[Humanist] 31.105 events: bio-inspiration; ancient Sanskrit and Prakrit texts

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Jun 15 07:23:07 CEST 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 105.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Francesco Borghesi <francesco.borghesi at sydney.edu.au>     (38)
        Subject: Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group: READ workshop on
                20th of June 2017

  [2]   From:    ravi raj6 <raviraj6 at yahoo.com>                             (7)
        Subject: Call for Paper Springer Conf

        Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 04:26:31 +0000
        From: Francesco Borghesi <francesco.borghesi at sydney.edu.au>
        Subject: Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group: READ workshop on 20th of June 2017

Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group

READ Workshop

READ Workshop organised by Mark Allon and Ian McCrabb.  READ and READ Workbench together provide an integrated research environment, publishing platform and corpus development framework for ancient Sanskrit and Prakrit texts; a model that can be expanded to other writing systems.

Rationale: The READ project commenced in 2013 with funding from a consortium consisting of the University of Munich (LMU), Germany, the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, the University of Sydney (USYD) and Prakaś Foundation, Sydney.  These Universities are all engaged in the study and publication of ancient Buddhist documents preserved in the Gāndhārī language that originate from Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Academic lead for the project is Stefan Baums (LMU) and the development team comprises Andrew Glass from Microsoft as software architect, Stephen White (ex Microsoft and USYD) as system developer and Ian McCrabb as analyst/designer and project manager (USYD).

READ is the result of the convergence of two streams; the work of Baums and Glass on gandhari.org  and data modelling undertaken in support of McCrabb’s PhD dissertation at USYD.  The project brief for READ was to develop a comprehensive research environment and publishing platform to support the transcription, translation and analysis of ancient Sanskrit and Prakrit texts: manuscripts, inscriptions, coins and other documents.  A critical element of the brief was that READ be based on open source software, support the TEI standard and provide an API for integration with related systems.

READ is complementary to existing textual repositories and integrated with existing dictionaries.  Whatever format existing transcriptions were developed in these can be consumed, elaborated upon, analyzed, and then published as research output in TEI.  The data remains open source and can be exported as a full XML archive.  In summary, READ has been designed to functions as:

  *   a linked repository of images, transcriptions, translations, metadata, and annotations;
  *   a content management system encompassing multi-user editing, maintenance and version control;
  *   a collaboration platform with comprehensive access and visibility control;
  *   a research environment with access to a dictionary, catalog of texts, glossaries and bibliographies;
  *   a publishing platform for individual transcription renditions or full scholarly editions; and
  *   the kernel of an integrated research network interfacing with GIS, data visualization and image analysis systems.

Ian McCrabb, University of Sydney

READ and READ Workbench

Abstract: This presentation will provide an overview of the project, the modelling and design process, the development methodology and a brief system demonstration focusing on the core modules and workflows.  READ is currently in production on four projects at the University of Sydney supporting the development of corpora in Gāndhārī, Sanskrit and Pali.

In order to support the management of resources and processes that need to be integrated in the development of a corpus, a server portal and management framework, READ Workbench, has been built.  The presentation will provide an overview of the corpus development framework and a brief walk through of the methods and automated processes supported by READ workbench.

Bio:  Ian McCrabb is the founder and managing director of Systemik, a Sydney based IT consulting group focussed on information architecture and content services in the corporate and government sectors.  Since its establishment in 1994, he has led the design, development and commercialization of consulting methodologies, web technologies and content transformation services; adapting the organizations business models to map to evolving corporate web content management platforms and strategies.  Ian has an MA in Sanskrit and Buddhist Studies from USYD and his PhD dissertation continues his focus on methodologies for the analysis of donative inscriptions and characterization of the ritual practice of relic establishment in ancient Gandhāra (eastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan).  Ian is analyst/designer and project manager on the READ project and system designer of READ Workbench.

Dr Andrew Glass

Expanding READ to support any writing system

Abstract: READ is built on a database that models the separate components and layers of interpretation which scholars employ in their research on ancient documents. This model progresses along a spectrum from more-or-less statements of fact (e.g., the location of writing on a surface), to more interpretive data (e.g., the transcription value of an instance of writing).

The database model therefore can trace any particular scholarly choice relating to the study of a document back to an original fact, usually the location of writing on the surface in question.  This link to the location of writing on the surface lies at the heart of READ and is what allows users of the system to modify their interpretations of their text repeatedly as they work on it without losing or disconnecting other facts and interpretations they have already made.

What is really happening in the system is that READ constrains the scholar to editing only one unit of interpretation at a time, otherwise links could become corrupted.  In order to be able to constrain edits to a single unit of interpretation of a unit of the writing system, the system must know what is allowable for any unit of the writing system. That is, the system must model human writing systems.

READ was originally developed for the Gāndhārī language which uses the Kharoṣṭhī script. Kharoṣṭhī is an alphasyllabary or Abugida writing system that has shares many features with Brāhmī and derived writing systems of South and Southeast Asia. Therefore, the present READ system is optimized for working with texts for which the primary orthographic units consists of syllabic units.

This presentation looks at the challenges and opportunities in extending the READ system beyond the alpha syllabaries to also support alphabetic, logographic, and logosyllablic writing systems.

Bio:  Dr. Andrew Glass is a Senior Program Manager in the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft. He works on text input and font shaping (Uniscribe). He has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Washington, Department of Asian Languages and Literature. He has authored Unicode proposals for the Kharoṣṭhī and Brāhmī scripts together with Stefan Baums. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2008 he taught at University of Washington, University of Leiden, and Bukkyo University in Japan. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and one book, Four Gāndhārī Saṃyuktāgama Sūtras: Senior Kharoṣṭhī Fragment 5, published by the University of Washington Press 2007. He is the creator of the Universal Shaping Engine, a solution for rendering complex scripts based on Unicode data that has been adopted by major mobile and desktop computer operating system.

For further information please see the Sydney Digital Humanities Research Group page <http://sydney.edu.au/intellectual-history/sdh/index.shtml> or contact the Research Group Leader
Francesco  Borghesi francesco.borghesi at sydney.edu.au

Tuesday, 20th of June 2017
Physics Lecture Theatre 5 (Rm 337)
Physics Building
The University of Sydney

Free and open to all

        Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:15:29 +0000 (UTC)
        From: ravi raj6 <raviraj6 at yahoo.com>
        Subject: Call for Paper Springer Conf

International Conference On Computational Vision and Bio Inspired Computing (ICCVBIC 2017) is being organized on 21,22 September, 2017 by the Inventive Research Organization in association with RVS Technical Campus.

All registered papers will be published in Springer - Lecture Notes in Computational Vision and Biomechanics..

Paper Submission Due: June 17, 2017

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