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Archives d'un lecteur philosophe : le traitement numérique des notes de lecture de Michel Foucault

Abstract : In this article we explain how our team of anthropologists and information scientists worked on Michel Foucault's characteristic set of handwritten material : mainly reading cards, bibliographical and subject cards that Michel Foucault wrote, filed and used before writing his essay Les Mots et les choses. This digitized sample of his private "working library", kindly lent to us by Daniel Defert constitutes an exceptional medium to investigate, discover and analyze how Foucault used primary and secondary sources for his writing : how he read them, extracted from them, adapted them in his handwritten transcriptions (translated/endorsed/refuted/ etc.) and finally transformed this transcriptions into his final work(s). Even though this handwritten material is contemporary and thus exclude not an object for codicological or palaeographical research in a strict sense, our perspective and the methodology and techniques applied are similar. This sample was indeed an ideal corpus for testing the use of digital and data-processing methods and tools. By these means we were able to keep a digitized record of the archive, by describing, annotating and extracting indexes (EAD - 2002 DTD, assisted by the software oXygen and The Archivists' Toolkit), but they also gave us the means of modeling in UML the final web application that will bring together the archive EAD catalogue and the virtual Foucault private library. This portal will enabled researchers and, to some extent, the general public to see, understand and use the "library" chosen by the philosopher for the drafting of Les Mots et les choses.
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Samantha Saïdi, Jean-François Bert, Philippe Artières. Archives d'un lecteur philosophe : le traitement numérique des notes de lecture de Michel Foucault. Fischer, Franz; Fritze, Christiane; Vogeler, Georg. Kodikologie und Paläographie im digitalen Zeitalter = Codicology and palaeography in the digital age. 2, 3, Books on Demand, pp.375-396, 2010, Schriften des Instituts für Dokumentologie und Editorik, 978-3-8423-5032-8. ⟨halshs-00569992⟩



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