Intensive 5-day entry level hands-on course on making digital editions of analogue and born-digital texts. In this course, participants will acquire a set of basic computer skills such as XML and handwritten text recognition to design a TEI-compatible Digital Scholarly Edition and deploy keystroke logging technology to record and analyse born-digital texts.
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Digital Scholarly editing, theory and practice, HTR, XML
We will start the week with the theoretical background of digital scholarly editing and handwritten text recognition.
On the second day, we will recap what we have learned about HTR, and we will focus more specifically on the workflow in Transkribus. Then, we will do a creative exercise: writing a short story by hand. This will be the material to work with during the day as we will run the HTR model to ‘transcribe’ your own handwriting. In the end, we will export the results in TEI-XML.
Inputlog, keystroke logging, TEI-XML
On the third day, we will build upon the creative exercise of Tuesday: we will revise the short story on the computer and logging the writing process with a keystroke logger. We will then use these keystroke logging files to learn the basic technologies involved in making a (genetic) digital edition. As a first step, we will encode all the textual operations (e.g., new text production, additions, deletions) in TEI-XML together with the timestamps of each operation. These XML files will be used the next day as we move on to the visualisation of the reconstructions of the digital writing processes.
eXist-db app, HTML, CSS
On the fourth day, we will learn the basics of working with eXist-db. After jointly installing eXist-db, we will use a pre-made eXist-db application, which can visualise the keystroke logging transcription. In the afternoon we will visit a museum.
XPath, XSLT, HTML, CSS
On the last day, we will build upon what we have learned in the eXist-db session to visualise the writing process. We will learn the basics of XPath and XSLT as well as HTML and CSS, to make modifications to the existing visualisation. We will end the day with a final discussion.