Wien[n]erisches Diarium digital: Networking networks in a digital application

The poster “Wien[n]erisches Diarium digital: Networking networks in a digital application” (co-authored with Claudia Resch & Daniel Schopper) will be presented at the 4th Historical Network Research conference 2017 at the University of Turku, Finland.

Location: University of Turku, Finland
Date: Oct 17-20, 2017

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See infos on the previous poster Wienerisches Diarium Digital: Unlocking a historic newspaper for interdisciplinary studies with the TEI Guidelines


This poster introduces the project Wien[n]erisches Diarium digital, a digital application of the Wien[n]erisches Diarium newspaper carried out by the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities in cooperation with the Institute for History of Art and Musicology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
The Wien[n]erisches Diarium was a periodical published in Vienna from 1703 onwards, which was renamed Wiener Zeitung in 1780 and still appears daily to this day. It was founded with support of the Austrian emperor’s court and is therefore a unique source for researchers of various historic disciplines due to its (intermittent) exclusive authorization to publish court reports and birth and death announcements as well as a valuable source for linguists interested in the historic development of the German language.
On the basis of Wien[n]erisches Diarium facsimiles provided in the context of the online portal ANNO of the Austrian National Library, a workflow is being developed to publish the newspaper in XML using TEI P5 markup and subsequently provide these files in a user-friendly web-application. In the course of the project, 500 selected issues of the newspaper from all decades of the 18th century will be transcribed using the handwritten text recognition tool Transkribus. Subsequently, the XML export will be enriched with structural markup using the oXygen XML editor. Here, a special focus will lie on the markup of various types of lists contained in the Wien[n]erisches Diarium, as they differ in structure and change over the course of time.
These lists, their markup as well as other semantic markup (for places, time(periods) and persons) and the processing of this markup will be the focus of this presentation. By marking up these entities, the subsequent processing of the XML files will allow to visualize the geographical and personal networks represented in the newspaper as well as their interconnections and their development over time.
By discussing period-specific challenges and limitations of these early modern textual resources, the presentation will describe the applied workflow and highlight potential benefits for various disciplines with a particular focus on the networks that will be extracted from the data to be collected.

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