Gary Stringer

Research interests

XML, Text Encoding and Standards

  • Use of TEI and other standards to encode and preserve textual material for archiving, searching and production of digital editions.
  • In particular, the development of dynamic variorum editions, which allow the version-neutral display of textual variants and apparatus, and the potential for customisation and adaptation according to the scholar's needs.
  • Management of textual data througgh source control systems to examine editorial practice and provide sustainable outputs.

Knowledge Management and Ontologies

  • Developing ontologies for knowledge domains in the Archival sector; managing transitions from word lists and thesauri to full ontologies.
  • Classification and categorisation, and the tensions between user participation and professionalism in the creation of metadata.
  • Incorporation of Linked Open Data into resources through APIs, SPARQL and other semantic web endpoints.

Digitisation Practice

  • Technical aspects of the digitisation process, including database systems for collection of metadata; best practice for text, image and audio digitisation.
  • Preservation and sustainability of digital outputs, including preparation of data for ingest to repositories, and use of open source models for the continuing development and reuse of digital data.
  • Design of content management systems to promote good practice in digitisation and cataloguing by untrained users, particularly in a crowdsourced or volunteer-based context.

Gary also has interests in linguistics, having worked on theoretical models of language evolution in New Testament Greek, and studied the use of language mediated by new technologies, from videoconferenced language tuition (1995) through online text communities (MOOs and MUDs, 2000s) to the interactions with social media today.