Humanities on the web: medieval world
Edited By Lourdes Soriano, Helen Rovira, Marion Coderch and Gloria Sabaté
This book reveals the current state of advanced research in the field of Humanities, introducing some of the leading projects being carried out in Europe and in the Unites States by historians and philologists. These research projects have to do with corpora of medieval Romance texts (literary or linguistic), metric indexes, databases on manuscripts, printed copies, iconographic sources, digitalisations of old collections or catalogues in the main research institutions. This volume shows the last advances in the dissemination of research outcomes through the Internet.
This volume contains contributions in English, Catalan, Spanish, Italian and French.
Charles B. FAULHABER (University of California. Berkeley)
PhiloBiblon, Information Technology, and Medieval Spanish Literature: A Balance Sheet
This paper brings up to date my ‘Desiderata para el estudio de las literaturas hispánicas medievales’, in Medioevo y literatura. Actas del V Congreso de la Asociación Hispánica de Literatura Medieval (Granada, 27 septiembre – 1 octubre 1993), ed. by Juan Paredes, 4 vols. (Granada: Universidad de Granada, 1995, I, pp. 93-107. It begins with a succinct history of the development of PhiloBiblon from its origins at the University of Wisconsin as the Bibliography of Old Spanish Texts (BOOST) in 1975 to its current implementation as an online multilingual database (Catalan, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician). In the future PhiloBiblon will be enriched, most importantly, through first-hand inspection of primary sources and by making use of the increasing number of secondary and tertiary sources now available on line. This leads to a consideration of the current state of information technology and medieval studies. The internet has revolutionized the way most scholars conduct research but it has not yet led to any significant change in he distribution of scholarship: the printed book is still coin of the realm, especially in Spain, where digital scholarship simply does not count in the evaluation of méritos. The paper then reviews the kinds of information resources currently available on the web, e. g., union catalogs of printed books and manuscripts, digital libraries of texts and facsimiles, generally from a given institution....