A series of talks on Digital Humanities
Digitizing the Past: Prague Talks on Digital Humanities
Join us for a series of 45-minute talks by European scholars and experts who will discuss their projects and methods in Digital Humanities and talk about the challenges and opportunities they represent.
Programme in May:
25 May, 2022, 2 PM CET
Roman Bleier (Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and
Humanities and Centre for Information Modelling at the University of Graz).
Florian Zeilinger (Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences
and Humanities - currently, and University of Graz, May 20 – June 30)
Digital Scholarly Editions and historians: editing the records of the
Imperial Diet of 1576 (ONLINE).
A team of researchers at the Historical Commission at the Bavarian Academy of
Sciences and Humanities and the University of Graz are developing a digital
scholarly edition of the records documenting the Imperial Diet (Reichstag) of
Regensburg in 1576. At the Imperial Diet, between June and October 1576,
Emperor Maximilian II and more than 200 representatives of the imperial estates
(Reichsstände) of the Holy Roman Empire discussed and decided about the
political fate of Central Europe. The numerous meetings and deliberations at the
Imperial Diet are of central interest to the ongoing project and new digital
From a digital scholarly editing point of view, the project explores a particular
way of editing historical documents (seen as a text characterised by its content)
and representing the formal information, for instance about the above-mentioned
deliberations, as structured data in RDF. This kind of editing is a further
development of editing practices used by historians–in a recent article Georg
Vogeler suggested the name “assertive edition”.
Our presentation will explore this editing approach in context of the Imperial Diet
́s records edition. We will discuss how we have edited the historical records and
semantically enriched them with TEI markup, how we extract “facts” in form of
RDF triples, and how we combine the edited texts with a database. This approach
allows us to access the Imperial Diet of 1576 as a bundle of communication
events and thereby opens it up for historiographical research interested in
content, communication and procedures.
To join this lecture please register at https://bit.ly/register-bleier.