20.301 new book: Melissa Terras, Image to Interpretation

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2006 07:50:43 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 301.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Sat, 04 Nov 2006 07:37:58 +0000
         From: Melissa Terras <m.terras_at_ucl.ac.uk>
         Subject: new book: Image to Interpretation

Melissa Terras (2006) "Image to Interpretation: An Intelligent System
to Aid Historians in Reading the Vindolanda Texts" Oxford Studies in
Ancient Documents, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
ISBN13: 9780199204557
ISBN10: 0199204551

The ink and stylus tablets discovered at the Roman fort of Vindolanda
are a unique resource for scholars of ancient history. However, the
stylus tablets in particular are extremely difficult to read. This
book details the development of what appears to be the first system
constructed to aid experts in the process of reading an ancient
document, exploring the extent to which techniques from Artificial
Intelligence can be used to develop a system that could aid
historians in reading the stylus texts. Image to Interpretation
includes a model of how experts read ancient texts, a corpora of
letter forms from the Vindolanda text corpus, and a detailed
description of the architecture of the system. It will be of interest
to papyrologists, researchers in Roman history and palaeography,
computer and engineering scientists working in the field of
Artificial Intelligence and image processing, and those interested in
the use of computing in the humanities.

Product Details
264 pages; 86 in-text illustrations

Melissa M. Terras MA MSc DPhil CLTHE
Lecturer in Electronic Communication
School of Library, Archive and Information Studies
Henry Morley Building
University College London
Gower Street

Tel: 020-7679-7206 (direct), 020-7679-7204 (dept), 020-7383-0557 (fax)
Email: m.terras_at_ucl.ac.uk
Web: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slais/melissa-terras/

General Editor, Digital Humanities Quarterly:

Image to Interpretation: An Intelligent System to Aid Historians in
Reading the Vindolanda Texts
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