Encoding and Analysis, and Encoding as Analysis, in Textual Editing

Start: Nov 14, 2018 05:30 PM
End: Nov 14, 2018 07:30 PM

Location: G31, Foster Court Malet Place London WC1E 7JG

UCLDH seminar series

This talk will examine methods of text encoding and text analysis as complementary activities that can generate research questions and facilitate more expansive digital editions and critical archives. Using examples from my work on a digital ‘fluid-text’ edition of Herman Melville’s Billy Budd for the Melville Electronic Library and text analyses of marked books for his virtual library at Melville’s Marginalia Online, the seminar will explore how the traditions of textual scholarship shape our computational methodology, and how digital research has re-oriented traditional editorial workflows.

Digital text mining and analysis is already widely used for studying large data sets, but editing and text analysis of smaller sets of data can also create new avenues of scholarship. Markup and text analysis can and should be treated as complementary activities planned together from the beginning of a project rather than as separate tasks.

All welcome and there will be drinks and discussion after the talk. Attendance is free but we kindly ask that you register for the event.

This event is organised by UCLDH, which is part of the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies.


Dr Christopher Ohge is Lecturer in Digital Approaches to Literature at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies. His research interests include scholarly editing and textual studies; nineteenth and twentieth century literature; digital humanities.