16.376 MLA session on Mining Digital Resources

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 376.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                         Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

             Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 10:59:08 +0000
             From: "Malcolm Hayward" <mhayward@iup.edu>
             Subject: Re: 16.373 Computer-related sessions at the MLA 2002

    If you are in New York for the 2002 MLA, you may be interested in Session
    334. Computer Studies in Language and Literature Discussion Group Session:
    Mining Digital Resources. Saturday 28 December. 7:15-8:30 pm, Concourse B,

    The panel&#8217;s focus is on recent work in computer-related studies,
    particularly those that might be useful for future work, hence the title,
    &#8220;Mining Digital Resources.&#8221; I will provide here the titles and
    a brief note on the proposed materials for the presentations.

    Chair: Malcolm Hayward (mhayward@iup.edu)

        David Holmes (dholmes@TCNJ.edu), &#8220;A Widow and Her Soldier: A
    Stylometric Analysis of the Pickett Letters&#8221;
        David provides a statistical analysis of the Pickett letters in order to
    find who actually wrote them, Pickett or Pickett&#8217;s wife, as an
    example of the possibilities of stylometric analyses.

        Perry Willet (pwillett@indiana.edu), &#8220;&#8217;A Bibliographical
    Impossibility&#8217;&#8221;: Wright American Fiction 1851-1875
        Perry describes the &#8220;Wright American Fiction Project,&#8221; a
    collaborative effort of 9 midwest universities, to digitize the 3,000 works
    of (mostly forgotten) American fiction from 1851-1875, and discusses the
    implications of this on-line resource for scholars of the period.

        Susan Schreibman (ss423@umail.umd.edu), &#8220;Mining Deeply Encoded
    Text: The Versioning Machine&#8221;
        Susan will demonstrate an open-source XML editing and display tool
    called The Versioning Machine that is being developed at The Maryland
    Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) which will be freely
    available for scholarly use. This tool will enable the display of multiple
    witnesses of deeply-encoded text on the World Wide Web and will discuss the
    work of Peter Robinson on text editing in a computer environment.

        Clifford Wulfman (cwulfman@perseus.tufts.edu), &#8220;The Perseus
    Garner: A Testbed for Digitized Early Modern Resources&#8221;
        Clifford&#8217;s paper will present the Perseus Garner, a digital
    archive of materials from and pertaining to the early modern period,
    describe the unique features of the collection and the tools it provides,
    and raise questions about the utility of resources like the Perseus Garner
    for various kinds of literary research.

        Respondent: Peter Robinson (peter.robinson@dmu.ac.uk)
        Peter will respond to the papers and will remark briefly on his latest

        A business meeting of the Discussion Group (place to be announced at the
    panel) will follow, to which all are invited.

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