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Uncertainty in Manuscript Technologies the Potential of Computational Tools
Tuesday, June 8 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Elaine Treharne, Stanford University
The University of Birmingham/Trinity College Dublin Digital Research Partnership is running a lecture series on the theme of ‘Trust and Authority in the Digital Age’. The UoB/TCD partnership has been researching one of the central questions in the digital world: how can we know whom and what to trust when there is so much information available? The next lecture in the series will be:
Those who work with early technologies of text deal with the most comprehensive set of uncertainties about the principal objects of their study. In this lecture, I’ll talk about the nature of these uncertainties and the kinds of expectations that scholars might realistically have of computational and digital tools and methods.
It is urgent that humanists working with cultural heritage objects—by which I mean all those things in archives, museums, special and private collections, galleries—address how we can best express current challenges and opportunities. How can we persuade potential collaborators to engage in research on these objects at scale? Broaden the focus of our collective efforts to include a greater appreciation of the importance of the human record? To lay out clearly what’s at stake?
Moving forward will take more than one scholar, one team, one institution, one tradition of writing: it will take a multitude of partners and the ability to scale up research and to deploy automated processes beneficially; and it requires an extension of the global archive to amplify the rich and varied voices that make up the human experience.