COLLATE Collaboratory for annotation, indexing, and retrieval

From the project home page http://www.deutsches-filminstitut.de/collate/:

[COLLATE is] a Web-based collaboratory for archives, researchers and end-users working with digitized historic material. It… offers new ways of document-centered knowledge work to distributed user groups. European film heritage and censorship processes in the 1920s and 1930s were chosen as an example domain for the project. The developed COLLATE technologies, however, can easily be adapted to other application domains and usage contexts which are similarly information-intensive.

The current COLLATE collection of rare historic documents was provided by three major film and national archives from Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. It consists of about 20000 digitized document pages describing film censorship procedures related to historic films and enriched context documentation including press material and digitized photos and film fragments. Members of these institutions – film historians and archivists – worked as pilot users, employing the COLLATE system for detailed cataloguing of the document collection and for in-depth content indexing and annotation of relevant sub-collections.

At the end of the project we established both an innovative Web-based collaboratory with a comfortable work environment for in-depth knowledge work with the material and a comprehensive, selected digitized collection of rare historic documents on European historic film that was interpreted and annotated by a multination team of film experts.

Since the end of the project the achieved results have been maintained and made available to the public. The project partners plan to further promote the system, i.e. both the technologies and contents (first of all Fraunhofer IPSI as the coordinator and major technology delevoper and the Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF as coordinator of the content providers).

Source(s): Web-based solutions

DigiPal Launch Party

Date: Tuesday 7th October 2014
Time: 5.45pm until the wine runs out
Venue: Council Room, King’s College London, Strand WC2R 2LS
Co-sponsor: Centre for Late Antique & Medieval studies, KCL
Register your place at http://digipallaunch.eventbrite.co.uk 

After four years, the DigiPal project is finally coming to an end. To celebrate this, we are having a launch party at King’s College London on Tuesday, 7 October. The programme is as follows:

  • Welcome: Stewart Brookes and Peter Stokes
  • Giancarlo Buomprisco: “Shedding Some Light(box) on Medieval Manuscripts”
  • Elaine Treharne (via Skype)
  • Donald Scragg: “Beyond DigiPal”
  • Q & A with the DigiPal team

If you’re in the area then do register and come along for the talks and a free drink (or two) in celebration. Registration is free but is required to manage numbers and ensure that we have enough drink and nibbles to go around.

If you’re not familiar with DigiPal already, we have been been developing new methods for the analysis of medieval handwriting. There’s much more detail about the project on our website, including one post of the DigiPal project blog which summarises the website and its functionality. Quoting from that, you can:

 Do have a look at the site and let us know what you think. And – just as importantly – do come and have a drink on us if you are in London on Tuesday!

The DigiPal Team

Robbins Library Digital Projects

The Rossell Hope Robbins Library at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) hosts a number of digital resources of interest to medievalists:

The Camelot Project (http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/cphome.stm) The Robin Hood Project (http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/rh/rhhome.htm)
TEAMS Middle English Texts Online (http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/teams/tmsmenu.htm)
The Crusades Project (http://www.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/crusadesproject/crusadeshome.htm)

All of our projects are now being translated into a new, more dynamic system which will go live before the end of the summer.

Alan Lupack

Posted by: Alan Lupack (alupack@library.rochester.edu).

InScribe: Palaeography Learning materials, a new online training platform

InScribe is an online course for the study of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies developed by several of the institutes within the School of Advanced Study (including the Institute of Historical Research and Institute of English Studies), with support from the Department of Digital Humanities (King’s College London), Senate House Library (London) and Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives. Devised by Prof Michelle Brown (IES) and Dr Jane Winters (IHR), InScribe aims to support the teaching of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies at a postgraduate level.

At present we are releasing the introductory module which introduces some basic notions about Palaeography and provides an overview of the evolution of script in the medieval period (with particular reference to the English context). Similarly, it gives students the chance to transcribe text from a selection of newly digitised manuscripts from Senate House Library and Exeter Cathedral Library & Archives. Later in the year, new modules will be released that will provide advanced training on Diplomatic, Script and Translation, Codicology and Illumination. The introductory module is free of charge.

To know more about InScribe click here (http://www.history.ac.uk/research-training/courses/online-palaeography).

Posted by: Francisco J Alvarez Lopez (francisco.alvarez-lopez@sas.ac.uk).