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This two-day online course offers an introduction to the theory and the practice of automatic collation: the practice of comparing texts in order to identify their variant forms.

Automatic collation is used in the preparation of critical editions, as well in genetic criticism and in the study of textual transmissions. This workshop will show participants how to take advantage of automatic collation tools in the field of textual and genetic criticism. A brief history of collation together with a reflection about the practices of the research community in humanities and social sciences when working on the digital ecosystems will contextualize the analysis of the tools.

Participants will have the chance to learn about the principles of the theory of automatic collation and be introduced to a number of programs. In the hands-on part of the course, collation software CollateX will be used to put into practice what the participants have learned. The last part of the course will be devoted to find the right software and parameters for the use cases brought by the participants.

Participation details

This course is open to researchers working with texts in any discipline. PhD students of the universities of Berne, Fribourg, Genève, Neuchâtel and Lausanne (UNIL and EPFL) have priority, but researchers of any level and master students from Swiss universities and abroad are welcome. No prior knowledge of automatic collation nor programming is required.

The course will be held live on an online platform of the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Participants will receive instructions about where and when to connect. A chat and a forum will be available. A stable internet connection is needed to follow the course. There is no need to install software to follow the course. The syllabus will be available to the participants immediately before the course. Participation is free, but registration (via email to mylène.tanferrimachado@unil.ch) is requested.

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