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ENGAGE project update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Segolene Tarte   
Friday, 01 May 2009 14:41
The OMII-UK (who funds the ENGAGE initiative) just organised a "Collaborations Workshop", at which part of the team working on linking up the  eSAD and BVREH projects was present. The poster presented at that workshop is available for download on the OeRC website here
Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2009 14:44
Workshop announcement: 13.05.2009 (on invitation) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Segolene Tarte   
Thursday, 02 April 2009 16:58

Investigators: Professor Alan Bowman, Professor Sir Michael Brady, Dr. Melissa Terras
Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Dr. Ségolène Tarte
Doctoral Student: Henriette Roued Olsen

This four-year interdisciplinary project, funded under the AHRC-EPSRC-JISC Arts and Humanities e-Science Initiative until September 2011, is based at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents and the Oxford e-Research Centre, with the collaboration of University College London. It aims to use computing technologies to aid experts in the complex tasks of reading damaged documents. A central part of the work involves creating tools to aid the reading of damaged texts such as the inscribed stilus tablets from the Roman fort of Vindolanda and elsewhere. We will also develop an Interpretation Support System (ISS), which will be used in the routine tasks of decipherment and will track the stages and the processes of decipherment and interpretation. A combination of image-processing tools and an ontology-based support system will be developed to facilitate ‘expert reading’ and track the development of hypotheses

Last Updated on Friday, 25 September 2009 16:41
Vindolanda Tablets updated website PDF Print E-mail
Written by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe   
Tuesday, 09 December 2008 12:09

I have recently updated the Vindolanda tablets web application I was working on to show how we can get more use out of the Vindolanda ink tablets through contextual encoding. The website is now just called:


The basics about the tablets and where they are also published has been added together with a short explanation about the extra contextual encoding. 

The viewer and index searcher have been improved a bit but work in much the same way as before. 

Please feel free to leave a comment if you find any mistakes or things that are not working as they should so I can correct it asap. 

The application has a link to this website and there is a link from here to the application in the "External websites" menu.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2008 12:39
ENGAGE project kickoff PDF Print E-mail
Written by Segolene Tarte   
Thursday, 12 March 2009 15:52

As part of the OMII-UK ENGAGE initiative, a new project has just been started at the OeRC, lead by Dr. David Wallom and myself. It aims to offer the output of the eSAD project, and particularly the image processing tools we develop, to a wider research community of Classicists through the use of an easy-to-use web-based Virtual Research Environment. As such it bridges the eSAD project and the VRE-SDM project. While the front-end user interface will remain an easy to use application, it will be able to exploit the National Grid Services resources to carry out the advanced computations in the background.

View the OMII-UK announcement of this project here.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2009 15:47
About the Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Melissa Terras   
Tuesday, 13 May 2008 12:37

The Image, Text, Interpretation: e-Science, Technology and Documents project (also known as eSAD: e-Science and Ancient Documents) aims to use computing technologies to aid experts in reading ancient documents in their complex task. The four year project, being undertaken at the University of Oxford with input from University College London, is funded under the AHRC-EPSRC-JISC Arts and Humanities e-Science Initiative, and will run until the end of 2011.

The project will work on creating tools which can aid the reading of damaged texts like the stilus tablets from Vindolanda. Furthermore, the project will explore how an Interpretation Support System (ISS) can be used in the day-to-day reading of ancient documents and keep track of how the documents are interpreted and read. A combination of image processing tools and an ontology based support system will be developed to facilitate experts by tracking their developing hypotheses.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2009 15:28
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