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Anastasia Bonch-Osmolovskaya Discusses Tolstoy.Digital at Lausanne Workshop

On November 23-25 a research seminar on literary studies ‘Etats des Etudes Litteraires: Theories, Methodologies, Pratiques’ was held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Anastasiya Bonch-Osmolovskaya, Associate Professor at the School of Linguistics presented a report on Tolstoy.Digital – a project dedicated to producing a digital edition of the complete works by Leo Tolstoy.

This project involves transforming a collection of the writer’s digital texts into a modern e-research resource offering numerous different search options and automated analysis based on a complex semantic Meta tagging of Tolstoy’s texts.

Anastasiya Bonch-Osmolovskaya spoke about the principles of Meta tagging, what can and cannot be automatically processed, and the difficulties and pitfalls that the researchers face. The report provoked great interest among the participants, who also work in digital publishing and other issues related to the digital humanities.