The present contribution introduces Text As Graph (TAG), a data model developed at the R&D department of the Humanities Cluster of the Dutch Royal Academy of Science. TAG makes use of a hypergraph model for text, which allows researchers to store, query, and analyse text that is encoded from different perspectives. By means of an interactive presentation of Alexandria, a text repository system that serves as the reference implementation of the TAG model, we will demonstrate how users can store and query a wide range of information (i.e., perspectives) about the same text. Researchers, then, can make effective use of existing knowledge and material in order to study text from multiple scholarly perspectives. Internally, the hypergraph can always be expanded with new layers of information that may be interconnected. Alexandria thus stimulates new ways of looking at textual objects, facilitates the exchange of information across disciplines, and secures textual knowledge for future endeavours. From a philosophical perspective, the TAG model and Alexandria raise compelling questions about our notions of textuality, and prompt us to reconsider how we can best model the variety of textual dimensions.
- scholarly discourse
- multiple perspectives on text