• The Biographical Formula: Types and Dimensions of Biographical Networks

    Author(s):
    Ágoston Zénó Bernád, Maximilian Kaiser (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    Digital Art History, Digital Humanists
    Subject(s):
    Biography Studies, Digital humanities, History of art
    Item Type:
    Conference proceeding
    Conf. Title:
    Biographical Data in a Digital World 2017
    Conf. Org.:
    Austrian Academy of Sciences Vienna
    Conf. Loc.:
    Linz
    Conf. Date:
    6.9-7.9.2017
    Tag(s):
    biographical dictionary, biographical research, historical network research, source criticism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M61V5BD0G
    Abstract:
    Behind every printed national biography is a board of editors responsible for finding established scholars to write the biographies. The personal and institutional networks, the scientific and ideological socialization of these authors have a significant influence on the biographical constructs and narratives they have designed, and thus also determines the information contained in the biographies. Therefore, a source-critical approach to such biography texts is necessary. This will be exemplified using a biography selected from the Austrian Biographical Dictionary 1815–1950 (ÖBL). A complementary approach for the interpretation of biographical dictionaries is analysis of the networks, which can be reconstructed on the basis of the information contained in the biographies. As part of the APIS project, biographical data is generated through the annotation of biographies of the ÖBL. This data consists of frequently mentioned names of persons, places and institutions that can be subsumed under the term “biographical building blocks”. Biographical networks can be built on the basis of this data. In the second part of the paper, different dimensions of these networks as well as ways of analyzing this type of data will be shown.
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