Digital Textual Transcription

Date and time

Thursday 30 May 2019 9.30am - 12.30pm

Digital Research in Action


Dr Rose Faunce is an intrepid ‘fragmentologist’, working to locate and virtually piece together the fragments of manuscripts that have been pulled apart and are now dispersed around the globe. Working with Fragmentarium, a digital research laboratory at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, she oversees a project devoted to improving access to manuscript fragments in Australian and New Zealand collections for pedagogical and research purposes.

In this workshop, Rose will explore digital transcription initiatives and offer a hands-on introduction to annotating and transcribing digital images of texts using web-based tools. The tools will be T-Pen and Mirador. Participants will also trial Tropy, open-source software useful for organising and describing digitised images.

Participants will require their own laptop. A selection of digitised texts will be provided.

T-Pen 2.8
  • T-Pen 2.8, an online interface for creating and visualising transcriptions of digital images of a written text (in various languages) as a single researcher, or in collaboration with others (developed by St Louis University in collaboration with the University of Kentucky)
  • Mirador, a web-based image viewer with built in tools to deep zoom, compare, annotate and transcribe digitised images. Compatible with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), providing access to images published by libraries, museums and other cultural institutions world-wide (originally developed by Stanford University as part of a grant for Digital Manuscript Interoperability funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with continuing development in collaboration with Universit├Ąt Leipzig, Princeton University and Harvard University)

Alternative strategies to spreadsheets to manage image and research data, and associated metadata and rights information, will also be explored.

  • Tropy, an open-source software useful to organise and describe digitised images (developed by Center for History and New Media at George Mason University)
Dr Rose Faunce
Dr Rose Faunce


Dr Rose Faunce
Centre for Digital Humanities Research
Australian National University

Dr Rose Faunce has a background in the study of the history of the illustrated book. She has worked in the rare book and antiquarian print trade in Australia and North America, specialising in natural history illustration. An encounter with the 14th century fragmentary Cocharelli Codex, dispersed in collections in London, Florence and Cleveland, led to a PhD under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Margaret Manion (University of Melbourne, 2017), to reconstruct it, transcribe and translate its text for the first time, and analyse the illustration gracing every page.

Header Image: 25 leaves, cuttings and fragments from text and liturgical manuscripts, in Latin and Greek [central Europe, 12th to 15th centuries]. Christie’s, 11 July 2018 (lot 4).