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Juxta receives Google Digital Humanities Award

Good news!  Google has offered its support to help us develop Juxta into a web application:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/our-commitment-to-digital-humanities.html

We are thrilled to have received this competitive award, and look forward to working to optimize Juxta for the web.

Here is an abstract of our application for the Google Award:

With the support of a Google Digital Humanities Research Award, we propose to transform Juxta into a web-based application integrated with Google Books. Scholars could use such a tool to track changes in language over time and to test literary and historical theories through comparative analysis of texts.

As the largest single part of the general remediation of the global library to digital formats, the 12,000,000+ books digitized by Google represent a major opportunity for scholars interested in the history of texts and editions. We want to know how Charles Dickens and Henry James changed their novels as they went through different editions in their lifetimes; and we also want to see the changes introduced by later editors, in later printings.  We want to collate versions of poems published by Sylvia Plath and Walt Whitman to discover their revisions.  We want to compare digital texts of uncertain origin with known versions, as a mode of authentication.

[Read the whole article over at the Juxta blog.]

One response to “Juxta receives Google Digital Humanities Award”

  1. Klaus Nielsen

    Congratulations to the people of Juxta and NINES! That is indeed wonderful news, and it is good to see that Google takes the concerns of bibliographers and textual scholars serious in their support for the literary/textual areas of digital humanities.

    A web based Juxta application directly linked to Google.Books could be of great value, but I’m worried about the general quality of the electronic texts made available by Google. Any scholar having worked with electronic texts, digital tools and encoding knows of the tiresome proces of producing reliable electronic texts from a printed sources. To my knowledge the texts of Google.Books are merely result of automatic OCR and not sufficiently reliable as representations of the source books. Wouldn’t collating these texts produce the strangest results?

    However, a cooperation between Juxta and Google is immensely exciting and I am very much looking foreward to learing more. (Maybe I too at some point will be able to say: How I stopped worrying and learned to love Google.Books) Congratulations

    /Klaus Nielsen
    PhD student, University of Copenhagen

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