Schroeder, Caroline T. and Zeldes, Amir - A Collaborative Ecosystem for Digital Coptic Studies

jdmdh:5969 - Journal of Data Mining & Digital Humanities, September 23, 2020, Special Issue on Collecting, Preserving, and Disseminating Endangered Cultural Heritage for New Understandings through Multilingual Approaches
A Collaborative Ecosystem for Digital Coptic Studies

Authors: Schroeder, Caroline T. and Zeldes, Amir

Scholarship on underresourced languages bring with them a variety of challenges which make access to the full spectrum of source materials and their evaluation difficult. For Coptic in particular, large scale analyses and any kind of quantitative work become difficult due to the fragmentation of manuscripts, the highly fusional nature of an incorporational morphology, and the complications of dealing with influences from Hellenistic era Greek, among other concerns. Many of these challenges, however, can be addressed using Digital Humanities tools and standards. In this paper, we outline some of the latest developments in Coptic Scriptorium, a DH project dedicated to bringing Coptic resources online in uniform, machine readable, and openly available formats. Collaborative web-based tools create online 'virtual departments' in which scholars dispersed sparsely across the globe can collaborate, and natural language processing tools counterbalance the scarcity of trained editors by enabling machine processing of Coptic text to produce searchable, annotated corpora.


Volume: Special Issue on Collecting, Preserving, and Disseminating Endangered Cultural Heritage for New Understandings through Multilingual Approaches
Published on: September 23, 2020
Submitted on: December 12, 2019
Keywords: Computer Science - Computation and Language,Computer Science - Digital Libraries


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