Versioning & Collation in the Digital Environment

Stephen Ross and Matt Huculak

[This class has 5 spots left (18 March)] This course will take those interested in using computational methods to compare texts from a standing start through to their first completed versioning exercise with a visualization output. Moving the study of textual variation from the labour-intensive work of manual collation into the sphere of digital methods means much faster and comprehensive results. Students in this course will learn about the theory behind versioning approaches, create digital iterations of texts to version, use state-of-the-art software (i.e. Juxta and Versioning Machine) to compare and collate those iterations, and generate visualizations of the output with Voyant, D3, and the Mandala Browser. We will discuss the challenges posed by particular genres, as well as the possibilities and limitations of specific tools currently available.