Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Period of Performance

5/1/2009 - 4/30/2011

Funding Totals

$50,000.00 (approved)
$50,000.00 (awarded)

Image to XML (img2xml)

FAIN: HD-50601-09

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1350)
Natalia N. Smith (Project Director: October 2008 to February 2012)
Hugh Cayless (Co Project Director: October 2008 to February 2012)

Development an open-source transcription and annotation tool using Scalable Vector Graphics for historical and literary archival manuscripts, using materials from the Carolina Digital Library and Archives as a test bed.

The img2xml ("image to XML") project plans to develop a 100% Open Source set of components for the linking and display of manuscript images, transcriptions and annotations. The linking will be based on a Scaleable Vector Graphics (SVG) tracing of the text in the manuscript image, which will then be analyzed and displayed via a web browser interface using tools developed for web-based map viewing. This means that links can be made to and from a graphical representation of the actual text on the page rather than a box drawn around it. The proposed approach will enable linking between text and image in a more fine-grained way than any annotation tool currently in existence. This work represents a fundamentally different way of connecting manuscript images with transcriptions and annotations.

Media Coverage

Digitized 1841 Diary Captures UNC Student Life (Media Coverage)
Date: 12/1/2011
Abstract: UNC Library News and Events Blog

Associated Products

Image to XML (image2xml) Project Site (Web Resource)
Title: Image to XML (image2xml) Project Site
Author: Erika Lindemann
Author: Natasha Smith
Author: Hugh Cayless
Abstract: At the heart of this website is the journal of James Lawrence Dusenbery: the "book of verses and fragments" that he kept to chronicle his senior year at the University of North Carolina from 1841 to 1842. To help recreate the world Dusenbery inhabited, we have surrounded the journal with numerous manuscripts and images that document his family and schoolfellows, as well as the cultural and social milieu that we glimpse within the journal.
Year: 2011
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: "Verses and Fragments: The James L. Dusenbery Journal (1841–1842")