A day of a DH programmer

A day of a digital humanist is a very busy one. So that is why I found time to write about it only at the end of my working day. My day started with a skype-telephony with my colleagues from the University of Wuppertal. We discussed tools we have been developing over the last year for creating a sophisticated critical edition. The first tool is called Transcribo. It helps scholars to transcribe complicated manuscripts. Here one can load a scan of a manuscript and while transcribing it, one can create critical annotations with GUI. As product one gets a TEI-similar XML-file with all needed critical annotations. Another piece of software that we are using is called FUD. It is a database for scholarly projects to collect both data and files.

After the lunch break I have been working on planning a program for digital collating. Collating is a method, where scholars compare two or more witnesses of the same text. Meanwhile there are some tools, which do this job for you. However a computer program gets confuse, when witnesses differ too much or if there are too big gaps. Therefore I have been working on planning of software, which can first determine which text parts belong together and then compare these text parts in order to get differences. Now my working day ends. Looking back, I notice it was very interesting. If you have questions or any other ideas, just feel free to comment. Bye!