[Humanist] 27.138 pubs: Great Parchment Book

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Wed Jun 19 22:18:00 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 138.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:07:19 +0100
        From: Melissa Terras <melissaterras at gmail.com>
        Subject: Launch of the Great Parchment Book online

Hi Everyone,

UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and UCL Department of Computer Science have been involved in an imaging project which might be of interest to those on this list. 

The Great Parchment Book of the Honourable The Irish Society is a major survey from 1639 of all estates in Derry managed by the City of London. It represents a hugely important source for the City of London’s role in the Protestant colonisation and administration of Ulster. Damaged as the result of a fire at Guildhall in 1786, it has been unavailable to researchers for over 200 years.

A partnership with the Department of Computer Science and the Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London (UCL) established a four year EngD in the Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation programme in September 2010 (jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and London Metropolitan Archives) with the intention of developing software to enable the manipulation (including virtual stretching and alignment) of digital images of the book rather than the object itself. The aim was to make the distorted text legible, and ideally to reconstitute the manuscript digitally.

The project is nearing completion, and the website launched at the start of June at http://www.greatparchmentbook.org/ . A video on the home page explains more about the work: you can see the work of the UCL researchers involved (Dr Tim Weyrich, Dr Melissa Terras, and Kazim Pal) at 3.30, which shows the software developed to stretch and manipulate the images of the book to aid the transcribers in their task.

best wishes,

Melissa M. Terras MA MSc DPhil CLTHE CITP FHEA
Director, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities
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