T-PEN—Transcription for Paleographical and Editorial Notation

Saturday, January 7, 2012: 11:30 AM
Chicago Ballroom IX (Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers)
James Ginther, Center for Digital Theology, Saint Louis University

T-PEN (Transcription for Paleographical and Editorial Notation) is a digital tool for scholars who use digital images of unpublished manuscripts that are housed in digital repositories throughout the world. T-PEN will provide a fully-equipped digital workspace in which the scholar -- while constantly viewing the manuscript images -- transcribes line by line, makes notes about problematic paleographic features, documents glosses and corrections or revisions to the manuscript, and may—either during transcription or after further research—add interpretative or bibliographic information pertaining to particular lines or larger sections of the text. With this tool, the transcribed text can also be immediately encoded with XML markup to indicate any given feature of the text (e.g., a rubric, colophon, gloss, lemma, correction, quire signature, citation, etc.).   T-PEN will be ready for release as an open-source web-based application by April 2012 and will be in beta testing at the time of the AHA conference in January 2012.