Collaborating in Public

This week, a research collaboration I’m in released an initial version of a new online Coptic dictionary.  I blogged about it for the project.  Even though it’s very preliminary, we’re pretty excited. I want to take a minute here on my personal blog to reflect on the process. Working collaboratively is hard, working collaboratively across […]

Coptic and Syriac on the early WWW

I’m working now on an article about early Coptic and Syriac on the web.  Websites from the 1990s and very early 2000s.  I’m interested in how these sites functioned as digital cultural heritage sites and also how they contributed to technological advances in what we now term “digital humanities.”  I’m inspired in part by issues […]

My digital future

This fall, as I have been trying to finish up my book project, Monks and Their Children, I have been asked more than once:  What’s your next project?   When I start describing copticscriptorium.org, I frequently get the reply:  no, I mean your real project, your next book.  My internal response was always twofold:  the snarky, “What, bringing […]

Updates to Automated Annotation Tools

We’ve updated our tokenizer (which breaks Coptic bound groups into their constituent morphemes) and our normalizer (which normalizes spelling and orthography to faclitate further automatic annotations). Version 2.0.1 of the tokenizer includes more patterns to deal with a broader variety of bound groups.  It also includes a parameter (-l) to accommodate bound groups that are […]