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HD-50601-09Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up GrantsUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillImage to XML (img2xml)5/1/2009 - 4/30/2011$50,000.00NataliaN.SmithHugh CaylessUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillNC27599-1350USA2009Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralDigital Humanities Start-Up GrantsDigital Humanities500000500000

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.