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HumaReC - Humanities Research and Continuous Publishing: a digital New Testament test-case

English title HumaReC - Humanities Research and Continuous Publishing: a digital New Testament test-case
Applicant Clivaz Claire
Number 169869
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Institut Suisse de Bioinformatique SIB SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
Institution of higher education Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics - SIB
Main discipline Religious studies, Theology
Start/End 01.10.2016 - 30.09.2018
Approved amount 263'533.00
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Keywords (11)

Digital Knowledge; Digital Humanities; Trilingual manuscript; Handwritten text recognition; New Testament; Close reading; Continuous publishing; Nouveau Testament; Neues Testament; Virtual Research Environment; Data management plan

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
HumaReC souhaite tester la manière dont une recherche en sciences humaines est reconfigurée et transformée par le rythme de publication digital. Son objet test sera le seul manuscrit trilingue arabe, grec, latin connu pour le Nouveau Testament, le Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379). En en éditant quatre lettres de Paul de Tarse, le projet développera, à partir d'une plateforme de publication digitale augmentée, un nouveau modèle de recherche en sciences humaines, intégrant un processus continu de publication des données. L'environnement virtuel de recherche (VRE) a été ouvert le 7 mars 2017: https://humarec.org. Une monographie sur les résultats de la recherche est en cours de rédaction par Sara Schulthess, sous la forme d'un nouveau modèle de publication, le webbook, dévelopé en partenariat avec l'éditeur Brill.
Lay summary

A la suite du projet SNF 143810, HumaReC souhaite tester la manière dont une recherche en sciences humaines est reconfigurée et transformée par le rythme de publication digital, autour du seul manuscrit trilingue arabe, grec, latin connu pour le Nouveau Testament, le Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379). Ce projet intègre la publication continue des données et leur analyse, y compris dans leurs interactions avec les réseaux sociaux, ainsi qu'un processus continu de peer-review. La recherche peut être constamment influencée et réorientée par le matériel publié: l'idée de publier de petits jeux de données est notamment en train d'émerger en sciences de la vie via le nouveau journal Sciencematters (sciencematters.io). Par ailleurs, selon les travaux d'Henri Meschonnic, le rythme apparaît comme le concept-clé pour mettre en relation le discours écrit ou oral avec les divers acteurs des performances sociales. En conséquence, le ryhtme de la publication des données sera le concept central d'HumaReC, en éditant sur une plateforme digitale augmentée de quatre lettres de Paul de Tarse dans le Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379).

Les collaborations de ce projet impliquent notamment la bibliothèque Marciana (Venise), l'éditeur Brill, le projet Transkribus (FP 7th tranScriptorium project, Handwritten Text Recognition). Le projet est accompagné par un comité scientifique et éditorial international composé de David Bouvier (Grec ancien, Lausanne, CH), Marco Büchler (DH, Göttingen, D), Jennifer Knust (Nouveau Testament, Boston, USA), John Kutsko (Publication and management, Atlanta, USA), Laurence Mellerin (Latin, Lyon, FR), Herman Teule (Arabe, Nijmegen, NL). Il emploie une post-doc à 100% en sciences humaines (DH et Nouveau Testament), Sara Schulthess, et un post-doc à 30% en recherche computationnelle, Martial Sankar, qui a succédé à Anastasia Chasapi; il est conduit par Claire Clivaz dans le cadre des projets Vital-DH, à Vital-IT (SIB, Lausanne). Virtual Research Environment (VRE) : https://humarec.org. Une monographie sur les résultats de la recherche est en cours de rédaction par Sara Schulthess, sous la forme d'un nouveau modèle de publication, le webbook, dévelopé en partenariat avec l'éditeur Brill.

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Lay Summary (English)

Lead
The research question of HumaReC is to inquiry, from the test-case of the edition of an unique trilingual Greek, Latin and Arabic New Testament manuscript, how Humanities research is reshaped and transformed by the digital rhythm of data production and publication. By editing the folios of four Pauline letters of the Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379), on a digital enhanced platform, the project will test how a Humanities research reacts and develops when it is embedded in a continuous publication process. The Virtual Research Environment (VRE) has been launched on the 7 March 2017: https://humarec.org. The monograph about the research results will be submitted by Sara Schulthess under the form of a new publishing model, the webbook, developed in partnership with the publisher Brill.
Lay summary

The research question of HumaReC is to inquiry, from the test-case of the edition of an unique trilingual Greek, Latin and Arabic New Testament manuscript, how Humanities research is reshaped and transformed by the digital rhythmus of data production and publication. The challenge of the present project, next step of the SNF 143810, is to test and develop a new model of Humanities research, that affords a continuous publication of data and analysis, with continuous social networks interactions and peer-review process. Research can constantly be influenced and reoriented by the published material : small datasets publishing is emerging  in Life Sciences, with the new journal Sciencematters (sciencematters.oi). According to Henri Meschonnic work, the rhythm appears to be a key concept to put in relation discourse, written or oral, with the diverse actors in social performances. Consequently, the rhythm in data publishing will be the key concept of HumaReC.

By editing four Pauline letters of the Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379), on a digital enhanced platform, we will test how a Humanities research reacts and develops when it is embedded in a continuous publication process. Collaborations will include notably the Marciana Library, the publisher Brill, the Transkribus project (FP 7th tranScriptorium project, Handwritten Text Recognition). The project is accompanied by a scientific and editorial board composed by David Bouvier (Ancient Greek, Lausanne, CH), Marco Büchler (DH, Göttingen, D), Jennifer Knust (New Testament, Boston, USA), John Kutsko (Publication and management, Atlanta, USA), Laurence Mellerin (Latin, Lyon, FR), Herman Teule (Arabic, Nijmegen, NL). It employs a 100% post-doc in Humanities (DH and New Testament), Sara Schulthess, and a 30% post-doc in computing research, Martial Sankar who replaced Anastasia Chasapi; it is lead by Claire Clivaz at Vital-DH, Vital-IT, SIB (Lausanne). Virtual Research Environment (VRE) : https://humarec.org. The monograph about the research results will be submitted by Sara Schulthess under the form of a new publishing model, the webbook, developed in partnership with the publisher Brill.

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Publications

Publication
HumaReC: Continuous Data Publishing in the Humanities
Clivaz Claire, Schulthess Sara, Chasapi Anastasia (2017), HumaReC: Continuous Data Publishing in the Humanities, in ERCIM News, 111, 21-22.
Editing New Testament Arabic Manuscripts on a TEI-base: fostering close reading in Digital Humanities
Clivaz Claire, Schulthess Sara, Sankar Martial (2017), Editing New Testament Arabic Manuscripts on a TEI-base: fostering close reading in Digital Humanities, in Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities, Special Issue on Computer-Aided Processing of Intertextuality in Ancient Languages, 1-6.
HumaReC - Digital Research Platform
Schulthess Sara, Clivaz Claire, Chasapi Anastasia, Sankar Martial (2017), HumaReC - Digital Research Platform, Vital-DH projects@Vital-IT, SIB (Lausanne).
HumaReC Project: Digital New Testament and Continuous Data Publishing (Poster)
Schulthess Sara, Chasapi Anastasia, Xenarios Ioannis, Sankar Martial, Clivaz Claire, HumaReC Project: Digital New Testament and Continuous Data Publishing (Poster), in Sinclair Stefan, Jakacki Diane, Sinatra Michael (ed.), Erudit, Montréal.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Marciana Library, Venice Italy (Europe)
- Publication
Laboratorio di Cultura Digitale, Università di Pisa Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Digitisation and Digital Preservation group, University of Innsbruck Austria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Brill Publishing House Netherlands (Europe)
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
SIB Days 2018 Poster The SNF project HumaReC by Vital-DH@Vital-IT: Evolving the Humanities 26.06.2018 Biel, Switzerland Clivaz Claire; Schulthess Sara; Sankar Martial;
SIB Days 2018 Talk given at a conference Vital-DH projects@Vital-IT: Research and Infrastructure Challenges 26.06.2018 Biel, Switzerland Clivaz Claire; Sankar Martial;
DH Benelux 2018 Talk given at a conference Project HumaReC: Challenges and Results 08.06.2018 Amsterdam, Netherlands Schulthess Sara;
L’auteur·e à l’ère numérique Talk given at a conference Éditeur, auteur, directeur, encodeur : la valse des rôles dans le projet HumaReC 29.03.2018 Université de Nîmes, France Clivaz Claire;
Talk at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Individual talk Vital-DH: The surprising marriage of Digital Humanities and Bioinformatics 26.03.2018 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki , Greece Schulthess Sara; Chasapi Anastasia;
Réunion du groupe romand de l'AELAC Talk given at a conference Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379), manuscrit trilingue du Nouveau Testament : nouveaux éléments sur les lettres de Paul 17.03.2018 Université de Lausanne, Switzerland Schulthess Sara;
SBL Annual Meeting 2017 Talk given at a conference Academic Publishing in an Open Access World : A Partnership Approach 21.11.2017 Boston (MA), United States of America Clivaz Claire;
The Bible in Arabic Talk given at a conference The Arabic Translation of the Letters of Paul of Latin Origin: New Elements 08.11.2017 Tel Aviv University, Israel Schulthess Sara;
DH2017 Poster HumaReC Project: Digital New Testament and Continuous Data Publishing 08.08.2017 Montéral, Canada Clivaz Claire;
72nd General Meeting of the SNTS Talk given at a conference Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379) and the Project HumaReC: an Innovative Research Model for an Unique New Testament Manuscript 08.08.2017 Pretoria, South Africa Schulthess Sara;
Neutestamentliches Kolloquium der schweizerischen theologischen Fakultäten Talk given at a conference Die frühen arabischen Übersetzungen der Paulusbriefe: Zwei Handschriften, zwei Beispiele (Vat. Ar. 13 und Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379)) 13.05.2017 Zurich, Switzerland Schulthess Sara;
Translators, copyists and interpreters: Jews, Christians and Muslims Talk given at a conference Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379): A New Testament multilingual manuscript from a multilingual milieu? 27.04.2017 Cordoue, Spain Schulthess Sara;
EADH Day “Diversity, multiculturalism and theoretical foundations of DH: how big can the tent be?” Talk given at a conference A Trilingual Greek-Latin-Arabic Manuscript of the New Testament: A Fascinating Object as Test-case for New DH Practices 25.01.2017 Rome, Italy Schulthess Sara;
SBL Annual Meeting 2016 Talk given at a conference Studying an Arabic New Testament Manuscript (Vat Ar. 13): so what? 19.11.2016 San Antonio, United States of America Clivaz Claire; Schulthess Sara;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Project HumaReC: Challenges and Results Online video International 2018
Media relations: print media, online media Facebook HumaReC page Facebook International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Research blog HumaReC Vital-IT, Vital-DH projects International 2017
Video/Film TEASER Talk HumaReC International 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Twitter HumaReC Twitter account International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Y a-t-il une Babel heureuse? Entre vertige et bon sens numérique Western Switzerland 2017

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
143810 Les manuscrits arabes des lettres de Paul de Tarse. La reprise d'un champ de recherche négligé 01.09.2013 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

The research question of HumaReC is to inquiry, from the test-case of the edition of an unique trilingual Greek, Latin and Arabic New Testament manuscript, how Humanities research is reshaped and transformed by the digital rhythm of data production and publication. A two or three years research project in Humanities was usually characterized by the writing, editing and publication of a final printed book. This final step was often delayed to a certain time after the end of the project. Reasonable delayed publication of printed books was in a certain way the proof of an authentic well done research in Humanities, certified by an established book series.The digital edition and the possibility to publish data in a continuous way on institutional websites, are reshaping Humanities research: short synthesis of datasets in blogs, short papers, social medias are published before the research is achieved and expertised in peer-reviewed publications. The challenge of the present project, by continuing a SNF 2013-2016 project on the Arabic manuscripts of the letters of Paul in a digital culture, is to test and develop a new model of Humanities research, that affords a continuous publication of data and analysis, with continuous social networks interactions and peer-review process. In such a perspective, the research can constantly be influenced and reoriented by the published material and its evaluation and reception. Small datasets publishing is emerging in Life Sciences, with the new journal Sciencematters. According to Henri Meschonnic work, the rhythm appears to be a key concept to put in relation discourse, written or oral, with the diverse actors in social performances. Consequently, the rhythm in data publishing will be the key concept of HumaReC. HumaReC is a digital editing and publishing project on an institutional website, and wishes to establish the best practices possible for a Humanist research embedded in a continuous publication process, based on the comparison with similar projects. As test-case, we will focus on the Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379), a 12th or 13th century manuscript that is the only NT trilingual Greek, Latin and Arabic manuscript in the Gregory-Aland list and contains Acts, the catholics letters and the Pauline letters. By editing the 107 folios of seven Pauline letters on a digital enhanced platform, we will test how a Humanities research reacts and develops when it is embedded in a continuous publication process. Small datasets will be released in a continuous way, with the use of the available social networks to enlighten the points mattering in research, such as particular evidences. We will offer a map representation of the reception and the uses of this datasets, and moderate a forum of discussion about them. An editorial board will accompany all the project long and will peer-review parts of the research at regular steps in the project calendar. Collaborations include the Marciana library, the SBL (Prof. John Kutsko), the publisher Brill, and Dr Marco Büchler with Transkribus.The Marciana Gr. Z. 11 (379), a multicultural and multilinguistic test-case in the NT manuscript, is particularly convincing to test our inquiry on Humanities digital research. It is accompanied by a scientific and editorial board composed by David Bouvier (Ancient Greek, Lausanne, CH), Marco Büchler (DH, Göttingen, D), Jennifer Knust (New Testament, Boston, USA), John Kutsko (Publication and management, Atlanta, USA), Laurence Mellerin (Latin, Lyon, FR), Herman Teule (Arabic, Nijmegen, NL). It employs a 100% post-doc in Humanities (DH and New Testament) and a 30% post-doc in computing research; it is lead by Claire Clivaz at Vital-DH, Vital-IT, SIB (Lausanne).The Virtual Research Environment (VRE) has been launched on the 7 March 2017: https://humarec.org
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