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Accepted papers at AHM 2009 and IEEE e-Science 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Segolene Tarte   
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15:11

Two papers describing the work conducted under the Engage umbrella and linking up the eSAD and the VRE-SDM projects have been accepted for presentations: one at the e-Science All Hands Meeting, and the other at the IEEE e-Science conference, both due to take place in Oxford in December 2009.

They can be downloaded here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 September 2009 13:35
Now with Gallery PDF Print E-mail
Written by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe   
Friday, 07 August 2009 15:28

We are at the moment adding images to this website. They can all be viewed in the gallery section in the main menu. So far we have pictures from our workshop in May and various conferences.

We are also adding images of some of the ancient documents we have been working on. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 September 2009 11:44
Update on ISS and Web Services PDF Print E-mail
Written by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:05

Knowledge base

I have been working on the XML encoding of the Vindolanda Tablets trying to update the website "Vindolanda Tablets Online" with the new tablets from the third book on The Vindolanda Writting Tablets, whilst adding extended functionality to the website. This includes work with contextual encoding and creating XML through PHP scripting.

This work has enabled me to create a new website for the Vindolanda Tablets, which is not finished yet. It uses the contextual encoding of the Vindolanda Tablets (fig. 1) to pull out the indexed words and allows the user to search through them using Ajax LiveSearch technology (fig. 2).


Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 08:33
ENGAGE project wrap-up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Segolene Tarte   
Monday, 20 July 2009 10:35

The eSAD+VRE-SDM project, part of the Engage initiative supported by OMII-UK and the NGS, has now ended.

Within four months, we were able to develop an image processing portal, offering the latest eSAD algorithms as a web-service through the VRE-SDM framework.

The outcomes of the project include:  a web-based application, a proof of concept for the usability of the VRE-SDM platform, an opportunity for wider dissemination for the eSAD algorithms, and a proof of feasibility for the use of the NGS for Humanities applications.

The final report of this side-project is available for download here

This project also provided us with the necessary knowledge to integrate in the future new image processing algorithms as a web-service accessible through the portal. One current focus of our research in the on-going eSAD project is the development of advanced feature detection algorithms, to support papyrologists in their script detection task.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 July 2009 10:25
Subjects discussed in the "Quo vadis" sessions at the workshop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Segolene Tarte   
Thursday, 21 May 2009 16:31

Please note that the workshop talks are available for download here.

1- Morning session

About letter shapes - Is there any way to deal with statistical letter shapes? Melissa’s work did build statistical models of letter shapes for the Vindolanda ink tablets, based on positional probabilities within a character box. Another statistical modeling method would be by Principal Component Analysis, provided that enough samples are available. One question is then: “How much do letter shapes differ between ink tablets and incised tablets?”, and also “How could one ’compensate’ for the shapes not represented in the statistical model?” ’Compensating’ isn't quite the right term; what we want is in fact to inform and feed the database (and the model) with the newly found instances of letter shapes as well as consult it. For example in the case of the Frisian tablet (shown during the presentations), dated as a 1st Century AD tablet, a quite unique palaeography was found; ‘A’ as shaped in the document, would not have been identified as ‘A’s according to our current knowledge of shapes of ‘A’s in 1st Century AD Old Roman Cursive.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 10:19
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