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Unicode Consortium (Mountain View, CA 94043-3941)
Gabrielle Vail (Project Director: June 2019 to December 2022)

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

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$99,990 (approved)
$99,990 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 7/31/2021

Classic Maya Text Repository: An open-access collaborative platform for research and annotation of encoded hieroglyphic texts

The development of an open-access, online collaborative platform and repository of Maya hieroglyphic texts for use by scholars and descendent communities. This project contributes to the longer-term endeavor to expand the international Unicode Standard repertoire to include the Maya script.

Our Level II project seeks to annotate Classic period (ca. 250-900 CE) Maya hieroglyphic texts from the Northern lowlands, Central Peten, and Western regions and make them accessible for study online. Using an open-access online platform for annotating ancient documents (READ), texts from the Postclassic Maya codices (ca. 1250 – 1519 CE) that were digitally rendered during the project’s previous phase will be published in digital form for public use. Concurrently, select Classic period inscriptions will be encoded and annotated using READ, resulting in a repository of digitally encoded Maya hieroglyphic texts. These texts form an important part of the dataset of Maya literature extending from the second century BCE through the colonial, republican, and more recent periods—an almost unbroken record spanning two millennia. Through these tools, online users have the ability to examine, query, manage, edit, annotate, and render Maya texts in ways not previously imaginable.