CENDARI will draw together resources to investigate the consciousness of place in medieval culture through the examination of texts – not only literary, but historiographical, geographic and lexicographic. Linguistic analysis will establish a relationship between the evolution of the language and the local conditions. Tracing manuscripts, their cultural contexts and the places of their production, custody and dissemination, we can build reliable hypotheses on the sensitization through time of the various European geopolitical areas to the cultural currents flowing through and around them.

Drawing together this rich historical record into a consolidated research infrastructure is achievable through an examination of masses of data and will facilitate great progress in the state of our knowledge of medieval Europe, not just as scholars, but as citizens.

PROJECT AIMS

  • To apply technical innovation to enhance the accessibility and visibility of unique historical archives across Europe within a digital platform for the wide benefit of scholars
  • To adapt and develop cutting edge techniques such as data mining, visualisation, shared research environments and multilingual access to deliver archival data to remote historical researchers
  • To establish an appropriate technical platform for digital archival research, from underlying ontologies to the user interface search and interrogation tools

 

PROJECT OUTPUTS

  • Archive Directory: A comprehensive directory of medieval archival collections across regional and national boundaries
  • Archival Research Guides: Detailed guides to act as the connective tissues across archival collections with rich, contextualized information

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