[Humanist] 26.901 on computation and palaeography

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 901.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:26:55 +0000
        From: Peter Stokes <peter.stokes at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Computation and Palaeography: Potentials and Limits

A report on 'Computation and Palaeography: Potentials and Limits' presents the results of a Perspectives Workshop hosted by Schloss Dagstuhl (Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik), which brought together a group of palaeographers and experts in computer vision. The workshop focussed on 'big questions', many of which apply to Digital Humanities generally, such as subjectivity in research, the interaction between computer scientists and humanities scholars, the problem of the 'black box', and the need for clear communication across highly specialised disciplines (including the importance of the 'middle person' or analyst who can translate between the two). This report is a summary of the workshop itself; a much fuller treatment of this material is also well underway and will be published shortly.

T. Hassner, M. Rehbein, P.A. Stokes and L. Wolf (eds), 'Computation and Palaeography: Potentials and Limits (Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 12382)', Dagstuhl Reports 2:9 (2012): 184–199. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.4230/DagRep.2.9.184

Table of Contents:

- Executive Summary

Overview of Talks:
- Three Pattern-Recognition Approaches to the Automatic Identification of the Writers of Ancient Documents (Dimitris Arabadjis and Micalis Panagopoulos)
- Multi-Source and Multi-View 3D Data Exploration (Matthieu Exbrayat)
- Computerized Paleography of Hebrew Writing from the First Temple Period (Shira Faigenbaum)
- Modern Technologies for Manuscript Research (Melanie Gau and Robert Slabatnig)
- Experiments in the Digital Humanities (R. Manmatha)
- Challenges in Palaeography for which Computer Sciences Might Offer Some Solutions (Wendy Scase)
- Bringing the Digital to Palaeography: Some Background and Challenges (Peter A. Stokes)
- The Graphem Research Project (Dominique Stutzmann)
- The Ongoing Effort to Reconstruct the Cairo Genizah (Lior Wolf)

Reports from Working Groups:
- Acquisition of Images (Dimitris Arabadjis, Shira Faigenbaum, Robert Sablatnig, and Timothy Stinson)
- Tools (Nachum Dershowitz, Matthieu Exbrayat, Eyal Ofek, Micalis Panagopoulos, and Ségolène Tarte)
- Content and Context (Melanie Gau, R. Manmatha, Ophir Münz-Manor, Wendy Scase, and Dominique Stutzmann)
- Challenges and Limitations (Dimitris Arabadjis, Melanie Gau, and Ségolène Tarte)
- Relevance to Society (Wendy Scase, Eyal Ofek, and Ophir Münz-Manor)

Open Problems (Tal Hassner, Malte Rehbein, Peter A. Stokes and Lior Wolf)

- Dimitris Arabadjisb=, National TU – Athens, GR
- Nachum Dershowitz, Tel Aviv University, IL
- Matthieu Exbrayat, Université d’Orleans, FR
- Shira Faigenbaum, Tel Aviv University, IL
- Melanie Gau, TU Wien, AT
- Tal Hassner, Open University – Israel, IL [Workshop co-organiser]
- R. Manmatha, University of Massachusets – Amherst, US
- Ophir Münz-Manor, The Open University of Israel – Raanan, IL
- Eyal Ofek, Microsoft Res. – Redmond, US
- Micalis Panagopoulos, Ionian University – Corfu, GR
- Robert Sablatnig, TU Wien, AT
- Wendy Scase, University of Birmingham, GB
- Timothy Stinson, North Carolina State Univ., US
- Peter A. Stokes, King’s College London, GB [Workshop co-organiser]
- Dominique Stutzmann, CNRS – Paris, FR
- Ségolène Tarte, University of Oxford, GB
- Lior Wolf Tel Aviv, University, IL [Workshop co-organiser]

Dr Peter Stokes
Senior Lecturer
Department of Digital Humanities
King's College London
Room 218, 2nd Floor
26-29 Drury Lane
London, WC2B 5RL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2813
peter.stokes at kcl.ac.uk

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