Cybernetic Sources -- The Historical Sciences in the Age of Digitization

Chair: Mark Schneider



List of participants


Mark Schneider
Instead of an introduction: Some remarks on digitization with East-Asian writing systems
Camillo Formigatti
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Vanja Štefanec
Natural language processing in philological research

Abstract


Libraries are digitized and put online, respectable publishing houses make their products availabe on homepages, historical documents or literary works are photographed, digitized and presented to the general public. Important sources are text-genetically analyzed and electronically edited, seminal Western dictionaries are input in China, made searchable and sold on CD-ROM or made accessible on University servers. The international scientific community has never been so closely linked, never has there been so much material available to so many researchers of the Historical Sciences. It sounds like a Garden of Eden.
So, is all sunshine and roses, or are there one or two snakes hidden in the branches? What are the new methods we can bring to bear on our sources? Do the new possibilities make our life easier, and produce better results? Are modern researchers really in a better position to do their work than their colleagues of a generation ago? Or are there new obstacles, new problems to consider? These are some of the questions we want to address in this panel.


Call for papers


We invite papers dealing with topics relating to above questions. The geographical focus need not be limited to South-Asia. Indeed, Researchers on exotic fields such as Japan, the Islamic World or Italian History would be warmly welcomed.