TEI Conference 2013: online registration opened

Dear Digital Medievalist members,

we are pleased to announce that online registration for the TEI Conference and Members meeting 2013 has now opened. This year’s TEI Conference is hosted at the University of Roma La Sapienza, Italy, with the support of AIUCD (Italian Association for Humanities Computing and Digital Cultures) and will take place from from 2 to 5 October. As usual the Conference is preceded by three days of workshops and tutorials from September 29 to October 2.

This year’s theme is: The Linked TEI: Text Encoding in the Web. The programme includes keynote lectures by Allen Renear (professor and interim Dean at GSLIS) and Marie-Luce Demonet (professor of French Renaissance literature and director of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Val de Loire), parallel sessions of papers, the annual TEI business meeting, a poster session/tools demonstration and slam, and special interest group (SIG) meetings. Details about the programme, as well as infos about accommodation and local attractions are available in the Conference website at http://digilab2.let.uniroma1.it/teiconf2013/.

The rates and the online registration facilities are available at


We hope to meet you all in Rome!


Fabio Ciotti & Gianfranco Crupi
Local organizers TEI Conference 2013

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (roberto.rossellidelturco@gmail.com)


New Bownde: New Scholarship in Early Modern Binding Folger Shakespeare Library, 15-€“16 August 2013

The Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C.) hosts a two-day, international conference to explore new tools for the study of English and Continental bookbinding and share new scholarship in the materiality of the book. Fifteen scholars from seven countries present papers on different aspects of bookbindings, and four international experts conduct workshops exploring new tools and instruments for the study of early modern bindings.

New Bownde: New Scholarship in Early Modern Binding marks the culmination of a two-year project to build an online database of binding images from the Folger collection.
The conference is preceded by a unique, free of charge workshop on Wednesday 14 August 2013 about “digital rubbings” of early modern bookbindings.

See the program on http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=4498

For more information or questions, please contact Goran Proot, gproot@folger.edu or 202-675 0356 (office hours)

Posted by: Timoty Leonardi (timoty.leonardi@tesorodelduomovc.it).

6a giornata nazionale per lo studio multidisciplinare dei manoscritti miniati

Codici miniati: incontro tra Arte e Scienza
6° giornata nazionale per lo studio multidisciplinare dei manoscritti miniati In codicibus cooperiendis doctos artifices. Materiali e tecniche della legatura

Venerdì 21 giugno 2013
Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense – Sala Maria Teresa
Via Brera, 28 – Milano

9.30 Saluto del direttore Andrea De Pasquale

9.45 I sessione – La legatura: uno sguardo d’insieme

Giusi Zanichelli (Università degli Studi di Salerno): Visualizzare il codice: il ruolo della legatura nel sistema delle immagini

Frédéric Tixier (Ecole du Louvre, Paris): Les plaques de reliure en Opus Lemovicense: typologies, usages et collections

Franca Alloatti (Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense di Milano): Carte decorate nella legatura

Andrea De Pasquale (Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense di Milano, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria di Torino): Le legature editoriali

11.25 Coffee break

11.35 II sessione – Casi di studio

Timoty Leonardi (Biblioteca Capitolare di Vercelli): Legami tra cartolai e istituzioni locali: riuso di manoscritti smembrati a Vercelli

Saverio Lomartire (Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale): Legature preziose nel Museo del Tesoro del Duomo di Vercelli

Chiara Maggioni (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore): La Pace di Chiavenna

12.50 Buffet

Paola Venturelli (Museo Gonzaga di Mantova): L’evangeliario di Ariberto di Intimiano

Federico Macchi (bibliofilo): Biblioteca Palatina di Parma – Il censimento delle legature storiche – Sorprese e curiosità

14.50 III sessione – Indagini diagnostiche

Angelo Agostino (Università degli Studi di Torino): Metalli nobili sulle legature di Chiavenna, Milano e Vercelli

Gaia Fenoglio (Università degli Studi di Torino): Smalti e vetri sulle legature di Chiavenna, Milano e Vercelli

15.40 Coffee break

Maurizio Aceto (Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale): Gli adesivi delle legature di Chiavenna e Vercelli

Pietro Baraldi (Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia: Le placche in avorio dei codici antichi: colori e dorature

16.40 Conclusione dei lavori

La partecipazione al seminario è gratuita. Per l’iscrizione compilare il modulo online al sito web http://www.arc.unito.it. È prevista la pubblicazione online degli atti con accesso libero.
A richiesta, gli studenti e dottorandi di ricerca dei Corsi di Laurea in Scienze dei Beni Culturali o affini potranno ricevere un attestato di frequenza alla giornata da presentare alle loro Università per il rilascio di crediti formativi.

Per informazioni contattare:
Dott. Maurizio Aceto
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale
Viale T. Michel, 11 – 15121 Alessandria
Tel. 0131 360265

Posted by: Timoty Leonardi (timoty.leonardi@tesorodelduomovc.it).

Conference Automatic Pattern Recognition and Historical Handwritting Analysis

The number of historical documents which are available in digital form has dramatically increased throughout the last five to ten years. Consequently, there has also been a significant growth in the development of computerized tools for the support of the analysis of such documents. The project “Script and Signs. A Computer-based Analysis of Highmedieval Papal Charters. A Key to Europe’s Cultural History”, which is funded by the e-humanities initiative of the German Ministry of Education, therefore organizes a international symposium. The aim of this symposium is to bring the world’s leading experts on historical document analysis from a diverse set of fields, such as Pattern Recognition, Computer Vision, Medieval History and Auxiliary Sciences of History together.
This inital point provide a compilation of results of single projects in order to focus on them in the future.


June 14, 2013
8:00 Registration
8:30 Welcome
Joachim Hornegger
Vice-President of University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

8:45 Message from Chairs
Klaus Herbers, Irmgard Fees
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg / Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

9:00 Script and Signs. A Computer-based Analysis of High Medieval Papal Charters. A Key to Europe’s Cultural History
Vincent Christlein
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

09:15 Presentation of the Papal Documents Database
Thorsten Schlauwitz
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Section I. Traditional Palaeography

09:30 Considerations of the Identification of Scribes: Aims and Methods of Traditional Palaeography
Martin Wagendorfer
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

10.10 Forensic Handwriting Analysis
Gudrun Bromm
Mannheim Laboratory for Script and Document Analysis

10:50 Break

Section II. Writer Identifcation

11:10 The Right Hand of the Pope: on the Authenticity of the Cardinal Signatures in Registers from the 12th and 13th Centuries
Werner Maleczek
University of Vienna

11:50 Role of Automation in the Examination of Handwritten Items: the Lindbergh Case
Sargur Srihari
University at Buffalo – State University of New York

12:30 The necessity of simultaneous multiple perspectives in digital identification of the hand
Lambert Schomaker
University of Groningen

13:10 Lunch Break

Section III. Digital Palaeography

14:10 The Evolution of Handwriting in the Papal Curia of the 15th Century
Thomas Frenz
University of Passau

14:50 In Meaning versus Mining, and Putting the Palaeographer in Charge
Peter Stokes
King’s College London

15:30 Break

15:50 Image Analysis and Clustering of Medieval Scripts: an Evaluation Protocol
Dominique Stutzmann
French National Center for Scientific Research

16:30 Handwritten Word Spotting in Historical Documents: the Project Five Centuries of Marriages
Josep Lladós
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

June 15, 2013

Section IV. General Document Analysis

8:30 Layout and Writer Identifcation
Otfried Krafft
University of Marburg

9:10 Multispectral Image Acquisition and Analysis for Manuscript Research
Robert Sablatnik
Vienna University of Technology

09:50 Break

Section V. Automatic Handwriting Recognition and Analysis

10:10 Diptychon: a Transcription Assistant System for the Separation of Glyphs in Medieval Handwritings
Björn Gottfried, Matthias Lawo
University of Bremen / Monumenta Germaniae Historica and Humanities

10:50 Searching Handwritten Manuscripts
Raghavan Manmatha
University of Massachusetts

11:30 Automatic Tools for Historical Manuscript Analysis
Lior Wolf
Tel Aviv University

12:10 Concluding Discussion
Kurt Gärtner
Union of the German Academies of Sciences

13:00 Lunch & guided tour in Bamberg

For further information please visit: http://www.aot.uni-erlangen.de/saot/events/workshops/workshop-20/workshophistoricalanalysis.html

Posted by: Viktoria Trenkle (Viktoria.trenkle@gesch.phil.uni-erlangen.de).

Computerised Management of Ancient Scripts: State of the Question and Perspectives

Despite twenty years of constant developments in the digital humanities field and, in particular, the decisive progress made by the MUFI, the encoding of ancient scripts is still extremely problematic. With a view to gaining a comprehensive view of the current situation and future perspectives, the CESR (Centre for Advanced Renaissance Studies, Tours) and the IRAMAT (Institute for Research on Archaeomaterials, Orleans) jointly propose to bring together diverse specialists (researchers in literature, the humanities, social science; professionals working in libraries and museums, as well as in the graphic arts and computing) for a two day study session programmed to take place at Tours (France), on the 21st and 22nd May 2013.

The program is available at the following link :

Free registration to attend the conference :

Posted by: Jimenes, Rémi (remi.jimenes@univ-tours.fr).