Winter Semester 2015/2016

Digital Philology (DH.DP)


The goal of this course is to instruct MA and MSc students in producing critical editions in the digital age and learning advanced principles of digital philology and textual criticism. The course is part of the program developed by the Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Digital Humanities at the University of Leipzig and aims at providing teaching on the transition from pre-digital to digital philology. The course is addressed to both humanists, who are interested in learning and addressing topics for digital scholarly editing, and to computer scientists who need to learn methodologies and reference tools for understanding scholarly editions in their original contexts and make appropriate encoding decisions.

A part of the course (2 SWS) is run as seminars in class and offers students the possibility to learn different tools and methods for producing digital critical editions and new models of publications, including an open editions workflow with OCR and data entry, markup techniques (TEI XML and EpiDoc), named entities recognition, text reuse and allusion detection, linguistic annotations and translation alignments. Needs and practical issues are shown with examples from concrete digital projects concerning text reuse, editions of historical texts, manuscripts and inscriptions.

The other part of the course (2 SWS) is run through distance learning via Moodle and Perseids, which is a collaborative platform developed by the Perseus Project for editing and annotating source documents in Classics. This part is devoted to practical problems in digital editing and criticism, with a special focus on Greek and Latin sources. The course gives MA and MSc students the opportunity to learn methods for representing research and editorial workflows that can be applied to many different kinds of source documents, and to participate in a collaborative environment that allows to work in teams, produce original scholarly work and therefore contribute to define and support a new model of open philology in a born digital environment.


By taking this course MA and MSc students will get skills and competences in digital scholarly editing and computational analysis of complex historical sources. They will also learn to work in a collaborative environment. Humanists will learn the impact of new media on both the development and communication of research data, so that new categories of research data allow them to pose new questions and develop new insights when dealing with literary and historical texts. Computer scientists will learn issues and needs of digital scholary editing and publishing, in order to address and solve research questions related to the digital humanities and digital critical editions. Students will learn to interpret and classify historical and literary data, in order to implement digital editing workflows and to choose the best methods to solve research problems.

Course details

Course Name
Digital Philology (DH.DP)

Monica Berti

Class Meetings
Paulin P-402
Tuesdays 13:15-14:45

Teaching Assistant
Tariq Yousef


Advanced module for Master of Arts and Master of Computer Science

English level B2 or higher

Method of Teaching
– Seminar “Digital Philology” (2 SWS) = 30h attendance and 30h self-study
– Seminar on-line “Digital Philology” (2 SWS) = 30h attendance and 60h self-study
– Praktikum (0 SWS) = 150h Selbststudium

10 LP = 300 working hours