What is Interedition?

Interedition is a COST Action; our aim is to promote the interoperability of the tools and methodology we use in the field of digital scholarly editing and research.

What does that mean?

There are a great many researchers out there in the field of textual scholarship. Some of you have written some amazing computer tools in the course of your research, and others of you could benefit greatly if these tools were openly available. The primary purpose of Interedition is to facilitate this contact—to encourage the creators of tools for textual scholarship to make their functionality available to others, and to promote communication between scholars so that we can raise awareness of innovative working methods.

Why should we do that?

Lack of IT capacity and sustainability are major threats to the continuity of our digital research sources, tools, and results. We want to network as much digital effort in our field as possible to create a common strong, supportive, interoperated mesh of our technologies that will eventually self sustain.

13th Bootcamp: A DSL for Text Modeling

Interedition has the pleasure of inviting all interested scholars and developers to participate in the upcoming Bootcamp to be held on the occasion of the 2012 conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (http://ests2012.huygens.knaw.nl/). This bootcamp will be held from 21 until 24 November 2012 at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands in The Hague.

Challenge

Computational models of text in the digital humanities are strongly informed by the technological basis which practitioners in the field choose to process them. Such technological bases may be found in XML-based technologies employed for encoding, processing and delivering digital texts. They may be found in alternatives like the Resource Description Format (RDF), string-/range-based models or network/graph-oriented approaches. Which ever: each of these technological frameworks shape the way we construct and (in the end) conduct computations on digital texts. While the family of XML-related tools forms an ecosystem which does not only include an encoding standard but also offers a manifold of options for processing XML-encoded data (XPath, XQuery, XSLT, XProc etc.), alternatives often fall short of providing easy-to-use, practical solutions for the digital humanist when it comes to leveraging the advantages of such complementary approaches.

This particular bootcamp therefore sets a formidable challenge: can the contours of an alternative, domain specific language (DSL) for the flexible processing of texts (beyond the constraints of e.g. XML) be defined and the beginnings of a reference implementation be designed and constructed in mere days?

Interedition offers a limited number of bursaries to potential participants to support attending this bootcamp.

More information is in the full call for participation.

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