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 the Strand Campus of King’s 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. Regular readers of this blog will have already seen our poster for DH 2014, but do visit the site if you haven’t yet seen it. There’s much more detail there about the project, including one post of the DigiPal project blog which summarises the website and its functionality. Quoting from that, you can:
- Search for manuscripts and charters, scribes, scribal hands, and graphs (images of letter-forms).
- Explore a faceted search of manuscripts and charters, images, scribes hands and graphs (this is still in ‘beta’).
- Browse images of over 800 manuscript pages and charters.
- Read descriptions of manuscripts, charters, and scribal hands.
- See images of manuscript and charter pages marked up with palaeographical annotations.
- Form collections of images, whether of complete pages or of individual images, saving them to your browser or desktop, or sharing them via Twitter, e-mail, or whatever else you prefer. See, for instance, my collection of the letter b written by the famous scribe Eadwig Basan.
- Once you have a collection then you can send it to the Lightbox, which allows you to manipulate your images in various ways (resizing, rotating, overlaying, comparing and so on), where you can again share, download and so on. See, for instance, the collection of Eadwig’s bs.
- Download our framework from our open-source repository on GitHub.
- Connect your software directly to the DigiPal data using our API (preliminary documentation is available on GitHub) which in turn allows custom searches like this display of images associated with a particular hand. (Remember, this is not designed for human consumption!)
- We don’t use these in DigiPal, but the framework also has a component for generating maps and timelines of your data which some associated projects are using.
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 on Tuesday!