Research group Computational Literary Studies
Specialisation Interface of literature and digital technique
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Peter Boot studied mathematics in Leiden and Dutch in Utrecht. He worked for more than ten years in the IT-industry, where he specialized in database technology. In November 2009 he received his PhD from Utrecht University with a thesis on annotations in digital scholarly editions. At the Huygens Institute, he works as a senior researcher at the interface of content and technology. His research focuses on the computational study of literature and on the possibilities of digital editions. In the computational study of literature, his main focus is on properties of the (literary) text and how readers respond to them. In doing so, he makes use of analyses of large amounts of online reviews. Regarding the possibilities of digital editions, his interests include the visual possibilities of the interface, XML technology and annotation options for researchers. Peter is involved as a consultant in various projects, such as the Mondrian edition project and the Anne Frank Manuscripts research project.