On 4 October 2016, the day before the conference, the Centre for Manuscript Genetics will host three pre-conference workshops in the conference venue. Participation in these workshops is free, but registration is required. And since spaces are limited, early registration is strongly encouraged.

Workshop 1: Digital Scholarly Editing and Textual Criticism (Organized by DiXiT)

Full day workshop. Time: 11:00 – 16:30. 

The production of digital critical editions is a crucial issue for anyone working on texts written in pre-modern times, philologists, historians, philosophers etc. Yet, there are many different practices, and concepts behind the digital representation of a critical apparatus are difficult to grasp. Besides, there are still very little tools supporting the creation and processing of digital critical editions.

The workshop includes talks and presentations by philologists and DH specialists introducing and discussing the very nature of critical editions as well as the digital representation of a critical apparatus. Furthermore, the state-of-the-art in terms of automatic collation tools and methods for processing and publishing digital critical editions will be assessed.


11.00 Welcome coffee, Opening

11.15-11.45 Caroline Macé – Jost Gippert: What type of (digital) scholarly edition for what type of textual tradition?
11.45-12.15 Armin Hoenen: Digital Stemmatological tools
12.15-12:35 Catherine Smith: Introducing the collation editor
12.35-13.15 Klaus Wachtel, Marcello Perathoner: Towards a global stemma of the Greek New Testament textual tradition: Methodological approach, technological issues and solutions

13.15 Lunch

14.15-14.45 Gioele Barabucci, Franz Fischer: CollateX and the formalization of textual Criticism – Bridging the gap between automated collation and edited critical texts
14.45-15.15 Marjorie Burghart, The TEI Critical Apparatus Toolbox: User-Empowerment with the TEI
15.15-15.45 Roberto Rosselli del Turco, tba

15:45-16:00 Coffee break

16.00-16.30 Discussion

WORKSHOP 2: Complexities of Project Logistics (ORGANIZED BY DIXIT)

Half day workshop. Time: 09:30 – 13:00

Typically, editorial projects – digital or non-digital – get funding for a limited time span, and that time span is usually not sufficient to edit and publish the source or body of sources that the project set out to publish. Often, more funding will be sought, but, as technology and time have moved on, and as one can’t reasonably just repeat the first grant application, the focus of a follow-up project will be slightly different. In a third step, one may ask for a neighbouring source collection to be included in the project, or a new tool added to the collection, dependent on what funders at that moment in time seem willing to support.

Projects may end up with multiple collections and datasets, digitized according to multiple standards using multiple (sometimes obsolete) technologies. Some may have started out on paper, and have ridden the waves of databases, HTML, CD-ROM, XML, mass digitisation approaches and Linked open data. Even projects that have consistently worked within a TEI framework may have had to ingest documents that use different TEI dialects. These technological complexities may be increased by constraints in overall planning and everyday workflow, including time and budget management, especially if there are cross-institutional collaborations, interdependencies on deliverables, strict deadlines, staff mobility etc. The workshop will discuss these and other complexities of project logistics.

  • Peter Boot (Huygens ING): workshop organiser
  • Thomas Stäcker (Herzog August Bibliothek): Fighting the Digital Quicksand – The Role of Research Libraries in Building up Reliable and Sustainable Infrastructures for Digital Editions.
  • Rik Hoekstra (Huygens ING): Changing editing policies of the States General of the United Dutch Provinces (1576-1796).
  • Jan Burgers (Huygens ING): Editing medieval charters in the digital age.
  • Martine de Bruin (Meertens Institute): tba.
  • Anna-Maria Sichani (Huygens ING) and James Smithies (Kings Digital Lab): Designing a Sustainable Future: An approach to the Assessment, Archiving and Preservation of Digital Projects.

WORKSHOP 3: The Born Digital Record of the Writing Process: Discussing Concepts of Representation for the Digital Scholarly Edition (ORGANIZED BY Thorsten Ries, UGent)

Half day workshop. Time: 14:00 – 17:30

In its first part, the workshop gives a hands-on introduction to digital forensic analysis of hard drives for born digital traces of the writing process with different constructed case scenarios. The hands-on experience serves as a foundation for a moderated group discussion about how the specific materiality of the digital historical record can be read in philological terms of the critique génétique, how this changes our ideas about text production and consequently the requirements and understanding of representation of the genetic digital born record in a documentary / genetic DSE.

The hands-on workshop will introduce participating archivists, philologists and researchers from the humanities into forensic imaging of hard drives, inspection and analysis of forensic images. Two phases of analysis of the process will be covered during the workshop: a) forensic imaging, triage and preservation of hard drives in the archive and b) philological recovery of textual versions of a writing process from a digital forensic image (mounting, inspection of temporary files, undelete, file carving, drive slack analysis, timeline analysis, grep) and by low-level inspection of files (fast save artifacts, RSID-tags). Depending on participants’ interest other scenarios, e.g. cloud services, can also be addressed. To avoid legal issues, participants will work with forensic images created for this workshop’s training purposes with Christian Moch’s Forensig forensic image generator (Moch 2009, Moch Freiling 2009).


The workshop aims at an audience with average user skills, e.g. archivists with no or little prior knowledge of forensic computing.


The participants are required to bring their own laptop, with forensic software installed before the start of the workshop. More information on how to install which software will be provided to registered participants.