The role of markup in the digital humanities

Schmidt, Desmond (2012) The role of markup in the digital humanities. Historical Social Research, 37(3), pp. 125-146.

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The digital humanities are growing rapidly in response to a rise in Internet use. What humanists mostly work on, and which forms much of the contents of our growing repositories, are digital surrogates of originally analog artefacts. But is the data model upon which many of those surrogates are based – embedded markup – adequate for the task? Or does it in fact inhibit reusability and flexibility? To enhance interoperability of resources and tools, some changes to the standard markup model are needed. Markup could be removed from the text and stored in standoff form. The versions of which many cultural heritage texts are composed could also be represented externally, and computed automatically. These changes would not disrupt existing data representations, which could be imported without significant data loss. They would also enhance automation and ease the increasing burden on the modern digital humanist.

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ID Code: 52648
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Keywords: standoff markup, textual variation, cultural heritage texts
ISSN: 0172-6404
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DATA FORMAT (080400) > Markup Languages (080404)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies (200102)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Information Security Institute
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften in Köln
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Deposited On: 23 Jul 2012 22:20
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2015 05:56

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