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Many medievalists are confronted with the problem that their primary sources, namely medieval manuscripts, bear no indication of the time and place in which they were written. This information is essential for research but can often only be construed from the handwriting itself, and to date only a handful of specialists are able to do this. In this project, based on carefully selected manuscripts from the Low Countries of which the date and location are known, a ‘scale’ is being constructed that will make it possible to place undated and unlocalised sources. This will be done using traditional palaeographic expertise, such as that available within  Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and Amsterdam University’s Medieval History chair group, in combination with intelligent computer programs that can process handwriting, like those being developed at the Artificial Intelligence department of the University of Groningen. The expected result is the creation of software that is capable of automatically applying the palaeographic scale. Once such a program is operational, it can be expanded for international use.



prof. dr. Jan Burgers