[Humanist] 31.344 help with annotated Hobbes? narrative annotation?

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 344.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Nils Reiter <nils.reiter at ims.uni-stuttgart.de>            (29)
        Subject: Call for Participation: Shared Task on the Analysis of
                Narrative Levels Through Annotation

  [2]   From:    Francesca Rebasti <francesca.rebasti at gmail.com>           (26)
        Subject: EEBO-TCP corpus: request for information on some XML-encoded
                text files

        Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2017 11:40:39 +0200
        From: Nils Reiter <nils.reiter at ims.uni-stuttgart.de>
        Subject: Call for Participation: Shared Task on the Analysis of Narrative Levels Through Annotation 

1st Call for Participation
1st Shared Task on the Analysis of Narrative Levels Through Annotation (SANTA)
https://sharedtasksinthedh.github.io <https://sharedtasksinthedh.github.io/>

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to participate in the 1st Shared Task on Narrative Level Annotation. It is an adaptation of the shared task-format established in the field of Computational Linguistics and Informatics to the field of Literary Studies. The goal of the first phase of this (two-phased) shared task is the *collaborative creation of annotation guidelines*, which in turn will serve as a basis for the second phase, an automatisation-oriented shared task. The (intended) audience for the first round of the shared task are researchers interested in the (manual) analysis of narrative, who then have influence over the target concept that computer scientists later aim at automatically finding.

# Procedure

During the first few months, the participants develop annotation guidelines on their own. We provide a development corpus (see below) that can be used to test guidelines internally. On June 15, the guidelines are to be submitted to us. Immediately thereafter, a test corpus is released. The participants then annotate the test corpus using their own guidelines, until June 25. After submitting these annotations (in an online annotation tool that we provide), the participants are asked to annotate the very same test corpus according to the guidelines of one other participant until July 6. In the same time, the organizers will gather annotations based on every participants guidelines made by students.
Finally, all participants meet for a workshop (in August/September) and discuss their own and the others’ annotation guidelines. Guidelines will be evaluated qualitatively and quantitatively (inter-annotator agreement) during the workshop. Based on the outcome of the workshop we will define the guidelines for the second phase of the shared task, i.e., the guidelines on which the automatization of narrative level annotation will be based. Participants of the first phase can also participate in the second, but don’t have to. Mixed teams, consisting of humanists/narratologists and information/computer scientists are welcome.

# Corpus

The corpus has been compiled to cover as much relevant phenomena as possible. It is heterogeneous with respect to genre, publication date and text length. Still, representativity (whatever that means for literature) was not a guiding principle. All texts are available in English and German. Some texts are translations from a third language.

The maximal length of the texts in this corpus is 2000 words. Since this limitation entails a bias with respect to the use of narrative levels, we also have included a long text, which is we make available in a shortened version. For the latter we removed passages that do not affect the overall narrative level structure in a substantial manner.

The corpus is freely available on github:

# Important dates

June 15: Submission of annotation guidelines
June 25: Submission of annotations on test corpus
July 6: Submissions of annotations on test corpus, using foreign annotation guidelines
August/September: Workshop (will likely take place in Germany and take multiple days; we are working on funding)

If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,
Evelyn Gius, Nils Reiter, Jannik Strötgen and Marcus Willand

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Phase 1


        Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2017 13:34:23 +0200
        From: Francesca Rebasti <francesca.rebasti at gmail.com>
        Subject: EEBO-TCP corpus: request for information on some XML-encoded text files

Dear Humanist members,

I am writing to you on the advice of David Tomkins, former Digital Editor of
the EEBO-TCP project at the University of Oxford. During my postdoctoral
research fellowship at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon I have started
a scientific collaboration with the research team CACTUS (IHRIM - ENS de
Lyon), developer of the TEI oriented open-source software TXM, in order to
create a digital scholarly edition of Hobbes's political works provided with
advanced textometric functionalities. I actually plan to apply quantitative
text analysis methods to the study of the development of Hobbes's
ʻtheologicalʼ argument. Our prototype corpus currently includes Hobbes's
English political treatises, corresponding to the tcp files A43995, A43978,
A86417, and A43998.

In order to complete the corpus with the Latin political works, we need the
XML TEI P5 file of the 1668 Thomae Hobbes Malmesburiensis Opera
philosophica, quae Latinè scripsit, omnia or, at least, of the 1676/1678 
Leviathan, sive De materia, forma, & potestate civitatis ecclesiasticae et
civilis. As the EEBO-TCP project seems not to have keyed them, is there
anybody working on them and willing to share the material? To this end, we
could take into consideration the creation of a partnership.

I thank you in advance for your help.

Kindest regards,

Francesca Rebasti

IHRIM - ENS de Lyon
15 parvis René Descartes
francesca.rebasti at ens-lyon.fr

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