[Humanist] 22.514 London Seminar this Thursday

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 10 13:17:44 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 514.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:15:38 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship

All within range of London are cordially invited to a Seminar this 
Thursday, 12 February, in the London Seminar in Digital Text and 
Scholarship, by Neven Jovanović (University of Zagreb), "What shall we 
do with a text collection?". It will be held in Room 275, Stewart House 
(http://ies.sas.ac.uk/about/stewarthouse.htm), Russell Square, from 
17:30 - 19:30. Refreshments are provided.


A good resource must enable us to do something we could not do without 
it. So what new things have resources like Google Book Search, the 
Perseus Project, and the German neo-Latin CAMENA collection enabled me 
--- a scholar trained as a classical philologist, working in a small 
country in Southern Europe --- to do?

After considering some obvious responses, it is important to note that 
those digital, web-based experiments, both with their successes and 
their shortcomings, have made it possible, even necessary, to imagine an 
act of building a digital collection that is also an act of building a 
community around the collection.

Imagine a collection or an archive designed in such a way to be able to 
support itself, enabling its users to contribute and persuading them to 
want to contribute, to enrich and personalize the collection and to 
share their own personalizations with others. Furthermore, imagine such 
a collection designed not around a very famous or popular subject but 
around something special, something relatively unknown, exotic, or 

How to create such space? What tools, what services, what strategies are 
needed? Do we have them already, or do they have yet to be devised?

I will try to propose answers using the example and the experience of 
the Croatiae auctores Latini, a digital collection in the making, 
intended to become both a "knowledge site" and "a village of scholars" 
(as envisioned by Peter L. Shillingsburg) around the so far 
unsufficiently researched phenomenon of Croatian Latin texts, written by 
people of Croatian origin from the ninth to the twentieth centuries.

Neven Jovanović works in Zagreb, Croatia, at the Department of Classical 
Philology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of 
Zagreb. He acquired his PhD in 2005, with the thesis "Problems in 
Construing a Neo-Latin Stylistics on the Example of the Evangelistarium 
by Marko Marulic" (University of Zagreb).

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.

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