Rachele Ricceri ; Klaas Bentein ; Floris Bernard ; Antoon Bronselaer ; Els De Paermentier et al. - The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams Project: Principles, Challenges, Opportunities

jdmdh:10244 - Journal of Data Mining & Digital Humanities, June 29, 2023, On the Way to the Future of Digital Manuscript Studies - https://doi.org/10.46298/jdmdh.10244
The Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams Project: Principles, Challenges, OpportunitiesArticle

Authors: Rachele Ricceri ORCID1; Klaas Bentein ORCID1; Floris Bernard ORCID1; Antoon Bronselaer ORCID1; Els De Paermentier ORCID1; Pieterjan De Potter ORCID1; Guy De Tré ORCID1; Ilse De Vos ORCID1; Maxime Deforche ORCID1; Kristoffel Demoen ORCID1; Els Lefever ORCID1; Anne-Sophie Rouckhout 1; Colin Swaelens ORCID1

This paper presents an overview of the history, conceptualization, and development of the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams, an ongoing research project hosted at Ghent University. It also offers a glimpse into current and future research threads carried out within the project, with an eye on long-term sustainability. The first part of the paper pinpoints the position of DBBE within the broad field of Digital Humanities and addresses the question of how and why Byzantine metrical paratexts have been collected in an open-access online database. In the second part of the article, we describe the main features of the relational database currently available, both from the perspective of its users and from a technical point of view. The third section of the paper includes the description of four subprojects connected to DBBE, which at present involve the development of a graph database complementary to the relational one, the implementation of natural language pre-processing applied to the DBBE corpus, the linguistic analysis of formulaicity in book epigrams, and the exploration of the broad implications of the study of book epigrams for a better understanding of Byzantine book culture.

Volume: On the Way to the Future of Digital Manuscript Studies
Section: Project presentations
Published on: June 29, 2023
Accepted on: June 7, 2023
Submitted on: November 2, 2022
Keywords: Relational Database,Graph Database,Manuscript Studies,Byzantine Epigrams,Paratexts,Natural Language Processing,Formulaicity,[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences,[INFO]Computer Science [cs]

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