19.697 text-analytic fantasies and realities

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2006 09:19:34 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 697.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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   [1] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (17)
         Subject: an actual allegorical map?

   [2] From: "Matt Kirschenbaum" <mkirschenbaum_at_gmail.com> (32)
         Subject: Re: 19.694 text-analytic fantasies and realities

         Date: Thu, 06 Apr 2006 08:28:03 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: an actual allegorical map?

To Espen Ore's question, of whether I am inclined to sketch an actual
map to correspond to the allegorical vision I described for an
intellectual landscape, the answer is no -- I lack the talent. But I
sincerely hope that someone here will be inspired to draw such a map
and make it generally available. Some here will know that Harold
Short and I developed a map for all of the digital humanities. It has
proven *very* effective in talks around the world to illustrate what
we're going on about. A more specialised map, perhaps like my
Bunyanesque vision (http://www.ccel.org/ccel/bunyan/pilgrim.i.html),
would do similar good for many of us scholarly pilgrims.

My thanks to Hugh Craig for reminding me of my indebtedness to Bunyan.


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         Date: Thu, 06 Apr 2006 08:29:31 +0100
         From: "Matt Kirschenbaum" <mkirschenbaum_at_gmail.com>
         Subject: Re: 19.694 text-analytic fantasies and realities

> >--[2]------------------------------------------------------------------
> > Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2006 06:55:46 +0100
> > From: Pat Galloway <galloway_at_ischool.utexas.edu>
> > > >
> >Why not just instrument an author experimentally and "watch" her
> >composing digitally? It would certainly be worth a single experiment
> >with a willing author. The main problem would be preserving the
> >resulting files and logs in a functional state long enough to analyze
> >them, and even that could be achieved if the author in question could
> >be persuaded to use an open-source writing platform.
> Better yet, could you convince authors to work on their own personal
> wiki? That
> way we could track the edits and the final product at the same time.
> But this
> would not capture notes, cuts and paste to the website etc.
> I bet Margaret Atwood would go for this.

I've collected several dozen participants for a "creative versioning"
project that would work by having writers check their documents in and
out of a CVS:


Just have to find the time to get it all set up. Matt

Matthew Kirschenbaum
Assistant Professor of English
Acting Associate Director,
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland
301-405-8505 or 301-314-7111 (fax)
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