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Analysing Visual Communication in Theory and Practice with Archetype
Peter Anthony Stokes1, Debora Marques de Matos2, Neil Jakeman3
1École Pratique des Hautes Études – Université PSL; 2University of Münster; 3King's College London
The goal of this workshop is to use Archetype to introduce participants to the theoretical and practical issues around describing and categorising handwriting and other visual communication. This will be done primarily through practical application for a range of different cases including not only left-to-right alphabets but also hieroglyphs, ideographs and others as well as right-to-left and top-to-bottom scripts and decoration.
Archetype (formerly known as the DigiPal Framework) is a generalised system for the online presentation of images with structured annotations and data which allows users to analyse, describe, search for, view, and organise detailed characteristics of handwriting or other material in both verbal and visual form. Designed primarily for the palaeographical analysis of handwriting, it was first developed at King’s College London for the Digital Resource and Database for Palaeography, Manuscript Studies and Diplomatic (DigiPal) project, funded by the European Research Council, and has since been extended by the King’s Digital Lab particularly through the Models of Authority and Exon Domesday projects. Available as FOSS, it now used in around two dozen research projects, most of which are small private studies but some of which are the result of large funded research projects.