[Humanist] 23.87 research on text & maps? mss edn in TEI?

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Thu Jun 18 06:09:07 CEST 2009

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 87.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Oyvind Eide <oyvind.eide at kcl.ac.uk>                       (52)
        Subject: Input for PhD project: Texts and maps

  [2]   From:    Marion Lamé <marionlame at YAHOO.FR>                        (10)
        Subject: digital edition of manuscripts in TEI

        Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 13:56:00 +0200
        From: Oyvind Eide <oyvind.eide at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Input for PhD project: Texts and maps

A few weeks ago, I started a PhD project at Centre for Computing in  
the Humanities, King's College London. The project is titled "The area  
told as a story. An inquiry into the relationship between verbal and  
map-based expressions of geographical information." A short  
description of the project:

"In modern European societies, maps are seen as the natural way to  
communicate about geography. This is different in other historical  
periods. In the project description I show some examples of historical  
periods in which maps are not used very much, although they are known.  
In my opinion, this lack of use is not based on a lack of cartographic  
tools or knowledge only. I think there are other reasons why people  
choose to use verbal texts to communicate about geography, reasons  
that may be difficult to see for people living in a modern map based  
society. In the proposed PhD project, I will look for such reasons by  
trying to find examples of verbal texts being superior to maps.

The source material for the project will be a document from the 18th  
century: Major Schnitler's border examination protocols. The digitally  
available, TEI encoded textual version of this material will be used  
as the source for a database. This database will represent a model of  
the geographical information I read from the text.

This model will be a version of the geographical information in the  
source text, expressed in a formal language. The model will also store  
contradictory facts if and when they exist. Possible contradiction can  
be found using rules of calculation that will be developed on top of  
the model. The model will be used to investigate my hypothesis by  
trying to express the information in the model as maps.

Based on the results of this research, I will discuss the possible  
existence of geographical structures and features found in the model  
that can not be expressed on maps without significant loss of meaning.  
This way, I hope to gain new knowledge about how people express  
themselves in verbal texts about geography, as opposed to map based  
expressions. In the longer term, I hope this will help us  
understanding more about the reasons why some cultures are very map  
oriented, whereas others know about maps, but only use them in very  
limited areas."

The project will have to cover several research fields, and could have  
covered even more. I will use Lessing's work on the relationship  
between poetry and painting (Laokoon, 1766), and I will use modeling  
as a tool. Anthropology, geography, history, narratology and  
linguistics are among the other areas relevant for this work. Maybe  
the question should be what is not relevant.

In order to help me covering as much as possible of the research I  
should relate to, it would be most helpful if anyone has references to  
works, or research areas, addressing specifically the relationship  
(differences) between maps and verbal texts as means of expressing  
geographical information.

It is probably best to do this off-list, then I will collect what I  
get in a single email to the list.

Kind regards,

Øyvind Eide
PhD student
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

        Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 15:25:27 +0100
        From: Marion Lamé <marionlame at YAHOO.FR>
        Subject: digital edition of manuscripts in TEI
        In-Reply-To: <4A38B12F.50103 at kcl.ac.uk>

Hi everybody,

Does anybody have a list a few projects (+ links) of digital manuscripts edition that are working with TEI (or adapted TEI) please?

Best regards,

Marion Lamé
Carnet de recherche sur «Hypothèse»: «Épigraphie en réseau http://eer.hypotheses.org »  http://eer.hypotheses.org
(plateforme «Hypothèse http://hypotheses.org/ » du CLEO<http://cleo.cnrs.fr/>)

Page web Centre Camille Julllian
Digital Clacissist http://digitalclassicist.org/ , Projects page:
Epigraphie en réseau<http://wiki.digitalclassicist.org/Epigraphie_en_reseau%20> = <http://wiki.digitalclassicist.org/Epigraphie_en_reseau>

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