Collaborative Text Editing

In Association with eSI Thematic Programme: e-Science in the Arts and Humanities

20 June, 2007 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

e-Science Institute, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh

Organiser: Stuart Dunn
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    Gabriel Bodard
    King's College London

      Open Source Critical (= Transparent, Technically Explicit, and Collaborative) Editions

      The interest I have in collaborative research is focussed on the question of protocols and standards for creating edited texts in useful digital format. I shall consider these issues under the general label of "Open Source Critical Editions", a term which I shall briefly explain. "Open Source" is a reference to publishing and making transparent the source code as well as the source data for the decisions, with the explicit expectation that this be reused and recirculated by future studies and editions. "Critical" indicates the assumption that these digital texts are not only critically respectably, but contain explicit machine-actionable indication of the scholarly thinking and evidence behind the decisions presented. "Editions" is not an entirely neutral term either, as it may encompass eclectic editions of multiple manuscripts, for example, as well as detailed transcriptions of individual witnesses and even unique textual objects such as papyri, inscriptions, coins, etc. I shall touch on the implications of collaborative editing and annotation of such texts, and I shall also consider some models of attribution for such work (the detailed mechanisms of both of these issues will be discussed in more detail by Juan Garces.)

    Juan Garces
    British Library

    Jean Carletta
    University of Edinburgh

      The AMI Meeting Corpus

      The AMI Meeting Corpus contains 100 hours of meetings captured using many synchronized recording devices, and is designed to support work in speech and video processing, language engineering, corpus linguistics, and organizational psychology. It has been transcribed orthographically, with annotated subsets for everything from named entities, dialogue acts, and summaries to simple gaze and head movement. Much of the annotation was created using the NITE XML Toolkit, which allows a distributed set of users to create, store, browse, and search annotations for the same base data that are both time-aligned against signal and related to each other structurally. I will describe the process of designing and creating this complex data set, how we are encouraging it to grow, and the technical challenges this presents for its future maintenance.

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