CFP: What is Diplomatics in the Digital Environment?

The organizers of Digital Diplomatics 2013 have issued a call for papersĀ for the conferenceĀ taking place at the Archives Nationales de France, November 14-16, 2013.

Following the two conferences on Digital Diplomatics that took place in 2007 in Munich and 2011 in Naples, this conference has the goal to further the scholarly reflection on the way in which diplomatics has developed as a result of both the opportunities offered by digital tools to study historical documents and the challenges presented by born digital documents and by the need to understand their structure and of the complex digital environments in which they reside.

Potential topics for discussion as listed in the CFP include:

  • Changes in scholarly editing of documents when using digital methods
  • Diplomatics as a hard science, a social science or a humanisties discipline
  • Measuring versus understanding as the main method of diplomatics of the documents (e.g. automatic author identification versus ā€˜Diktatvergleichā€™)
  • The focus of diplomatics: a single documents or aggregations (corpora, files, series, fonds)?
  • Digitized charters as images, texts, or meaning?
  • Can the whole meaning of a charter be represented digitally?
  • Comparing creation of trusted documents in the traditional and the digital environment
  • Signatures and seals in the traditional and the digital environment: are they comparable?
  • Are digital forensics and its tools related to diplomatics? How?
  • Diplomatic tools for analyzing digital and non-digital documents
  • Teaching diplomatics in the digital environment (both in traditional classroom and through eLearning)
  • Using diplomatics to build a virtual archives

The deadline is March 15, 2013. **Update: Deadline Extended to April 15, 2013**

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