Computation and Palaeography: Potentials and Limits (Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshop 12382)

Tal Hassner, Malte Rehbein, Peter Stokes, Lior Wolf

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This manifesto documents the program and outcomes of Dagstuhl Seminar 12382 ‘Perspectives Workshop: Computation and Palaeography: Potentials and Limits’. The workshop focused on the interaction of palaeography, the study of ancient and medieval documents, with computerized tools, particularly those developed for analysis of digital images and text mining. The goal of this marriage of disciplines is to provide efficient solutions to time and labor consuming palaeographic tasks. It furthermore attempts to provide scholars with quantitative evidence to palaeographical arguments, consequently facilitating a better understanding of our cultural heritage through the unique perspective of ancient and medieval documents. The workshop provided a vital opportunity for palaeographers to interact and discuss the potential of digital methods with computer scientists specializing in machine vision and statistical data analysis. This was essential not only in suggesting new directions and ideas for improving palaeographic research, but also in identifying questions which scholars working individually, in their respective fields, would not have asked without directly communicating with colleagues from outside their research community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14–35
Number of pages22
JournalDagstuhl Manifestos
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2013


  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Palaeography
  • Cultural Heritage

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