ACO*HUM Textual Scholarship and Humanities Computing

Panel discussion on the ACO*HUM Project at the DRH '98 Conference

Glasgow, September 10, 1998

DRH Session 4, 17:00-18:30

Chair: Harold Short

Other participants: Astrid Wissenburg (King's College, London), Espen S. Ore (University of Bergen), Lisa-Lena Opas (University of Joensuu), Lou Burnard (Oxford University), Marilyn Deegan (Oxford University).

Espen S. Ore gave an overview of the Socrates ACO*HUM TN project. He described the project goals and its organisation in thematic area groups. He also showed how the ACO*HUM's work has been supported by the ALLC and how the HUMBUL (Humanities Bulletin board) at Oxford University is connecting information and links related to the ACO*HUM.

Lisa Lena Opas argued that Textual Scholarship is a broad field. However the teaching of Textual Scholarship and Humanities Computing varies largely not even between different universities but also between different departments at the same institution. One of areas where ACO*HUM could be of service was to establish an information central for ODL-work.

Lou Burnard made a point of the differences between critical editions, text establishing and non-critical editions. In any case, text encoding would be extremely important and so should be included in what is taught in TS & HC.

Marilyn Deegan took as her starting point work in Art History. The development of digital colour images makes not only distance teaching but also distance scholarship possible. It is important to build large scale digital data archives to provide data for research and scholarship.

Astrid Wissenburg described computer work in History. History uses (among other tools) tools for textual data and collections of texts, GIS, and images. At times it may seem as if historians and programmers don't communicate but this may not be an unsolvable problem. There is development of the use of computers in History, and both for teaching and research there is a need for a critical mass of digital resources.

The presentations were followed by discussion.

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