Palaeography, both in the narrow sense of the history of handwriting and more broadly as book history and the study of documents and manuscripts as material objects, stands as the foundation of much of medieval studies. However, the palaeographical method has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, due on the one hand to the ever continuing desire for greater rigour, and on the other to the sudden availability of many thousands - if not millions - of digitised manuscripts and relatively powerful desktop computers with which to manipulate them. This book presents an authoritative reflection of the state of the art in the application of ICT to the field of palaeography. Although the focus is on palaeography in the narrow sense of Western European medieval handwriting, some chapters apply to the field more widely and encompass issues such as crowdsourcing, diplomatics, and digital libraries as well as Hebrew and modern manuscripts.
1. Palaeography Today: Old Questions and New Technologies (Eef Overgaauw) 2. Will the Real Palaeographer Please Stand Up? (Elaine Treharne) 3. Computing and Palaeography in Theory (Peter A. Stokes) 4. Thinking Inside the Box: DigiPal in Practice (Stewart Brookes) 5. The Digital Eye of the Palaeographer (Erik Kwakkel) 6. Estimating the Distinctiveness of Graphemes and Allographs in Palaeographic Classification (Noga Levy, Lior Wolf, Nachum Dershowitz and Peter A. Stokes) 7. Variability as a Key Factor for Understanding Medieval Scripts: The ORIFLAMMS Project (Dominique Stutzmann) 8. Consolidating the Results of Automatic Search in Large-Scale Digital Collections (Lior Wolf and Nachum Dershowitz) 9. Navigating the Cairo Genizah Collection (Ben Outhwaite) 10. Interpreting Ancient Documents: Of Avatars, Uncertainty and Knowledge Creation (Segolene Tarte)
Digital technologies are increasingly important to arts and humanities research, expanding the horizons of research methods in all aspects of data capture, investigation, analysis, modelling, presentation and dissemination. This series, one of the first and most highly regarded in the field, covers a wide range of disciplines and provides an authoritative reflection of the 'state of the art' in the application of computing and technology. The titles in this peer-reviewed series are critical reading not just for experts in digital humanities and technology issues, but for all scholars working in arts and humanities who need to understand the issues around digital research.