This project will develop new ways of exploring the full text content of digital historical records. The project will demonstrate its approach using medieval charters which survive in abundance from the 12th to the 16th centuries and are one of the richest sources for studying the lives of people in the past. The new ChartEx tools will enable users to really dig into the content of these records, to recover their rich descriptions of places and people, and to go far beyond current digital catalogues which restrict searches to a few key facts about each document (the ‘metadata’). 


Principal Investigators

Robert C. Stacey, University of Washington, IMLS
Arno Knobbe, Leiden University, NWO
Sarah Rees Jones, University of York, AHRC/ESRC/JISC
Michael Gervers, University of Toronto, SSHRC
Additional participating institutions: University of Brighton, Columbia University.