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.
Not just Google. On the Quality of Medieval Research on the Web: Lino Leonardi
Not just Google. On the Quality of Medieval Research on the Web
Università di Siena / Fondazione Ezio Franceschini
Beyond presenting a specific database, I would like to dedicate my talk to a reflection on the theme of our conference, and to an idea that has grown out of this reflection for a project pertaining to medieval manuscripts on the internet, which we are currently working on in Florence.
Talking about the web, even in a discipline as narrow as the study of texts and medieval manuscripts, it is impossible to avoid referring to Google, to the habitual and by this point nearly irreplaceable companion to our online activity and thus to our scientific research. And I should offer it praise, naturally: its speed, efficiency, and multi-lingual capabilities; the digital resources available through Google library; and even Google scholar for its ‘measurement’ of our activity as academics (rather absurd, but it seems unavoidable for an evaluation of the standards of research that aims to be aseptic). I can limit this praise only because I can take the internet for granted: the benefits of a search engine like Google are obvious to all of us, they are part of our daily work.
More interesting, I think, is a discussion that highlights the problems Google’s powerful logic carries with itself. The fundamental issue lies in its treatment of complexity. When we talk about medieval manuscripts, we are talking about complex...
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