Field and river

20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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Pietro LIUZZO, Universität Hamburg, Germany

The project "Beta maṣāḥǝft: Manuscripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea" (BM) aims at creating a portal to data related to the living manuscript tradition of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Highlands. This means encoding and semantically relating descriptions of manuscripts, editions of literary works, records about ancient and modern places as well as ancient and modern persons. The presentation will give a presentation of the current workflow and of the website as well as an overview of the main challenges encountered until now. Treatment of images, ancient places, texts, catalogue descriptions will be presented together with some of the presentation choices made to date. Special attention will be given to the choices made to make this resource accessible, reusable and open for contributions from the largest possible community of interested stakeholders, hoping to set the project in connection not only to the TraCES, PAThs, IslHornAfr and projects but also with many other resources for the production and publication of codicological and philological data. Beta maṣāḥǝft supports already the publication of IIIF manifests extracted from the TEI encoding of the manuscripts, and it supports complex philological critical edition view in the website. Also Comparison, relations and visualization tools for the study of manuscripts are supported and will be presented in this paper.