David J. Birnbaum

  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures


Digital Expertise: digital editions and XML-related technologies

David J. Birnbaum is Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been involved in the study of electronic text technology since the mid-1980s, has delivered presentations at a variety of digital humanities conferences, and has served on the board of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, the editorial board of Markup languages: theory and practice, and the Text Encoding Initiative Council. Much of his electronic text work intersects with his research in medieval Slavic manuscript studies, but he also often writes about issues in the philosophy of markup. At the University of Pittsburgh he regularly teaches “Computational methods in the humanities”, a coding-intensive XML-oriented course that is cross-listed in eight departments.