Academic year 2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title DIGITAL PHILOLOGY
Course code M77026 (AF:299624 AR:165472)
ECTS credits 3
Degree level Master di Primo Livello (DM270)
Educational sector code L-FIL-LET/15
Period Annual
Course year 1
Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
Broadly speaking, ‘digital philology’ encompasses the field of textual criticism and editorial scholarship in the electronic medium. More precisely, it engages with the interaction between ICT (Information and Communication Technology) systems and the philological study of documents/texts which have been converted into digital format.
The main objectives of this course are to provide both theoretical notions and practical skills in the broad field of digital scholarly editing, focussing in particular on: (1) mark-up languages (especially TEI XML) and encoding procedures; (2) computer-assisted stemmatology and collation tools; (3) OCR/ICR technologies.
This course will provide an overview of the major issues in the field, including: the notions of 'scholarly edition' and ‘digital scholarly edition’; text encoding procedures (with practical exercises); the use of collation tools(with practical exercises) and computer-assisted methods to find out genealogical relationships between the witnesses;Transkribus ( ).
Referral texts
A) Handbooks:

- Pierazzo, Elena 2015. Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories, Models and Methods. Farnham: Ashgate.
- Stella, Francesco 2018. Testi letterari e analisi digitale. Roma: Carocci.

B) Text Encoding Guidelines:

TEI P5: Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange,


D) Further readings:

1. On digital scholarly editing:
- D. Fiormonte, Il testo digitale: traduzione, codifica, modelli culturali, in P.R. Piras, A. Alessandro, D. Fiormonte (a cura di), Italianisti in Spagna, ispanisti in Italia: la traduzione. Atti del Convegno Internazionale (Roma, 30 - 31 ottobre 2007), Roma, Edizioni Q, pp. 271-284. Text also available at:
- P. Sahle, Into the Wide - Into the Deep: Manuscript Research in the Digital Age. (Introduction to) Kodikologie und Paläographie im digitalen Zeitalter 2 - Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age 2. Hg. von Franz Fischer, Christiane Fritze und Georg Vogeler. Schriften des Instituts für Dokumentologie und Editorik Bd. 3. Books on Demand (BoD), Norderstedt, 2010. S. XI-XVI. Online-Version at:
- D. Fiormonte, D. Schmidt, “La rappresentazione digitale della ‘varianza’ testuale”, in D. Fiormonte (a c. di), Canoni liquidi. Variazione e stabilità testuale dalla Bibbia a Internet, Napoli, ScriptaWeb, 2011, pp. 161-180. See also:
- Kriterien für die Besprechung digitaler Editionen, Version 1.1, Patrick Sahle; unter Mitarbeit von Georg Vogeler und den Mitgliedern des IDE; Version 1.1, Juni 2014 (Version 1.0, September / Oktober 2012). English version at
- D. Fiormonte, D. Schmidt, P. Monella and P. Sordi, “The Politics of code. How digital representations and languages shape culture”, ISIS Summit Vienna 2015—The Information Society at the Crossroads, Vienna University of Technology, June 3-7, 2015. Online version at:
- M. Driscoll, E. Pierazzo (eds), Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories and Practices, Cambridge, Open Book Publishers 2016. PDF available at: .

2. On stemmatology:
- Barbrook A.C., Howe C.J., Blake N., Robinson P. (1998), "The phylogeny of the Canterbury Tales." Nature 394, p. 839.
- Buzzoni M., and Eugenio, Burgio; Martina, Modena; Samuela, Simion (2016), "Open versus Closed Recensions (Pasquali): Pros and Cons of Some Methods for Computer-Assisted Stemmatology", in DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES, vol. 31, pp. 652-669.
- Howe CJ, Windram HF (2011), "Phylomemetics—Evolutionary Analysis beyond the Gene." PLoS Biology 9, pp. 1-5, <> ;.
- Roos T., Heikkilä T. (2009), "Evaluating methods for computer-assisted stemmatology using artificial benchmark data sets." LLC 24, pp. 417- 433, <> ;.
- Trovato P. (2014), "Highs and Lows of Computer-Assited Stemmatics". In: Id., Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Lachmann's Method ..., Padova:, pp. 179-223.

Assessment methods
Written assignment (and oral presentation of the project work at the end of the course)
Teaching methods
Lectures and practical exercises
Teaching language
Type of exam
written and oral
Definitive programme.