Introduction by OpenMethods Editor (Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra): The explore! project tests computer stimulation and text mining on autobiographic texts as well as the reusability of the approach in literary studies. To facilitate the application of the proposed method in broader context and to new research questions, the text analysis is performed by means of scientific workflows that allow for the documentation, automation, and modularization of the processing steps. By enabling the reuse of proven workflows, the goal of the project is to enhance the efficiency of data analysis in similar projects and further advance collaboration between computer scientists and digital humanists.
The eXplore! project is founded to fit in this interdisciplinary domain and to further advance mutual research of computer scientists anddigital humanists. The goal of the project is the testing of new digital methods in literary studies.Therefore, the focus of the research lies on autobiographic texts in general and on the diaries of Klaus Mann, a famous German writer, in particular.Text mining by scientific workflows and computer simulation are used to investigate potential influenceson the author’s literary productivity. […]In order to reach a broader applicability of the developed methods, reusability is a further objective of the project.