Andy Wagner and Kelli Babcock present at the Islandora Conference

Our Project Application Programmer, Andy Wagner, and Digital Initiatives Librarian, Kelli Babcock, are currently attending the Islandora Conference in Charlottetown, PEI. 

Andy and Kelli presented on the French Renaissance Paleography project, a collaborative project between the Newberry Library, Saint Louis University, ITER, and UTL ITS.

The goal of the French Renaissance Paleography project is to create a set of online tools to allow users to access, practice transcribing, and learn about French Renaissance manuscript paleography. The project’s intended users are graduate students, professors, and possibly independent scholars building the paleographic skills they need to undertake archival research. UTL ITS hosts the project within its Collections U of T (Islandora) multi-site ecosystem. The French Renaissance Paleography site is an Islandora site that has been extended to interact with St. Louis's T-PEN[2] transcription tool. 

Their presentation discussed the ongoing work of ITS to integrate the IIIF and Shared Canvas standards with Islandora. UTL ITS works in an iterative project model and two major development sprints were planned for this project in 2015. Work for the first sprint was completed from April to June 2015. The ITS team created the ability to generate Shared Canvas manifests from Islandora objects as well as the ability to create T-PEN projects from the Islandora site. Our next sprint will begin in October 2015. During this time, we’ll begin looking at IIIF (Mirador) integration and bringing other features into the site.

Stay tuned for more information about the French Renaissance Paleography project, including the site launch in early 2016!

Click here to see the presentation.

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