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Hachiman Digital Handscrolls (HDH)

Hachiman Digital Handscolls is a typical Phase 2 project. It is a collaboration between Melanie Trede (Chair of East Asian Art History), HRA and bitGilde. With a "Field of Focus 3: Core Facilities" grant the HRA and bitGilde conceptualized and implemented a set of new functions in HyperImage. The project is driven by Trede's research regarding the Karmic Origins of the Great Hachiman Bodhisattva and considers seven Japanese illuminated handscrolls, created between 1389 and the 19th century.

Two new features 1) navigation for extreme landscape formats  and 2) tagging are now part of the HyperImage 3 beta release. As a third feature 3) support for horizontal scripts has been added as a project specific feature. Especially the investment in the tagging functionality has laid the foundation for the creation of data that allows quantitative analysis on the micro and macro level.

Towards Phase 3

The two follow up projects Unsichtbare Netzwerke funded by FoF3 and Digitalisierungskonzept für japanische Querrollen in deutschen Sammlungen (DIJAQ) funded by the BMBF are milestones on the way towards a sustainable digital research portal for Japanese handscrolls in German collections. The HRA is key partner in the development of the digital strategy for this project working in close cooperation with the Heidelberg University Library and the Heidelberg Competence Center for Research Data.

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