Workshop 2 - Representing Texts: from Material to Digital

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The second workshop organised as part of the AHRC-IRC funded network: A Digital Framework for the Medieval Gaelic World.

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Workshop 2: Maynooth University, Ireland, 21–22 January 2021

Representing Texts: from Material to Digital will build on the results of the first workshop by focussing on a consideration of how different forms of representation (facsimile, photograph, diplomatic, critical edition, digital edition, database) have changed scholars’ perspectives on texts and their relationship to the originals.


Thursday 21st January

2 pm: Opening remarks (Deborah Hayden)

Session 1, 2.10–3.40 pm

Digital editing: methods, problems and impact

Chair: Deborah Hayden

Paul Russell (University of Cambridge): ‘Reflections on the Early Irish Glossaries Database (and Other Online Materials) in its Second Decade’

Beatrix Färber (CELT project, University College Cork): ‘Squaring the Circle? Electronic Editing and the Integrity of the Text’

Elliott Lash (Universität Göttingen): “Why the Minor Glosses Portion of CorPH is a Linguistic Database and not a Digital Edition”

3.40–4 pm: Break

Session 2, 4–5.30 pm

The capture and markup of texts

Chair: David Stifter

Chris Yocum (Independent Scholar): ‘IrishGen: Capture Structure within Texts’

Fangzhe Qiu (University College Dublin): ‘Capturing Linguistic Changes in Early Irish Texts: Variation Tagging in CorPH’

Martina Maher & Eystein Thanisch (Faclair na Gàidhlig, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig): ‘Hand-crafted: the Manual Capture of a Corpus of Tagged Gaelic Manuscript Texts and its Potential’

Friday 22nd January

Session 3: 11 am–12.30 pm

Chair: Jo Tucker

Techniques of data extraction, visualisation and analysis

Bernhard Bauer (ChronHib project, Maynooth University): ‘(Semi-)automatised Transcription of Medieval Manuscripts: Optical Character Recognition & Handwritten Text Recognition’

Pat Palmer, Deirdre Nic Chárthaigh & Evan Bourke (MACMORRIS project, Maynooth University): ‘Visualising Literary Patronage Networks in Gaelic Ireland c. 1550–1650’

Peter Stokes (École pratique des hautes études, Paris): ‘From Images to Information: Some Digital and Computational Approaches to Manuscript Studies’

12.30–1.30 pm: Lunch Break

Session 4: 1.30–2.30 pm

Roundtable discussion on the digitisation of Gaelic manuscript sources

Moderator: Greg Toner

Participants: Claire Breay (British Library); Barbara McCormick (Royal Irish Academy); Ulrike Hogg (National Library of Scotland); Anne Marie O’Brien (ISOS project, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies); Pádraig Ó Macháin (Watermarks in Irish Documents project, University College Cork)

2.30–2.40 pm: Break

Session 5: 2.45–3.30 pm

Presentation of the Corpus PalaeoHibernicum (CorPH) database by members of the Chronologicon Hibernicum project (Maynooth University)

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