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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 835: Networked Data: Collecting, Managing, and Analysing Relational Data in Medieval Studies, II

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Centrum pro digitální výzkum náboženství / Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET), Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Organisers:Robert Shaw, Oriel College, University of Oxford
David Zbíral, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Moderator/Chair:Davor Salihović, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Paper 835-aGeographical Assertions: Applying the STAR Model to Record Perceptions of Place and Space
(Language: English)
Tara L. Andrews, Institut für Klassische Philologie, Universität Bern
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Computing in Medieval Studies
Paper 835-bGleanings from Applications for the Graph-Based Exploration of Cultural Heritage Collections
(Language: English)
Marten Düring, Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary & Digital History (C²DH), Université du Luxembourg
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Computing in Medieval Studies

The growth of the digital humanities and the increasing accessibility of computational methods offer many tantalizing possibilities for the study of the past, including the Middle Ages. But in order to deploy the analytical techniques offered by these developments, we face a fundamental challenge: the capture of structured data from and concerning our sources, whether they be texts, images or other artifacts of material culture. Given that historical study is founded on the careful, nuanced handling of sources, this represents a significant challenge. Approaches to data capture that focus on complex relationality - i.e. on the relation of elements within or concerning the source to one another - now offer new opportunities to face this challenge head on, and even to add new dimensions to source-criticism. This panel looks at a number of such approaches, how medievalists can deploy them with particular types of sources, and their advantages for study.