Project Details


DESCRIPTION (adapted from the Abstract): The Center for Electronic Texts in
the Humanities (CETH), in conjunction with the New York Psychoanalytic
Institute (NYPI) and the Brill Library, is developing a prototype of a full
text database (In English and German) of the writings of Sigmund Freud. The
NYPI has provided a seed grant to begin this project in early 1995. The
CETH is devoting this first section of the prototype to Freud's early
writings, those before the landmark publication, The Interpretation of
Dreams (1900). CETH now requests a publication grant from the National
Library of Medicine to create an electronic matrix of Freud's writings
before 1900 (many of which were excluded from the English Standard Edition
and will be available here in English, for the first time), and related
works by other contemporary writers (including Breuer and Charcot). The
NYPI will provide consultation on psychiatric content, library uses, and
copyright permissions for the texts to be entered. This historically
specific set of texts will reveal both how the development of Freud's model
of brain-mind interaction informed his later, psychoanalytic writings and
how that model grew out of the epistemological context of late 19th century
science. The prototype will test the viability of a larger textbase of
Freud's complete works, which could ultimately be used not only by
neurologists and psychiatrists, but also by historians of science and
medicine to access and associate Freud's writings to study Freud's works in
the context of his own scientific culture.

The texts will be encoded in the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML)
adopted by the International Standards Organization (ISO) as the standard
format for the interchange of data and documents independently of the
software and hardware used to produce them. This encoding, furthermore,
will conform to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) implementation of SGML.
The TEI represents an investment for the future, as well as a theoretically
sound basis for describing the structural characteristics of a complex text
and its content. For the purposes of the proposed project, TEI SGML will
allow the textbase to be delivered and used with other networked information
in many media, so that it can be used for medical education, scholarly
research, and a wide variety of other pedagogical applications.
Effective start/end date6/15/976/14/99


  • U.S. National Library of Medicine


  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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