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Funding for new Project by Melanie Trede

Feb 17, 2014

A new project by Cluster members Prof. Melanie Trede and Eric Decker will be funded by Heidelberg University's Field of Focus 3 "Cultural Dynamics in Globalised Worlds". Starting in March 2014, the one year project focuses on the digital representation of moveable picture and text formats.

The pilot project "The Optimisation of the Digital Representation of Moveable Picture and Text Formats" will using HyperImage digitise several Japanese illuminated handscrolls from the 14th to the 17th century. In order to view such scrolls, the viewer usually has to unroll them with both hands. These rolls are used as a case study to develop ways to digitise moveable objects effectively, so as to enable scholars and the public alike to study them without direct access. In order to overcome linguistic boundaries and render the data available to as many interested constituencies as possible, the database aims at developing tools to include transcriptions of the calligraphed text, English translations, annotations on motifs and compositions, and intends to offer the option for comparisons with other handroll versions.

The HyperImage Virtual Research Environment originated as a project funded from 2006 to 2009 by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of their Grid Initiative. The project deliverables were released as open source software. HyperImage has been integrated into the prometheus Image Archive, which provides a common interface to 78 image databases, as part of the follow-on project Meta-Image, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Several HyperImage installations exist at European universities and research institutions and the software is employed in research and teaching. Development and access to the HyperImage installation are ensured by bitGlide IT Solutions UG.

The new project is funded by the Field of Focus 3 "Cultural Dynamics in Globalised Worlds," in the subcategory "Core Facilities," of Heidelberg University. One of the aims of the Field of Focus is to further collaboration between different departments and disciplines. Digital Humanities, and especially the HRA, are an essential component of these efforts. The techniques developed in this pilot project are likely to be applied in other contexts as well, not just for the digitisation of moveable texts and paintings but also, for monumental artworks, such as statues and architectures.

The project "Moveable Picture and Text Formats" is coordinated by Prof. Melanie Trede, principal investigator at the Cluster and Professor for the history of Japanese art at Heidelberg University, together with Eric Decker, coordinator of the Heidelberg Research Architecture.


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