June 20, 2018 - Quick Start and Video Tutorials -
Featured links and video tutorials have been added to the top of the front page of the project website.
The long-form information remains below, but new visitors to the site should have an easier time finding the highlights that interest them.
A five-minute video (narrated screen recording) gives a quick introduction to the most helpful resources in Mirador for viewing manuscripts and annotations.
Additional videos introduce advanced functionality.
May 31, 2018 - Spectral RTI Demonstration and Training - June 6-8, 2018
before and during the second annual Rochester Cultural Heritage Imaging Visualization and Education (R-CHIVE) Conference.
March 24, 2018 - Workshop at Notre Dame -
The Jubilees Palimpsest Project Workshop at the University of Notre Dame, May 15-17, 2018,
will feature James C. VanderKam, Annette Y. Reed, and Todd Hanneken
on digital tools for manuscript study, Latin Jubilees, and the significance of palimpsests for our understanding of the past.
The program also includes hands-on workshops with Mirador, WebRTI, and various digital palimpsests from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana.
The meeting is free and open to the public, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
January 20, 2018 - Mirador Viewer -
The main branch of Mirador now supports image layers and has become the preferred viewer for the project images, especially Latin Moses (Latin Jubilees and the Testament of Moses).
The side panel has three useful tabs.
The index tab shows the passage in Jubilees preserved on a page, the reconstructed page number of the original codex, and the page number assigned in modern times to the palimpsest codex.
The layers tab shows the color processing and light positions available, and allows switching or fading between layers.
The annotations tab shows the resources available, including WebRTI images, transcriptions, translations, and line-by-line transcriptions over the images (in progress).
The annotations toggle shows the annotations entered so far, and allows the user to add additional annotations.
The previous viewer, IIIF Navigator, lacks the ability to add annotations but remains available.
News from 2017
November 25, 2017 - SBL Presentation -
Project Director Todd Hanneken's presentation to the Society of Biblical Literature is available online as a
static slides (PDF),
and voice over slides (MP4
November 8, 2017 - Public Presentations -
Project Director Todd Hanneken will be presenting on the Jubilees Palimpsest Project on November 9 at the University of Texas, Austin
and on November 20 at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Boston
(sbl-site.org online program book).
August 17, 2017 - Sample pages from fourth-century Gothic Bible -
Twenty pages of Ambrosiana S36sup have been added to the repository.
Basic processed images are available now, and advanced images will be added over the coming weeks.
The sample pages are from Paul’s letters, and also include a liturgical calendar.
The translator is the Arian bishop Wulfila.
See further Wikipedia.org and the image repository (LINK).
August 4, 2017 - Sample pages from an unidentified palimpsest -
Seven pages of Ambrosiana H190inf have been added to the repository.
The undertext has not yet been identified.
Advanced imaging makes at least some parts reasonably legible.
Who wants to be the first to identify the text?
July 6, 2017 - Sample pages from Origen’s Hexapla - Five folios (ten pages) added to the repository with diffuse, raking light, and WebRTI lighting for color processes Accurate Color, Extended Spectrum, Knox Pseudocolor, Knox Sharpie, and Polglaze custom processing. Viewable in IIIF Navigator (LINK) and UCLA Mirador (LINK).
May 2, 2017 - New Section on Viewing Options - describes the pros and cons of Mirador and the IIIF Navigator (LINK). Documentation forthcoming.
April 28, 2017 - Unidentified Greek Commentary on the Gospel of Luke - Five pages were captured from the codex. Processed images are now available in the IIIF Repository (LINK). The shelfmark is Ambrosiana F130sup. The LDAB number is 128487. Scholarship on these pages is needed, especially if this image looks like Ζαχαριας to you.
February 22, 2017 - Commentary on Luke, Transitioning to Mirador - Accurate Color and Extended Spectrum images are now available for the (Arian) Commentary on Luke.
The IIIF manifests are being optimized for compatibility with the UCLA branch of Mirador (LINK). The IIIF Navigator (LINK) may still work better for some resources until bugs are resolved. Three tips should help find the resources through Mirador:
The fifth icon from the left on the image window offers a menu of different light positions and color enhancements.
The dialogue bubble toggles notes, which include links to available WebRTI images, transcriptions, and translations (Latin Moses, not yet Commentary on Luke).
If the notes over the reflective sphere are covered by the tray of thumbnails on the bottom, look for an icon of three little boxes to clear them away.
February 15, 2017 - Capture Session Complete - The winter 2017 capture session is now complete. Over 7 TB of data were created, including all of the Jubilees Palimpsest (C73 inf, including Latin Moses, the Latin Commenatary on Luke, and early modern handwritten notes), and samples from other palimpesests in the collection, including Origen’s Hexapla and Wulfila’s fourth-century translation of the Bible into Gothic. We hope to return to image more palimpsests.
Images of Latin Moses (Jubilees and the Testament of Moses) are now available, soon to be followed by others. The initial round of processing includes Accurate Color, Extended Spectrum color enhancement, some enhancements by Keith Knox, and light position control. Light control can be done either by selecting static raking images in the image cubes, or with dynamic relighting in WebRTI.
Latin Moses can be navigated through the reconstruction of the (now mostly lost) fifth-century codex (LINK), or the IIIF Navigator (LINK). The image collection, website, documentation, and scholarly content are all still at a very early stage of development, but we share the unfinished product in the spirit of openness.
January 28, 2017 - Update - This week adds more pages and a new processing technique developed by Keith Knox. The term “Ruby” derives not from the gem or programming language, but from resemblance of the acronym for Royal Blue fluorescence divided BY transmissive. The images are available through the IIIF Navigator (LINK).
January 22, 2017 - First Images from Milan - The camera room is generating 32 GB of data for each page and the processing team is working hard to keep up. We have Accurate Color and Extended Spectrum color processing available for pages 45, 46, and 382 from the Commentary on Luke and pages 257, 258, 259, and 260 from Latin Moses (Jubilees and the Testament of Moses). You can also navigate from the top with the IIIF Navigator (LINK). Advanced PCA Pseudocolor processing will take more time (some preliminary work is available now). In the spirit of openness, we are posting images publicly as quickly as possible, but be aware that the site is at an early stage of development. Bugs and incompleteness should be expected. Also expect some slowness until caches fill. Volunteers able to help fill in gaps in the content and standards compliance are welcome to contact the project director (LINK).
News from 2016
December 1, 2016 – IIIF Server – A new server with support for IIIF is online at jubilees.stmarytx.edu. This server will serve as the image repository for all project images. Data archives (of interest to advanced specialists) will remain on palimpsest.stmarytx.edu. Web pages will be available on both sites.
The IIIF image repository includes test objects from the startup phase and will grow rapidly during the imaging session in Milan starting January 9, 2017. The image repository can be accessed with any IIIF viewer. Mirador presently lacks support for multiple images per canvas. The IIIF Navigator offers the most complete portal to spectral image cubes, WebRTI, transcriptions, translations, and other resources. [Update 12/19/2016: The UCLA branch of Mirador supports image cubes as long as the image cube is first on the canvas. It does not yet support multiple resources per canvas.]
September 30, 2016 – Brill Digital Biblical Studies – A new series from Brill has debuted. The first volume, Ancient Worlds in Digital Culture, contains an essay by the project director, “New Technology for Imaging Unreadable Manuscripts and Other Artifacts: Integrated Spectral Reflectance Transformation Imaging (Spectral RTI).” A pre-publisher preview is available here and some pages on Google Books.
August 9, 2016 – NEH Grant – The National Endowment for the Humanities Awarded $325,000 to the project for a three-year phase (2016–2019). This phase will implement Spectral RTI on the Jubilees Palimpsest and create a IIIF repository as a demonstration of the technologies. It will also provide free user-friendly processing software and training for third parties to adopt the technology. See full press release (LINK). Update: additional press releases from Congressman Joaquin Castro (LINK), St. Mary’s University (LINK), and the NEH (LINK).
August 7, 2016 – The Future of Biblical Scholarship in a Digital Age – A video based on Hanneken’s presentation to the Catholic Biblical Association is now available on YouTube (LINK).
July 28, 2016 – CBA Presentation – Project Director Todd Hanneken will present in a plenary panel to the Catholic Biblical Association, August 6, 2016, 7:00 pm, Santa Clara University (LINK).
July 28, 2016 – New Website Design – Welcome to the new website design. If you’re looking for something and you know where it is on the old design you can still find it here (LINK).