Geoffrey Rockwell “Too Much Information and the KWIC” in Shanghai

Geoffrey Rockwell presented a paper written with Stéfan Sinclair in Shanghai, China at Fudan University on “Too Much Information and the KWIC” at the Cross-cultural, Cross-group and Comparative Modernity Conference in November 2017.

In the paper the authors argue that the KIWC (Key Word In Context) was a crucial innovation that remediated the concordance as a form of display that can be generated by computer for exploring large scale text collections.

By moving from a historical discussion to an experiment in the replication of the original KWIC process for rapid dissemination, Rockwell and Sinclair reflect on replication as a digital humanities practice that explores new ways of knowing triggered by new forms of information.