Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.

Tara Andrews

Telephone
(+43 1) 51581 – 2220

E-Mail
acdh-bod(at)oeaw.ac.at


Coming from an academic background in Byzantine and Oriental Studies as well as a professional background in computer software engineering, Tara Andrews has valuable and rare perspectives on the use of digital and computational methods in humanities domains.

Her fields of expertise include the history and historiography of the Christian Near East in the tenth to twelfth centuries, the application of computational and statistical methods for reconstruction of the copying history of ancient and medieval manuscripts (stemmatology), and reflection on the implications of employing digital media and computational methods in humanities contexts.

She has been invited to give keynote presentations at both academic and industry conferences, has contributed to both the Armenian-source content and the technical maintenance of the online “Prosopography of the Byzantine World”, has edited or co-edited two collections of papers on the subject of software and computational analysis in textual studies, and has published several journal articles as well as a monograph on topics that cover both medieval Armenian history and digital scholarly practice. Her scientific output also extends to research software, most notably the ‘Stemmaweb’ suite of online tools for analysis of text variants and their associated stemma hypotheses, but also including a range of smaller tools whose source code has been released to the public on Github.

Her current research interests revolve around the dynamic modelling of textual variation, the application of artificial intelligence methods to different domains such as medieval history or Armenian palaeography, and more theoretical questions about the ways in which humanities researchers understand their use (or avoidance) of digital tools for their work.

Since early 2018 she has been serving as a research director of the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, with a special focus on the areas of Machine Learning, Archaeological and Heritage Data, Digital Editions, Legal Issues, Knowledge Transfer & Society, and Server Administration.


Research Grants

  • 2015 Project funding, SCALE-UP, 2015 as work package leader (swissuniversities CUS-P2)
  • 2015 Project funding (Div I) grant 162736 “Das Kloster-Tagebuch des Einsiedler Paters Joseph Dietrich, 1670-1704. Kommentierte Online-Edition" as co-applicant (SNF)
  • 2015 Project funding (Div I) grant 159433 “The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa Online" (SNF)
  • 2015 École pratique des hautes études (Scientific cooperation grant)
  • 2013 European Association for Digital Humanities (Small project award)


Publications


Publications (Before ACDH)

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T. L. Andrews, ‘The letters of Ioannēs Tzimiskēs in the Chronicle of Matt‘ēos Uṙhayec’i’, in C. Horn, B. Lourié, A. Ostrovsky, B. Outtier, Bernard (eds.), Armenia between Byzantium and the Orient. Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity. (Leiden: Brill. Forthcoming.)

T. L. Andrews, History as Apocalypse in a Crossroads of Cultures: Matthew of Edessa and His Chronicle, Medieval Mediterranean series (Leiden, Brill. In press.)

T. L. Andrews. ‘Review of A. E. Dostourian, Armenia and the Crusades: the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa’. Armenian Review 54.3-4 (2016): 82–85.

T. L. Andrews and W. McCarty (eds.), Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 41.1 (2016).

J. J. van Zundert and T. L. Andrews, 'Apparatus vs. Graph: New Models and Interfaces for Text’, in F. Hadler and J. Haupt (eds.), Interface Critique. (Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos, 2016).

T. L. Andrews (ed.), 'Digital Humanities’, in E. Natale et al. (ed.), Living Books about History (Infoclio.ch, 2016).

T. L. Andrews, ‘Collation: Using digital tools’, ‘Establishing and presenting a scholarly text edition: Desiderata for digital editions’, and ‘The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa. Digital critical edition of an Armenian historical text’, in A. Bausi et al. (eds), Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies. An Introduction (Hamburg: COMSt – Norderstedt: BOD, 2015).

T. L. Andrews, ‘Analysis of Variation Significance in Artificial Traditions Using Stemmaweb’. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 31.3 (2016): 540–62.

T. L. Andrews and C. Macé (eds.), Analysis of Ancient and Medieval Texts and Manuscripts: Digital Approaches (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014).

T. L. Andrews, ‘Digital Techniques for Critical Edition’, in Armenian Philology in the Modern Era: From Manuscript to Digital Text, edited by V. Calzolari and M. E. Stone (Leiden: Brill, 2014), pp. 175–95.

T. L. Andrews, Review of The Armenians in the Medieval Islamic World. Vol. I: The Arab Period in Armīniyah, Seventh to Eleventh Centuries, by Seta B. Dadoyan. English Historical Review 128.535 (2013): 1527–8.

T. L. Andrews and C. Macé, ‘Trees of Texts: Models and methods for an updated theory of medieval text stemmatology’. Literary and Linguistic Computing 28.4 (2013): 504–21.

T. L. Andrews, ‘Identity, Philosophy, and the Problem of Armenian History in the Sixth Century’, in History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East, edited by P. Wood (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 29–41.

T. L. Andrews, ‘The Third Way: Philology and Critical Edition for a Digital Age’, Variants 10 (2013): 61–76.

T. L. Andrews, H. Blockeel, B. Bogaerts, M. Bruynooghe, M. Denecker, S. De Pooter, C. Macé, and J. Ramon, ‘Analyzing manuscript traditions using constraint-based data mining’. Proceedings of the ECAI 2012 CoCoMiLe workshop on COmbining COnstraint solving with MIning and LEarning (Montpellier, August 2012).

J. J. van Zundert, S. Antonijevic, A. Beaulieu, K. van Dalen-Oskam, D. Zeldenrust, and T. L. Andrews, ‘Cultures of Formalization - Towards an encounter between humanities and computing’, in Understanding Digital Humanities, edited by D. Berry (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 279–94.

T. L. Andrews, ‘The Chronology of the Chronicle: An Explanation of the Dating Errors within Book 1 of the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa’, Revue des études arméniennes 32 (2010): 141–64.

 

Conference presentations, Guest Lectures

Invited Talks

T. L. Andrews. ’After the Spring: digital forms of scholarship and the publication ecosystem'. ElPub2016. Göttingen. 7–9 June 2016.

T. L. Andrews. ’Modeling text, modeling transmission: some approaches to computational stemmatology'. E-Philologie seminar. EPHE, Paris. 8 February 2016.

T. L. Andrews. ’A Definition of Digital Humanities'. Brill Workshop on the Digital Humanities. Leiden. 2–3 December 2015.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Beyond Quantification: digital models for philology’. Invited lecturer and panelist. Methodological Intersections: Digital Humanities Autumn School. Trier. 28 September–2 October 2015.

T. L. Andrews. ‘TITLE’. Invited speaker. Translation and Transmission in the Eastern Mediterranean 500 B.C. - 1500 A.D. Rome. 24–25 September 2015.

T. L. Andrews. ‘TITLE’. Keynote presentation. YAPC::Europe 2015 - Art and Engineering. 1–4 September 2015.

T. L. Andrews. ‘On Form and Substance - Encoding, Modelling, and the Fine Line Between’. Keynote presentation. Advanced XML/TEI technologies for Digital Scholarly Editions Spring School. Graz. 13–17 April 2015.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Audiences of the Digital Humanities’. Invited panelist. Digital Humanities in European Global Research. Basel. 27 March 2015.

C. Macé and T. L. Andrews. ‘Stemmatology, history of texts and digital tools’. Invited speaker. International Workshop on Stemmatology, Digital Archives and Philological Procedures. Venice. 18–19 December 2014.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Cloud computing infrastructure in humanities teaching and research: Digital Humanities @ Bern’. Invited speaker. SWITCH ICT Focus. Interlaken. 10–11 November 2014.

T. L. Andrews. ‘A Tale of Two Mediums: digitale Editionen im Druck und/oder vernetzt?’ Tagung und Workshop "Digitale Editionsphilologie”: (Druck-)Aufbereitung XML-/TEI-basierter Daten. Bern. 27–30 October 2014.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Round table: Musical Inventories’. Invited panelist. Musikalische Inventare / Musical Inventories: International Conference and Workshop. Bern. 4–6 September 2014.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Not-so-foreign policy: Understanding the Armenian reactions to the Byzantine annexation of Ani.’ Invited speaker. Reading Armenia workshop: Armenian sources in Byzantine and Arabic Studies. London. 10–11 May 2013.

T. L. Andrews. ‘But is it a Tree? Application of Graph Analysis to Texts and their Stemmata.’ Studia Stemmatologica VI. Helsinki. 27–30 June 2012.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Cloud computing infrastructure in humanities teaching and research: Digital Humanities @ Bern’. Invited speaker. SWITCH ICT Focus. Interlaken. 10–11 November 2014.

T. L. Andrews. ‘A Tale of Two Mediums: digitale Editionen im Druck und/oder vernetzt?’Tagung und Workshop "Digitale Editionsphilologie”: (Druck-)Aufbereitung XML-/TEI-basierter Daten. Bern. 27–30 October 2014.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Round table: Musical Inventories’. Invited panelist. Musikalische Inventare / Musical Inventories: International Conference and Workshop. Bern. 4–6 September 2014.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Not-so-foreign policy: Understanding the Armenian reactions to the Byzantine annexation of Ani.’ Invited speaker. Reading Armenia workshop: Armenian sources in Byzantine and Arabic Studies. London. 10–11 May 2013.

T. L. Andrews. ‘But is it a Tree? Application of Graph Analysis to Texts and their Stemmata.’Studia Stemmatologica VI. Helsinki. 27–30 June 2012.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Editing Popular History: The case of the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa.’Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Workshop: Specific issues in Oriental philology. Athens. 8–9 December 2011.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Scholarly Workflows for Textual Editing.’From Metadata to Linked Data: Summer School 2011. Dublin. 4–8 July 2011.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Digital Tools for Scholarly Editions: An Overview, and a Wish List.’Workshop Team 2: Textual Criticism of Oriental Manuscripts. Leuven. 25–26 October 2010.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Matthew of Edessa and the Crusades.’Oxford Crusades Seminar. Oxford. 4 February 2010.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Collation of Armenian manuscripts: A lone historian's approach.’Current Issues in Digitally Supported Collation: COST Workshop. Brussels. 18–19 November 2009.

T. L. Andrews. ‘“Under the aegis of the Roman emperor”: Byzantium and the Armenians according to Matthew of Edessa.’ Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar. Oxford. 11 November 2009.

T. L. Andrews. ‘10001 manuscripts in practice: Perl, XML, medieval chronicles, and why Unicode rocks.’ Twin Cities Perl Workshop 2008. Vienna / Bratislava. 7–8 December 2008.

 

Refereed Papers

S. Kaufmann and T. L. Andrews. ‘Bearbeitung und Annotation historischer Texte mittels Graph-Datenbanken am Beispiel der Chronik des Matthias von Edessa’. Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum 2106. Leipzig. 8–11 Mar 2016.

T. L. Andrews. ’Models for Annotation in a Digital Scholarly Edition: The Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa'. European Society for Textual Scholarship 2015. Leicester. 19–20 Nov 2015.

T. L. Andrews. ’Computational models for text transmission’. Translation and Transmission in the Eastern Mediterranean 500 B.C. - 1500 A.D. Rome. 24–25 September 2015.

T. L. Andrews. ‘A Digital Scholarly Edition for Historians – the Case of Matthew of Edessa’.Digital Humanities Benelux. Antwerp. 8–9 June 2015.

J. J. van Zundert and T. L. Andrews. ’Apparatus vs. Graph - an Interface as Scholarly Argument’. Interface Critique. Berlin. 7–8 November 2014.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Uṙhayec’i Online: A digital critical edition of theChronicle of Matt’ēosUṙhayec’i’. 13e Conference Générale de l’Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes. Yerevan. 9–11 October 2014.

T. L. Andrews and J. J. van Zundert. ’An Interactive Interface for Text Variant Graph Models.’ Digital Humanities 2014. Lincoln, NE. 16–19 July 2013.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Settling into exile: Aristakes of Lastivert, Matthew of Edessa, and the Armenian transition from kingdom to diaspora’. International Medieval Congress. Leeds. 2–5 July 2013.

T. L. Andrews and C. Macé. ’Trees of Texts - Models and methods for an updated theory of medieval text stemmatology.’ Digital Humanities 2012. Hamburg. 16–22 July 2012.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Manuscript Genetics and Perl: or, How I Made Sense of 101011 Manuscripts.’YAPC::Europe 2009. Lisbon. 3–5 August 2009.

T. L. Andrews. ‘101011 manuscripts: Approaches to the digitisation of the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa.’ 11e Conférence Générale de l'Association Internationale des Etudes Arméniennes. Paris. 9–12 September 2008.

T. L. Andrews. ‘101011 manuscripts: Perl and the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa.’YAPC::Europe 2008. Copenhagen. 13–15 August 2008.

T. L. Andrews. ‘Solutions to the Chronological Puzzles in Book 1 of the Chronicle of Matthew of Edessa.’ Trinity College Dublin. Dublin. 17 April 2007.