The ARCHway Project, funded by the National Science Foundation's Information Technology Research, will institute a technological infrastructure, an Edition Production Technology (EPT), for collaborative work at all levels between computer science and humanities disciplines. Our goal is to identify and solve problems of mutual importance in building image-based electronic editions of significant cultural materials. We will develop the EPT to implement and integrate both new and already available software applications, to construct a digital library of previously unedited Old English manuscripts as a testbed for our solutions, and to distribute the digital library to the public.

We will design formal methodologies for collaborative teaching and research, based on our practical goals. We will maintain an open-standards architecture with modular, extensible, interoperable components to coordinate research and development of novel methods, tools, and associated technologies. The EPT will guide the definition and coordination of well-encapsulated collaborative student projects using our testbed from semester to semester, student to student, year to year. The PIs will lead teams of students in both disciplines in focussed research projects related to documenting, editing, storing, accessing, searching, and disseminating digital libraries of image-based electronic editions.

ARCHway will produce a system for building digital libraries of image-based scholarly editions for the humanities. This system will be used to produce electronic editions of a number of previously unedited Old English manuscripts. The research results of this project will lay the groundwork for sophisticated technical tools to interpret, assemble, disseminate, and maintain image-based scholarly editions on a continuing basis.

The project is supported by The British Library, which will provide privileged access to high-quality collections, manuscript and curatorial expertise, and digitization facilities. The University of Kentucky has designated space and network communications support in the W.T. Young Library for the Collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities. The Center for Computational Sciences contributes system administration, research assistance, and participation in a lecture series.

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This award is effective January 2003 and expires January 2005.

This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0219924. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

This grant is awarded pursuant to the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 (42 U.S.C. 1861 et seq.) and is subject to GC-1 Grant General Conditions (10/98) and the following terms and conditions:

This award is made in accordance with the provisions of NSF 98-63, "Information Technology Research."