Workshop on Genre Classification

The river Cam

On September 9, I participated in a workshop on Automated Document Genre Classification Supporting Digital Curation, Information Retrieval, and Knowledge Extraction organised by the British Digital Curation Centre which is part of the British e-Science Programme. The workshop was graciously hosted by Microsoft Research in Cambridge. Most of the discussion centred on the difficulty of reconciling the perspective of studying genre as an emerging and fluid communicative tool of discourse communities and as an intuitively relatively fixed category for use in a digital curation context. You can find my slides which address the question of what the study object of computational genre studies is; they argue for the establishment of use cases to clarify the issue.