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P-21: Cultural Heritage, Art/ifacts and Institutions
9:00am - 10:30am
Session Chair: Clifford Edward Wulfman
Location:Grote Zaal 1250 pax
Complexities in the Use, Analysis, and Representation of Historical Digital Periodicals
Clifford Edward Wulfman1, Sinai Rusinek2, Zef Segal3, Nanette Rißler-Pipka4, Sarah Ketchley5, Torsten Roeder6, Estelle Bunout7, Marten Düring7
1Princeton University Library, United States of America; 2Haifa University and the Open University, Israel; 3The Program of Digital Humanities, Haifa University; 4Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; 5University of Washington, United States of America; 6Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences, Halle, Germany; 7The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History
The theme of this conference is complexities, and there are few printed media as complex as newspapers and magazines. They are, generally, serial publications (and thus have a complex temporal dimension not often found in other publications), frequently with miscellaneous content and complex page layout, and often entailing complex publication relationships among authors, editors, and publishers.
This panel showcases the complexity of periodical studies and the many ways digital technologies enable them today. Although most text-based scholars (literature, history, sociology, cultural studies) seldom venture beyond the downloaded PDF and token search, some have begun to engage digital textuality in more complex and sophisticated ways, and these engagements have exposed some of the limitations of standard approaches to digitization, which often focus on graphical user interfaces to page images and the production of efficient inverted indexes at the expense of the periodical corpus.