Monday, 8 April 2013

New Pelagios Partners: DM Project

The DM Project is very excited to partner with Pelagios in its upcoming developmental work!

DM is an on-line environment that allows users to easily assemble collections of images and texts for study, produce their own rich data, and publish digital resources for individual, group or public use. At its most basic, DM is a tool for linking media - a suite of tools that enables users with little technical expertise to mark regions of interest in manuscripts, print materials, photographs, digital texts, etc. and provide searchable annotations on these resources and the relationships among them. A user may create links between any combination of resources (images, texts, and selected regions of images or texts as marked out by a user). The most common is a link from a textual annotation to the image, text, or selected region it describes, but a single annotation may also reference (e.g., for comparison) selections from several images and/or texts. Today, DM is being used by a number of projects, from long-term scholarly initiatives, to collaborative research, to individual scholarship. In addition to such use-cases, we are collaborating with the Stanford University’s Digital Medieval Manuscript Initiatives and the SharedCanvas project, as well as other partners and projects at Stanford, the University of Toronto, Johns Hopkins University, Yale University, the British Library, St. Louis University, and Los Alamos National Lab, among others.

Our current phase of development is funded by a multi-year Digital Implementation Grant from the NEH. During this work, we will be focusing primarily on the ability to: A) create and manage collections of images and texts; B) add the ability for users and groups in order to create, track and organize work by different collaborators within a working group; C) easily "roll out" the linked and annotated data created within the DM environment to a wide array of standard publishing formats (e.g. for automated and updatable display within Omeka, MediaWiki, and similar platforms); and D: developing Virtual Mappa with the British Library, a pilot environment of historic maps hosted by multiple repositories, where users may create linked environments of annotations for individual, collaborative, and educational purposes.

In late April / early May 2013, DM will be rolling out a new version of the resource, with new features for working with multiple collections of on-line images, as well as improved functionality for managing workflow, navigation and annotation. A sneak peek at some of the functionality is available on our project website, which also contains information about the project's history, its partners, and its current goals:

Martin Foys & Shannon Bradshaw


DM Project

Co-Directors:  Shannon Bradshaw, Associate Professor of Computer Science &
Martin Foys, Associate Professor of English (Drew University)

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