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Use study: Representing the medieval library catalog of the Erfurt Carthusians with IIIF

Martin Hinze - Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg (Deutschland)

Presentation type: Lightning talk

Abstract:

The DFG project „Making Mysticism“ is about the genesis of the spiritual and sacred category of the Mystical in the late medieval times. One of the project’s aims is to create a digital genetic edition of the library catalogue of the Erfurt Carthusians (Registrum librarie fratrum Carthusiensium apud Erffordiam, begun in 1474). The new edition shall enable the user to explore the historical genesis of the book, which was revised and rewritten time and again. It does not only contain an inventory list of the monastery, but also instructions on its use and how to deal with knowledge of different kinds.

The intended edition will present its new text next to facsimiles of the catalogue. The text of the edition is to be made available in various selected historical stages from late medieval to baroque times. Another approach is to compare the catalogue with the surviving manuscripts it describes. In this way, the lost Carthusian library is virtually reconstructed. Of particular interest are the text-internal and text-textual references of the catalogue, which are to be captured not only with XML, but also as IIIF annotations in a layer on top of the image. IIIF annotations could also be used to present facsimiles in a machine-searchable way.

To make the materials we gathered accessible, we rely on automatic image processing and the automatic generation of IIIF manifests. To work as a group, we are creating a collaborative work interface. One of our questions is how we could possibly use a collaborative interface to create IIIF annotations.

Topics:

  • Annotation, including full-text or academic use cases,
  • IIIF Implementation Spectrum: large-scale or small-scale projects,
  • Interoperability in IIIF contexts