*selgā: a catalogue of primary source materials for Celtic studies

*selgā (http://www.vanhamel.nl/wiki) is a new online project for Celtic studies, published by the A. G. van Hamel Foundation for Celtic Studies, a Dutch non-profit organisation based in Utrecht. The project seeks to build a catalogue of texts and manuscripts, thereby providing a reference tool for studying written sources relevant to the field. The foundation intends to uncover a relatively untapped niche by making the catalogue available as a collaborative platform, which is based on the open-source MediaWiki software package. Scholars and students are invited to contribute to the project.

While comprehensiveness would be an unrealistic goal in the short term, *selgā has not been designed as a one-off, but as a continuous project which may be suited to accommodate smaller, more manageable ‘sub-projects’ under its umbrella. At present, over 500 texts – most of them in the realm of early Irish literature – have been indexed giving some basic information and citing relevant publications using an onboard bibliographic system. Links to online resources such as CELT and ISOS are generously included. New entries will be created and existing ones expanded and improved as the project develops.

Inquiries can be e-mailed to Dennis Groenewegen at selga[at]vanhamel.nl.

Posted by: Dennis Groenewegen (selga@vanhamel.nl).

Difficult images needed

One of our affiliated research students here at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, shared with the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering, needs some images to test his processing methods. I copy his request below. If you have any such material it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me off-list and I’ll put you in touch: s.mahony@ucl.ac.uk Regards

“My project involves applying image processing methods to multi-spectral images in order to enhance or reveal difficult-to-read text.

The type of images that I need are the full-spectrum of unmodified, multi-spectral images of manuscripts or documents. The methods that I use will try to enhance text from this manuscripts. Ideally the images should be from palimpsestic text, where at least one of the text is very difficult to see or image with visible light captures.”

Alejandro Giacometti alejandro.giacometti.09@ucl.ac.uk
Dept. of Medical Physics & Bioengineering
Dept. of Information Studies

eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) Website Launched

Robust open-source application makes managing access to digital content simple

The Publishing Group of the California Digital Library (CDL) announces the launch of the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) website (http://xtf.cdlib.org/), supporting a robust open-source application for providing access to digital content.  Developed and maintained by the CDL, XTF functions as the primary access technology for the CDL’s digital collections and similar projects worldwide.

XTF excels in supporting rapid, customized application development and deployment. Its high degree of extensibility and performance (even for large documents and large collections) frees implementers to focus on building sophisticated presentations for their digital object collections.

“It’s all about balancing flexibility and ease of use: putting infinite customization ability in the hands of curators and scholars with a driving need to provide deep access to their special collections,” says XTF lead developer Martin Haye.

XTF-based applications range from primary source image collections to publishing platforms and archival finding aid repositories at the University of California and many other institutions, including Northwestern University, the University of Sydney (Australia), Indiana University, Visual Arkiv (Sweden), Morehouse College, Durham University (UK), and the University of Virginia.

Highly customized implementations include:

  • CDL’s eScholarship (http://www.escholarship.org/ ), UC’s open access scholarly publishing platform, which publishes recent research from across the 10 campuses as well as nearly 40 UC-based scholarly journals. XTF customizations include a streamlined facet-selection interface, dynamic PDF snippets called “KWIC Pics,” PDF document previews in the browser, and support for a deep hierarchy of contributing academic units.
  • CDL’s Online Archive of California (http://www.oac.cdlib.org/), a collection of more than 20,000 archival finding aids and 200,000 digital primary sources (images and texts) from more than 150 archives, libraries, and other institutions in the state of California. XTF implementation features full-text search and display, detailed descriptive metadata, and a robust finding aid interface.
  • Indiana University’s The Chymistry of Isaac Newton (http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/newton/), a digital repository of transcriptions of Newton’s alchemical manuscripts. Site features a seamless blend of various web tools, including XTF as the search technology.
  • The Encyclopedia of Chicago (http://encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/), a collaboration between the Chicago  Historical Society, Northwestern University, and the Newberry Library. Site integrates XTF with an image zoomer to display a large collection of historic photographs and maps, as well as using XTF for search and display of descriptive metadata.

Lightly customized implementations include:

  • OhioLink Finding Aids Repository (http://ead.ohiolink.edu/xtf-ead/), this consortium of archives, libraries, and other institutions in the state of Ohio uses the default XTF implementation with dedicated branding and other slight modifications.
  • University of Buffalo Finding Aids (http://libweb1.lib.buffalo.edu:8080/findingaids/search) uses a basic XTF application to enable browse and search of collection guides from the university’s archival and manuscript collections.

The new site serves as an expanded resource for programmers, librarians, and the general public to explore and implement the Java and XSLT 2.0-based framework.  Features include:

For a full list of XTF’s features and benefits, as well as a technical overview, please visit http://xtf.cdlib.org/about or address queries to Martin Haye at Martin.Haye@ucop.edu.


Lisa Schiff, Ph.D.
Technical Lead
Publishing Group

California Digital Library http://www.cdlib.org/
University of California
Office of the President
415 20th Street, 4th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-2901

510-987-0881 (t) 510-893-5212 (f)

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (rosselli at ling dot unipi dot it)

Music Encoding Initiative Council announces the release of MEI

The Music Encoding Initiative Council announces the release of MEI 2010-05 – a groundbreaking digital musical notation model.

The MEI Council is pleased to announce the first collaboratively-designed method for encoding the intellectual and physical characteristics of music notation documents and their scholarly editorial apparatus. MEI has the ability to manage complex source situations and will dramatically improve the search, retrieval and display of notated music online, benefiting music scholars and performers. Because of MEI’s software independence, the data format defined by the schema also serves an archival function.

The MEI model is free and available for download at http://music-encoding.org/. The site also offers tutorials, examples, and experimental software for MEI conversion – more will be available in the near future. Information about the future of the project and how to get involved are also on the site.

The MEI Council is an international group of scholars, technologists, and educators representing a broad range of musicological, theoretical, and pedagogical interests. The Council was created through funding to the University of Virginia Library and the University of Paderborn from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About the University of Virginia
With 14 physical locations as well as the original Rotunda, the U.Va. Library contains more than 5 million books, 17 million manuscripts, rare books and archives, and rapidly growing digital collections. The Library is a leader in developing collections, tools, and collaborations that foster scholarship at the University and worldwide. It is known, in particular, for its strength in American history and literature and its innovation in digital technologies. The MEI project is a continuation of work begun in 2000 at U.Va.

About the University of Paderborn
The University of Paderborn has a special focus on Computer Science, exemplified by its Heinz-Nixdorf Institute. Together with the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, the University conducts the Seminar for Musicology where, in 2004 and in cooperation with the Carl Maria von Weber Complete-Edition project, preliminary work was performed regarding digital critical editions of music. Its “Edirom” project (also DFG-funded) has been developing platform- independent solutions for musical editions since 2006.

About the granting agencies
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is the central, self-governing research funding organization, serving all branches of science and the humanities by funding research at universities and other publicly financed research institutions in Germany and facilitating cooperation among investigators.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Any views, finding, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (rosselli at ling dot unipi dot it)

Version 1.0 of the Eadui font released under the Open Font License

Many thanks to those who tested my Eadui font, which tries to faithfully reproduce the English Caroline Minuscule hand of the eleventh-century Canterbury scribe Eadui Basan. I’ve released version 1.0 under the Open Font License on the Open Font Library website:


Happy summer to all,
Peter Baker

[From the accompanying document (Eadui.pdf):]

EADUI THE FONT IS NAMED FOR A SCRIBE WHO worked at Christ Church, Canterbury, in the first half of the eleventh century and signed himself “Eaduuius cognomento Basan.” This Eadui Basan was a leading practitioner of the scribal hand known to paleographers as style IV English caroline minuscule. Like caroline minuscules generally, this one is notable for its legibility; and Eadui’s work, at its best, possesses a formal beauty that is matched by few scribes of his time.

This font, based on Eadui’s hand, uses OpenType features to emulate the characteristics of written script: numerous ligatures and contextual variants give the script the slightly irregular look of a handmade thing. Eadui works best with applications that make available the OpenType features of fonts. These include Adobe InDesign and XeTeX; many features of Eadui are also accessible in Mellel and iWorks, fewer in word processors like Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.org.