Incunabula Basilea : a Web 2.0 application as research tool to early prints

Rosenthaler, Lukas and Ryf, Patrick. (2009) Incunabula Basilea : a Web 2.0 application as research tool to early prints. In: Archiving 2009 : May 4 - 7, 2009, Arlington, Va. ; preservation strategies and imaging technologies for cultural heritage institutions and memory organizations. Springfield, VA, pp. 175-177.

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While the digitization of books offers great values by facilitating access, the careful design of the access-software can greatly enhance the value of a digital library. The access-software of many digital libraries just mimics the behavior of printed editions. Using the new features that the Web 2.0 (collaboration, AJAX, DHTML, dynamic web-pages, javascript etc.) and the multimedia-based characteristics of hypertextual linking offers, the access-software can be enhanced to a full-fledged research tool that goes way beyond just displaying digitized pages of text. Within the research project "Incunabula Basilea: Late-medieval doctrine as image and text reading", an interdisciplinary research project by the imaging & media lab and the Department of Art History of the University of Basel, such a enhanced web-application will be developed (An incunabulum is a book, single sheet, or image that was printed - not handwritten - before the year 1501 AD). The web-application will implement an expert's Wiki-concept which allows to interconnect books, pages, parts of pages, images and image-regions with rich, commented links. When populated, this web of links allows an in-depth analysis the relationship between the different works represented in the database. In our case, this will be exemplified by the works of Sebastian Brant (1457-1521), a humanist and satirist from Basel/Strassburg who published 1494 AD an allegory called "Das Narrenshiff" (the fools ship). This work was very influential and incorporated many engravings by Albrecht Duerrer. Within the framework of our web-application, experts worldwide will have the possibility to link pages or areas of pages to other works, pages, page-areas or images, available either in- or externally, in a intuitive manner using a GUI and comment these links. The general user will have the possibility to follow these commented links and perform network analysis in order to find non-obvious connections between the different works.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Fakultär assoziierte Institutionen > Digital Humanities Lab
UniBasel Contributors:Rosenthaler, Lukas and Ryf, Patrick
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item, refereed
Conference or workshop item Subtype:Conference Paper
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Conference paper
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