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Information technology, Forgery, Books -- Forgeries, Book industries and trade


This paper will examine the bibliographic methodology used by book historians to detect a print forgery, and it will attempt to show those same methodologies can be applied to digital documents by digital humanities scholars to uncover digital forgeries. To accomplish this it will be necessary to examine a known case of forgery and detail the exact methods used to uncover it, as well as look at the methods and tools available to digital humanities scholars. Doing this should allow us to map the forensic methods of analytical bibliography to their digital counterparts. The goal will be to establish a verifiable process to aid future scholars looking to scrutinize digital documents. Noah Wardrip-Fruin uses a similar approach in his reading of Christopher Strachey’s love letter generator the Manchester Mark 1, “First we need to identify some features of the work’s process from which to begin our interpretation. One approach to this is comparison—considering two or more processes together, and seeing which shared and differing features emerge.”


Paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of either the Master of Arts in Writing: Book Publishing, or the Master of Science in Writing: Book Publishing.

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