Monthly Archives: May 2012

eTRACES Sponsor Meeting, May 07./08. 2012 (Leipzig)

ABSTRACTS (arranged alphabetically)

Marco Büchler, University of Leipzig : eTRACES/ASV
Since quoting never happens by chance, but always with a positive (agreeing)
or negative (disagreeing) purpose, we propose to use text re-use techniques
for the quantitative generation of text re-use graphs. We also try to identify
“hotly” quoted passages of a work, which are used for scoring an information
retrieval result. This work is based on the Perseus Digital Library.

Mark Hedges, King’s College London : Digital Publication of highly interconnected Manuscripts: the Case of mediaeval Greek and Arabic Gnomologia
The production of digital critical text editions using the TEI standard, and their
publication on the Web, is now a widely-adopted procedure in the digital
humanities community. This talk extends this approach to address the
publication of gnomologia, or anthologies of wise sayings, which formed a
widespread literary genre in many of the mediaeval Mediterranean cultures.
The challenge of these texts arises from the fact that they were rarely copied,
resulting in a highly-interconnected corpus for which this standard approach to
digital publication is insufficient. Focusing on Greek and Arabic collections, we
address this challenge using semantic web techniques to build up an
ecosystem of relationships, and consider a new model of what constitutes an
edition of this material.

Gerhard Lauer, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen : eTRACES/GCDH
The GCDH subproject analyzes text re-use in German literature and is focused
on detecting re-use of the bible. The aim of the project is to show how many
and which types of textual re-use of a set of different bible editions can (and
can’t) be found using the Text-Mining-software. For our test cases the texts are
taken from the, especially the novels. But also any other text
under a creative commons license a user would like to upload could be used.
The results will be provided to the public in a freely accessible web-based
frontend, designed to provide a virtual research environment not only to find
and comment these results, but also to complement them with your own
findings. The talk will present and demonstrate a mock-up of the front end and
discuss problems of a typology of text re-use.

Brigitte Mathiak, GESIS – Leibniz institute for the Social Sciences, Bonn : eTRACES/GESIS
The GESIS part of the eTRACES project is about citation traces in German
social scientific texts. The last year was spent mostly on data cleansing and
the annotation of the texts. For next year, we are planning exciting analysis on
the motivation and sentiment of citations. We are presenting our first
prototype, [histo]Suche, which allows us to do a full text search on the
cleaned documents. Our next use case will be the CitationRecommender that
uses sentiment analysis and citation context to find good additional citation for
an author.

Laurence Mellerin, Institut des Sources Chrétiennes, CNRS, Lyon: Biblindex, Online Index of Biblical Quotations in Early Christian Literature
Biblindex (, a project led by the French Institut
des Sources Chrétiennes with the support of the Peshitta Institute of Leiden
University and the Institut für neutestamentliche Forschung in Münster, aims
at the constitution of an online index of biblical references to be found in
Jewish and Christian literature, as well as in Western and Eastern texts of Late
Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, in order to renew the study of the
interpretation and history of biblical texts.

Ute Pietruschka, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg: In the hunt for lost sayings: Parallels and translation technique in Syriac and Arabic gnomologia
The study of Greek gnomologia is based on the basic assumption that parallels
exist only if we can observe a close correspondence of sayings in wording and
syntax. Dealing with sayings in different languages, however, the researcher
has to decide, whether the passage in question is a parallel or a variant
different from the Vorlage. The analysis of the translation technique is
therefore of particular importance in order to outline the transmission of
collections of sayings in Greek, Syriac, and Arabic.

Andrea Scharnhorst, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam: Digital traces of scholarship – from classical bibliometrics to new tasks for information providers
This talks give a short introduction into bibliometrics – the quantitative study
of scholarly communication – and its more modern forms (webometrics and
altmetrics). It discusses the role of standardization in large-scale data mining
about scientific activities. It addresses problems such as “tracing authors” and
“identifying fields”. The talk closes with discussing the role of information
providers such as archives for a cartography of science and a better navigation
in the scientific landscape.

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