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).
Abstract 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 edition.
From a digital scholarly editing point of view, the project explores a particular way of editing historical documents (seen as a text characterised by its content) and representing the formal information, for instance about the above-mentioned deliberations, as structured data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.