Featured Abstract: March 1

Each Monday and Thursday, an abstract from one of the symposium participants will be posted to facilitate discussion.  We welcome your comments!

Featured Abstract: “Modeling Collaboration”

Julia Flanders, Brown University

If collaboration, in practical terms, is predicated on the compatibility of data (expressed variously and debatably as interoperability or interchange), then we can also say that it requires a kind of meta-modeling: that is, a clear expression of the differences and similarities between models. Tools like the TEI customization mechanism offer one approach to this kind of meta-modeling, but many questions require more detailed consideration: the level of precision at which this meta-modeling must take place, the specific vectors of similarity to be expressed, and the meaning or motivations of our customizations. Is it possible to use a mechanism of this kind in a rigorous way to support more effective collaboration?

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