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The Born Digital Record of the Writing Process: Discussing Concepts of Representation for the Digital Scholarly Edition

October 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am7:30 pm

Pre-conference workshop of the DiXiT 3 / ESTS 2016 conference, taught by Thorsten Ries (UGent), hosted by the Centre for Manuscript Genetics at the University of Antwerp.


In its first part, the workshop gives a hands-on introduction to digital forensic analysis of hard drives for born digital traces of the writing process with different constructed case scenarios. The hands-on experience serves as a foundation for a moderated group discussion about how the specific materiality of the digital historical record can be read in philological terms of the critique génétique, how this changes our ideas about text production and consequently the requirements and understanding of representation of the genetic digital born record in a documentary / genetic DSE.

The hands-on workshop will introduce participating archivists, philologists and researchers from the humanities into forensic imaging of hard drives, inspection and analysis of forensic images. Two phases of analysis of the process will be covered during the workshop: a) forensic imaging, triage and preservation of hard drives in the archive and b) philological recovery of textual versions of a writing process from a digital forensic image (mounting, inspection of temporary files, undelete, file carving, drive slack analysis, timeline analysis, grep) and by low-level inspection of files (fast save artifacts, RSID-tags). Depending on participants’ interest other scenarios, e.g. cloud services, can also be addressed. To avoid legal issues, participants will work with forensic images created for this workshop’s training purposes with Christian Moch’s Forensig forensic image generator (Moch 2009, Moch Freiling 2009).


The workshop aims at an audience with average user skills, e.g. archivists with no or little prior knowledge of forensic computing.


The participants are required to bring their own laptop, with forensic software installed before the start of the workshop. More information on how to install which software will be provided to registered participants.


October 4, 2016
8:00 am – 7:30 pm
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Hof van Liere
Prinsstraat 13
Antwerpen, 2000 Belgium
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