted Nelson's Literary Machines. With this in the background, we will examine some of the most important data models for understanding a text, including the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Reference (FRBR) and Order Hierarchy of Content Objects (OCHO). Finally, we will look at some of the important technologies for implementing these models including TEI XMl and Linked Open Data. 


    Medieaval and Early Modern Philosophy TL (Gabinete de Filosofia Medieval) / Instituto de Filosofia

    Support: American Corner Porto FLUP (American Spaces, USA Embassy); Fundação para a Ciência e aTecnologia.

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