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Norman Sources in today’s digital world

Norman Sources in today’s digital world

In recent years, the study of the Middle Ages has greatly benefited from largescale library digitisation projects (Gallica, Google Books, Internet Text Archive). Some of these projects, carried out in partnership with leading researchers in the field of medieval Norman worlds, have contributed to the development of new programs that use digital tools to analyse and exploit sources. Indeed, with the growth of digital humanities came the development of research-adapted tools in the field of human and social sciences. These tools have already been used to study different kinds of sources, both textual and archaeological. Among them, the use of XML, in particular, as recommended by the TEI or the EAD, has led to major advances in the creation of a digital corpus of texts and has paved the way for a new understanding of critical edition methods and practices.

Tabularia’s next « dossier » will look to bring together the work of researchers interested in the use of digital technologies for the study of sources relating to the Norman world. The aim is to examine the benefits of such technology, the way it influences research methodology, and the manner in which it leads to a new interpretations of sources through the use of new tools (indexation, memento). Submissions are welcome that deal with the advantages of digital technologies, such as the durability of data, interoperability within the same source or within a significant corpus that includes different types of documents, or the ability to share information via wide networks. But it is also important to study the pitfalls: to what extent does the use of digital tools force researchers to adapt their research methods and to renounce traditional practices? Do digital tools allow for the complexities of a source to be adequately described?

The framework of the study includes various disciplines all linked to different kinds of texts and sources: philology, palaeography, codicology, descriptions and cataloguing of inventories and old printed books, numismatics, sigillography, archaeology, etc.

Instructions for authors

Articles should be written in either French or English, along with an abstract (approximately 100 words or 500 characters) and keywords (10 maximum) in both languages. Style and submission guidelines can be found under the link “Recommandations aux auteurs

If you are interested, please contact the editorial board by e-mail (craham.tabularia(at) or by post (Tabularia, CRAHAM, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, Esplanade de la Paix, 14032 Caen Cedex).

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