The Philomaths’ Archive. Digital Documentary edition

Speaker: Prof. Wojciech Kruszewski (KUL Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski) Discussants: Paola Italia (Università di Bologna) and Francesca Tomasi (Dir. CHEDE PhD Programme) Audience: CHEDE PhD Students, Postdoctoral Researchers, Young Researchers; Members of PRIN with DH. Language: English

  • Data: 16 MAGGIO 2024  dalle 10:00 alle 13:00

  • Luogo: Laboratorio 3, via Zamboni 34

  • Tipo: Altri eventi

The Philomaths’ Archive. Digital documentary edition


The Philomaths’ Archive is a comprehensive collection of documents from the early phase of Polish Romanticism (the majority of which date back to the 1820s). For decades, this collection remained privately owned. However, due to historical reasons, it has been dispersed, and is currently housed in four different archives in Poland and Lithuania. As early as the beginning of the 20th century, attempts were made to publish documents from the Philomaths’ Archive. Despite numerous efforts, this attempt was not completed. Presently, efforts are underway to finalize the first part of the digital edition of this archive. We would like to discuss the challenges our team encountered when preparing documents for editing. Our primary focus will be on the discussion regarding data extraction within the structure of the digital edition.


  • Introduction

Characteristics of the Philomaths’ Archive, its history, contents, and significance of this collection to Polish culture


  • Editorial Challenges

Dispersion of documents from the Philomaths’ Archive (digital edition as an attempt to restore the original unity of the collection)

Previous editions of the Philomaths’ Archive (reasons for failures)


  • Digital edition project

Financial and organizational framework of the project

Team organization and its work

Selection of the editing model

Structure of the edition

Decisions regarding text editing

Data extraction in the edition


Layout of the digital edition vs. traditional edition of the Philomaths Archive

Technical issues: adaptation of EVT tool to project needs

Editorial issues

Issues related to encoding and use of TEI standard

Issues with EVT tool that remain unresolved

Project perspectives