From Artefact to Meaning

In the context of papyrological, epigraphical, and cuneiform studies research, this blog aims to document:

Experts interpreting a Roman stylus tablet

Experts interpreting a Roman stylus tablet

• the study of expert practices, when setting to the task of deciphering and interpreting an artefact.

• the methods adopted to bring about, identify, support, and record key moments of discovery, creation, invention of the meaning of the studied objects and thus of the resulting historical knowledge. These methods will borrow approaches from cognitive sciences, philosophy and sociology of science.

• the development of a piece of software to support this task, based on results of various case studies.

• the assessment of the impact of digital tools on traditional practices, and their integration into the researchers’ workflow.

The ultimate goal is to show that, beyond the (meta-)data attached to an artefact, it is also essential to capture, to conserve and to curate the intermediate stages of the knowledge creation process attached to that object so that, if needed be, its re-interpretation is facilitated. Contextualization of objects is crucial to their interpretation, and therefore to their meaning, as it is presented in museums. The narrative aspects associated with the dissemination of historical and cultural knowledge will also constitute one of the objects of study of this research blog.


Ségolène Tarte

I am a researcher at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, UK where I’m working on an inter-disciplinary project involving imaging sciences, information sciences and papyrology. I am an image processing specialist, whose research focus has turned to the Digital Humanities. I am interested in the study, understanding and modelling of expert knowledge in the Humanities. With methodologies inspired and informed by anthropology, philosophy and the cognitive sciences, I aim to inform the design and development of software systems that will support the experts in their task. Two overarching questions in my research interests are: what does the digital world have to off er to support knowledge creation, and how does it influence it?

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About Ségolène Tarte

I am a researcher at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, UK where I’m working on an inter-disciplinary project involving imaging sciences, information sciences and papyrology. I am an image processing specialist, whose research focus has turned to the Digital Humanities. I am interested in the study, understanding and modelling of expert knowledge in the Humanities. With methodologies inspired and informed by anthropology, philosophy and the cognitive sciences, I aim to inform the design and development of software systems that will support the experts in their task. Two overarching questions in my research interests are: what does the digital world have to off er to support knowledge creation, and how does it influence it?
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One Response to From Artefact to Meaning

  1. What a fascinating project! I’ll definitely be following your charades about charred artefacts and cogitations about reconstructed texts.

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