The CATMA team is very pleased to announce that Google will support the development of CLÉA (Collaborative Literature Éxploration and Annotation Environment) with an award of 50000 USD. CLÉA will be a CATMA based web application for the annotation and exploration of large corpora of texts such as Google Books.
CATMA is currently used in, among other, an MA textual analysis seminar on the Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler. Schnitzler, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud’s, introduced into German narrative prose the narrative technique of so-called ‘internal focalization’, i.e. psychological introspection into characters. With CATMA students tag and analyse surfcae markers as well as deeper level semantic attributes in Schnitzler’s texts to identify the specific patterns of introspection in his narratives.
An example for using CATMA to markup a spreadsheet containing historic oceanographic data has been supplied by Alexander Dorsk. Instead of having to manually tag over 500 occurrences CATMA was used to execute a regular expression based tagging routine, reducing a task of some 10 hours to a minute or two. A detailed description plus a screencast give more information on the individual steps and provide a good demo of CATMA use in practice (thanks, Alex!).