DiXiT Workshop Encoding pre-modern writing systems

DiXiT Network

Workshop information

These are the materials of my workshop Encoding pre-modern writing systems, DigiLab La Sapienza, Rome, 4 December 2014 (2.30 - 7.00 PM). My workshop is part of the DiXiT Network event The scholarly digital edition and the Humanities. Theoretical approaches and alternative tools (announcement, flyer, programme).

The workshop plan and all materials are available below. This is a quick link to the main slideshow only.


English abstract

The workshop consists in a critical analysis of the question of digital encoding of primary sources whose writing systems are previous to the normalisaton brought about by the technology of print. The participants will produce a digital transcription of some lines of a Latin manuscript, analyse the relevant XML/TEI P5 guidelines, merely based on the application of Unicode, and explore alternative methods aiming to implement the "table of signs" theorised by Tito Orlandi.

Abstract in italiano

Il workshop intende analizzare criticamente la questione della codifica digitale di fonti primarie scritte con sistemi alfabetici e glifici precedenti alla normalizzazione indotta dalla stampa. Partendo dalla trascrizione digitale di una breve porzione di un manoscritto latino, i partecipanti rifletteranno sull'approccio XML/TEI P5, legato esclusivamente all'utilizzo di Unicode, ed esploreranno approcci alternativi, orientati all'implementazione della "tabella dei segni" teorizzata da Tito Orlandi.

Workshop plan and materials

1. Hands-on: transcribing the Codex Salmasianus

2. Talk: Saussure (problem setting)

3. Hands-on: encoding a "table of signs" with TEI P5 Gaiji

4. Talk: The Vespa Project Prototype

5. Round table: looking for solutions