Session Title

The NotaSig Project: A New Digital Tool for Documentary Culture (A Workshop)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Rossell Hope Robbins Library, Univ. of Rochester

Organizer Name

Anna Siebach-Larsen

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Rochester

Presider Name

Anna Siebach-Larsen

Paper Title 1

Workshop Leader

Presenter 1 Name

Emily Sherwood

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Rochester

Paper Title 2

Workshop Leader

Presenter 2 Name

Joshua Romphf

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Rochester

Paper Title 3

Workshop Leader

Presenter 3 Name

Kyle A. Huskin

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Rochester

Start Date

10-5-2019 1:30 PM

Session Location

Waldo Library Classroom B

Description

Scholars and programmers at the University of Rochester have collaborated to create a digital interface for users to discover, explore, and annotate notarial signatures, beginning with the rich collection of notarial signatures at UR’s Rare Books and Special Collections. The NotaSig tool provides archival-quality digital images, transcriptions, and identifications of names and places in notarized documents within an open-source visualization tool that allows users to search, annotate, compare, and upload images, while the tool searches across its database of signatures to match images through machine recognition. This workshop will introduce the NotaSig project to participants, providing an opportunity for hands-on experimentation with NotaSig and an exploration of the possibilities offered by the interface.

This project is sponsored by the Rossell Hope Robbins Library, which has long been a leader in the medieval studies and digital humanities with The Camelot Project and the Middle English Text Series. The project is led by Kyle Ann Huskin (PhD candidate, Dept. of English), and Josh Romphf of UR’s Digital Scholarship Lab is the programmer. The NotaSig Project enables scholars to access difficult-to-use and difficult-to-access documents, facilitates cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration, and offers the medievalist and digital communities a powerful and adaptable tool for the study of texts and objects.

Anna Siebach-Larsen, PhD

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May 10th, 1:30 PM

The NotaSig Project: A New Digital Tool for Documentary Culture (A Workshop)

Waldo Library Classroom B

Scholars and programmers at the University of Rochester have collaborated to create a digital interface for users to discover, explore, and annotate notarial signatures, beginning with the rich collection of notarial signatures at UR’s Rare Books and Special Collections. The NotaSig tool provides archival-quality digital images, transcriptions, and identifications of names and places in notarized documents within an open-source visualization tool that allows users to search, annotate, compare, and upload images, while the tool searches across its database of signatures to match images through machine recognition. This workshop will introduce the NotaSig project to participants, providing an opportunity for hands-on experimentation with NotaSig and an exploration of the possibilities offered by the interface.

This project is sponsored by the Rossell Hope Robbins Library, which has long been a leader in the medieval studies and digital humanities with The Camelot Project and the Middle English Text Series. The project is led by Kyle Ann Huskin (PhD candidate, Dept. of English), and Josh Romphf of UR’s Digital Scholarship Lab is the programmer. The NotaSig Project enables scholars to access difficult-to-use and difficult-to-access documents, facilitates cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaboration, and offers the medievalist and digital communities a powerful and adaptable tool for the study of texts and objects.

Anna Siebach-Larsen, PhD