Seminar: An Integrated System For Generating And Correcting Polytonic Greek OCR

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2013
Friday July 19 at 16:30 in room S264, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Federico Boschetti (Pisa) & Bruce Robertson (Mount Allison)
An Integrated System For Generating And Correcting Polytonic Greek OCR


The digital books revolution has left behind scholars working with ancient Greek: the most important impediments to digitizing polytonic Greek have been the lack of a high-quality optical character recognition for this script, especially under open-source licenses, and an assisted editor for polytonic Greek proof-reading. We present a integrated system that fills these critical gaps, making it possible for polytonic Greek texts to be digitized en masse by Rigaudon OCR, a complete suite of scripts, python code and data required for producing polytonic Greek OCR. The output provided by Rigaudon OCR is post-processed and piped to the CoPhiProofReader web application.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

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Toronto 2014 – Digitizing the Medieval Archive

Digitizing the Medieval Archive
An International Conference
Centre for Medieval Studies
University of Toronto March 27–29, 2014

Keynote speakers:
David Greetham (The Graduate Center, CUNY)
Stephen G. Nichols (Johns Hopkins University)
Caroline Macé (KU Leuven)
Consuelo Dutschke (Columbia University Library)

As the question of how medievalists may work within a digital environment becomes an increasingly more widely discussed topic, we invite scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences to convene in Toronto to consider and discuss the possibilities of the digitized medieval archive. This conference sets out to explore ways in which medievalists might harness the vast, digital possibilities for a cross-institutional and interdisciplinary medieval archive. Possible topics may include but are not limited to the following:

Implications of digital archives for the editing of medieval texts Methodologies and/or ideologies behind digital archivization The archivization of already existing digital databases
Digitized archives/collections as enabling or limiting research The digital (re)construction of medieval collections
Compilation and order of medieval texts
Textual forms / reading methods
Fluidity of the medieval text and the Internet
The digital conglomeration of visual and narrative data
Digital visualization of medieval documents, art and literature

Please submit a short C.V. and abstracts of 250 words to by October 1, 2013 for consideration.


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The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (seminar). London, July 5

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2013
Friday July 5 at 16:30 in room S264, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Dot Porter (University of Pennsylvania)
The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance: a federated platform for discovery and research

The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) is an international community of scholars, projects, institutions, and organizations engaged in digital scholarship within the field of medieval studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MESA makes recommendations on technological and scholarly standards for electronic scholarship, aggregates data from digital projects, and provides an interface for scholars to discover and repurpose this data. The seminar will focus on how MESA serves the “traditional” medievalist who is interested in finding and using digital resources. Starting with a history of medievalists and their interactions with digital technology, the seminar will finish with a demonstration of MESA.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact,, or, or see the seminar website at

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Voting will be OPEN until TUE 9th JULY, GMT midnight.

To vote in the election you must be one of the subscribers to the Digital Medievalist mailing list, <> (Follow <; to join). The survey used to vote asks for your email address for this purpose solely, it is only seen by the returning officers and no other use is made of it.

Board positions are for two year terms and incumbents may be re-elected. Members of the board are responsible for the overall direction of the organisation and leading the Digital Medievalist’s many projects and programmes. This is a working board and candidates should be willing and able to commit time to helping Digital Medievalist undertake some of its activities (such as hands on copy-editing of its journal).

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The following biographical candidate statements (alphabetical order by surname) are intended to help you decide for whom you may wish to vote. There are 4 positions available and so you may cast a total of up to 4 votes. After voting please remember to click DONE!


Benjamin Albritton works as the digital medieval program manager at Stanford University Libraries. In that role, he oversees the Parker on the Web project (<>), the preservation of Walters Art Museum digital manuscript content in the Stanford Digital Repository (<>), and ongoing content collaborations with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the University of Pennsylvania, and others.

In addition to content-based projects, he coordinates the Mellon-funded Digital Manuscript Technology program: an international manuscript interoperability project dedicated to cross-repository collaboration. This effort, shared by many collaborators, has spawned SharedCanvas (<>) and the International Image Interoperability Framework (<>). The primary aim of the project is increased access to distributed resources and tools for medieval scholars in order to enable comparative work across manuscript collections.

Benjamin is committed to bringing content owners, software developers, and scholars together to further research in medieval topics. In addition to his digital library work, he remains active as a musicologist. Current projects include: “Machaut in the Book” (co-PI), an interdisciplinary and collaborative study of the role of Guillaume de Machaut as author in the surviving witnesses to his works, with particular focus on poetic miscellanies; and “A Comparative Kalendar”, a nascent tool for navigation across digitized manuscripts that contain liturgical calendars.


Suzanne Paul is the Medieval Manuscripts Specialist at Cambridge University Library (<>). She is currently developing a new online catalogue of the library’s medieval manuscripts using TEI and participating in the ongoing digitisation of the collection in the Cambridge Digital Library (<>). From 2007 to May 2013 she was sub-librarian at the Parker Library (<>), Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, with particular responsibility for creating and updating metadata in XML and database formats for Parker on the Web (<>). She has extensive experience of collaborating with researchers and other librarians on digital projects.


I am a medievalist with around ten years’ experience in digital humanities. My first academic post was on the Partonopeus de Blois Electronic Edition Project (<>), where I worried about the textual difficulties of an Old French romance alongside straightening out the project’s automated text processing needs. Since then I’ve developed a tool for gathering linguistic data from Twitter, used by Ruth Page in her _Stories and Social Media: Identities and Interaction_ (Routledge, 2012), have created tools for generating the indices of the Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060-1220 project (<>), and was part of the team responsible for HALOGEN (<>). I am currently working on software tools for comparison across Middle English texts with divergent orthographic forms and on the application of cluster analysis to historical onomastic data. I would welcome the opportunity to contribute to the running of Digital Medievalist as an Executive Board member.


I am currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. I have a degree in Classics and English Literature and another in Computer Engineering, as well as a PhD in Anglo-Saxon palaeography. I have worked as Research Associate, Analyst and/or Developer on the LangScape (<>), Anglo-Saxon Cluster (<>), and Electronic Sawyer (<>) projects at King’s. I have also held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship on computer-based methods in palaeography, and was awarded a major research grant for DigiPal (<>), which I lead as Principal Investigator. I lecture in Digital Humanities and in palaeography, I advise on external digital projects, and I am Principal Coordinator of Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (MMSDA; <>), a five-day training programme for PhD students.

A full CV is available at <>.

I have served on the Executive Board of Digital Medievalist and been Associate Editor of the Journal since 2009, and I have been Director of DM since 2012. In addition to these roles I have contributed to DM in many other ways, including updates, improvements and emergency fixes to the website; running conference sessions; helping introduce term limits for the Board; and co-acting as Returning Officer for the 2010 elections. DM’s membership has grown significantly during this time, increasing by more than 15% in the last year, so if re-elected my key goal will be to establish the expertise and infrastructural stability necessary to allow this growth to continue in the longer term.


Stutzman, Dominique (2011-2013). After degrees in Classics, History and German studies at the Sorbonne, Dominique Stutzmann studied at the École nationale des Chartes (<>; archiviste paléographe, 2002), received a MLIS and worked at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (MSS Dept.) and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (<>; Digital Information Dept.). He completed a PhD on scribal practices of Cistercian communities in medieval Burgundy, for which he developed the statistical analysis of scribal profiles based on TEI encoding. Since 2007, he is lecturer of medieval paleography at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (<>) and, since 2010, research fellow at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (<>; CNRS). In the Graphem project (<>; 2008-2011), he co-organized an international colloquium on computer-aided script analysis, categorization and classification (Paris, 14-15 April 2011). He is now principal investigator of the ORIFLAMMS project (<>; 2013-2016), joining Computer Vision, Linguistics and Palaeography (allographic transcriptions, ontology of forms) in study of the variety of medieval scripts and its factors (place, time, language, formality, function).


My name is Sean Swanick and I am the Islamic Studies Liaison Librarian at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Since starting in 2009, I have, amongst my other duties of collection development, reference work and teaching, and related activities curated a number of exhibitions highlighting McGill’s rich manuscript collection. Noteworthy for the members of Digital Medievalist are the 2012 exhibition “Book Culture in the Medieval Mediterranean World” (co-curated with Dr. C. Hilsdale of the Art History department and Ms. J. Garland of Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill), the Shahnmeh exhibition of the famous Persian epic poem which was also an online exhibition (<>) and the Abū Hāmid al-Ghazālī (1058-1111) exhibition and accompanying booklet. Through these efforts, I strive to combine research exercises with professors and students in order to highlight the rich collections of McGill University. In addition, I have co-curated an Islamic Calligraphy exhibition in 2010 which was later digitized (<>).

If elected, I will serve the community in engaging in scholarly activities and leading and ensuring that the overall direction of the organisation and the Digital Medievalist’s many projects and programmes remain a priority and continue to flourish.


CfP: Blackburn’s Worthy Citizen: The Philanthropic Legacy of R. E. Hart

Blackburn’s Worthy Citizen: The Philanthropic Legacy of R. E. Hart 23 November, 2013 in the Senate House

R E Hart’s collection of about 800 items, including 400 incunabula and early printed books, as well as 22 medieval manuscripts, was donated to Blackburn Library in 1946, and has been part of Blackburn Museum’s collections since 1972. An AHRC-funded project to display ten of the most impressive manuscripts and early printed books at the Senate House, London, throughout November, will culminate in a colloquium on the past, present and future of the Blackburn collection, including a round table discussion on the role in general of collections such as Hart’s in local communities today.
We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on the past, present and future of such collections in their contexts. Papers could explore late Victorian and early twentieth century collectors and their collections; they could also look at items or types of items present in Hart’s collection, including important 13th century psalters (the Blackburn Psalter and the Peckover Psalter), 14th and 15th century English, French and Flemish Books of Hours, as well as Incunabula. Finally, papers could address the future of small collections such as Hart’s, and their role in local communities in the digital era. How does the widespread digitation of larger collections affect smaller collections such as Hart’s?

Please email proposals of approximately 250 words to Courtnay Konshuh by August 15, 2013. We are offering Bibliographical Society Studentships for graduate students’ travel expenses– if you wish to apply for this, please indicate this in an email to us at hiddenhartbooks[at]yahoo[dot]com

For more information on this project, the exhibition and its contents, please see

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