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Die Bedeutung von AV-Arbeitsdateien für die kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung
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Research into cultural and philological resources involves going deeper into the subject matter than the finished, published work allows, by examining the various stages of the processes that have led to the final work.
Philological research which is historical examines layers of information that have evolved through the ages, analyzing them and producing new results out of the depth that the historical view affords.
In classical literature studies, it is the sketch books of the author, the edits to a manuscript, the annotations to a proof, etc. that can lead scholars to a critical edition and an in-depth view of the creative process.
In finished audiovisual resources as they are made available to us in the world, the historical view or the sources leading to the final recorded work are absent. So creating resources in the university audiovisual studios produces final results whose working files (Arbeitsdateien) are the pendant to the in-depth humanities resources of the past.
AV-Working files (Arbeitsdateien) can provide researchers with the kind of layered approach to the work that enables their analyses to take place. With AV-working files we can not only make critical judgements about the final result but can go into depth, just as research and teaching require.