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St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO 63103-2097)
James R. Ginther (Project Director: March 2010 to April 2014)

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Digital Humanities

[White paper]

$49,708 (approved)
$43,933 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 11/30/2011

The T-PEN Tool: Sustainability and Quality Control in Encoding Handwritten Texts

Creation of a generalized transcription tool coupled with automated mark-up techniques, based on a prototype developed for the Electronic Norman Anonymous Project (ENAP) and refined using data generated from the NEH-funded Carolingian Canon Law Project.

The Center for Digital Theology and the Carolingian Canon Law (CCL) Project will collaborate to develop a Transcription-Paleographic and Editing Notation (T-PEN) Tool. Using digitized images of medieval manuscripts, this tool will assist scholars in the transcription of such sources and will allow automatic insertion of markup of textual features during the transcription process. T-PEN will be a new research tool in the CCL, permitting any number of scholars to submit their transcriptions of unpublished texts of early medieval canon law. Moreover, T-PEN will assist the CCL in maintaining quality control of transcriptions, as it will supply continuous comparison of manuscript image and the transcriber's work in a transparent display. It supports easy and immediate insertion of annotations (paleographic, discursive, and bibliographic), insertion of TEI P5 markup according to project protocols and validation against the schema during the transcription process.