Conference Proceeding: Metadata Granularity, Historical Anachronism: Towards a Digital Reconstruction of Catalan Jewry

This presentation is of two digital humanities projects aimed at reconstructing aspects of Catalano-Aragonese Jewish literature. The first one deals with the relation teacher-student among Catalan rabbis and the visualization of clusters and schools of thought. The second one
aims at reconstructing the Majorcan and Catalan nusach through digital reunification of manuscripts and prints of prayer books. Both cases serve as a reflection on metadata granularity, including the inconvenience of grouping historical nations under anachronistic modern labels such as “Medieval Spain.” Special attention will be paid to the use and edition of Wikidata as authority corpus.

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