Tarrin Wills, University of Aberdeen
The electronic representation of the Old Norse world
Þriðjudaginn 12. nóvember 2013 kl. 16.30
This paper presents the work of the Skaldic Project in the context of developments in the use of the Internet. The last decade has seen enormous changes to the way in which we share data on the Internet, with user-provided content becoming ubiquitous in the form of ‘social media’. Social media allow users to create structured and linked content, comment on the content of other users, and restrict access according to various rules and networks. Their success derives from the way they mirror the processes of human networks and sharing information in the ‘real world’. Many of these processes are seen in the production of scholarly work in collaborative settings, meaning that these techniques can be used to promote data sharing in our own small field of Old Norse studies. In Old Norse we have a number of digitisation projects working to produce reliable data on the texts, manuscripts and other phenomena of early Scandinavia. What is currently lacking is the ability to share and link common reference points — people, places, manuscripts, bibliographic items, texts and poetry — between the many projects that encompass and refer to them. Additionally, these projects often go unnoticed as legitimate research outputs because of unstable publishing on the web and informal peer review processes. The Skaldic Database has provided solutions to many of these problems for various projects; this paper will further elaborate on solutions to the remaining issues, and the possibilities they offer our field.
Tarrin Wills is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Aberdeen. He is a long-standing member of the Skaldic Project and has recently joined the research project Pre-Christian Religions of the North.