PAIR Demonstrator - a sequence alignment service
PAIR is a sequence aligner, which means it does an automated scan of a digital text and executes a comparison against other texts, with an emphasis on finding common substrings within or between the texts. This kind of analytical routine is useful for tracking citations and quotations among different texts, detecting plagiarism, and discovering named entities or idioms. PAIR is part of Philologic, an environment for interacting with documents which are part of ARTFL, a collection of text databases. What happens when you create a shared service as part of an existing digital humanities project? What do central IT staff need to learn about working on digital humanities projects, and vice versa? Can the service be made sufficiently agnostic to be useful to a variety of scholars, in a variety of disciplines?