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Projects - The Transducer


Dickinson College

The House Divided Project

Pro­fes­sors Matt Pinsker and John Osborne, History

Daily Report
Dai­ly Report

An his­tor­i­cal archive of mate­ri­als relat­ing to the Amer­i­can Civ­il War, con­ver­ing the peri­od from 1840 to 1880.  Uses Dick­in­son Col­lege as a both a win­dow and a start­ing point, giv­en the  promi­nant role of Dick­in­son alum­ni in the years lead­ing up to the war, such as Pres­i­dent James Buchanan, Supreme Court Jus­tice Rager Taney, and Vir­ginia abo­lu­tion­ist Mon­cure Con­way.  My con­tri­bu­tion to the project was to move it from a col­lec­tion of files on a shared dri­ve to a full-blown Dru­pal appli­ca­tion with an advanced infor­ma­tion archi­tec­ture.  The site incor­po­rates Pro­fes­sor Matt Pinsker’s design ideas and the them­ing work of Ryan Burke.

Princeton University

The Charrette Project

The late Pro­fes­sor Karl Uit­ti, Romance Languages
Pro­fes­sor Sarah-Jane Mur­ray, Bay­lor University
Pro­fes­sor Gina Gre­co, Port­land State University

Materials Page
Mate­ri­als Page

The Prince­ton Char­rette Project was cre­at­ed to sup­port the philo­log­i­cal research of the late Pro­fes­sor Karl Uit­ti (Romance Lan­guages, Prince­ton) on the man­u­script tra­di­tion asso­ci­at­ed with Chré­tien de Troyes’s Le Cheva­lier de la Char­rette (Lancelot, ca. 1180).  My con­tri­bu­tion was to cre­ate a data­base to man­age the exten­sive visu­al, tex­tu­al, gram­mat­i­cal, and rhetor­i­cal con­tent of the project, as well a suite of web tools for data entry and visu­al­iza­tion.  Workingon this project also led me to see the strengths and weak­ness of using XML to store and manip­u­late text.  See Figu­ra under “Soft­ware” on this site.

The Geniza Project

Pro­fes­sor Mark Cohen, Near East­ern Studies

The Prince­ton Geniza Project seeks to extend the method­olo­gies avail­able to Hebrew, Judaeo-Ara­bic, and Ara­bic schol­ars work­ing with the doc­u­ments found in the Geniza cham­ber of the Ben Ezra Syn­a­gogue in Cairo in the late 19th cen­tu­ry.  The project is ded­i­cat­ed to tran­scrib­ing doc­u­ments from film copies, pho­to­copies, draft texts typed by S. D. Goitein, and print­ed edi­tions to com­put­er files, cre­at­ing a full text retrieval text-base of tran­scribed doc­u­ments, devel­op­ing new tools such as dic­tio­nar­ies, seman­tic cat­e­gories and mor­pho­log­i­cal aids to fur­ther the study of Geniza texts.  My con­tri­bu­tion to this project was to cre­ate a gen­er­al pur­pose appli­ca­tion frame­work to store and orga­nize the dig­i­tal mate­ri­als of this project.  See TextGar­den on the “Soft­ware” page of this site.

The Shahnameh Project

The late Pro­fes­sor Jerome Clin­ton, Near East­er Studies
Pro­fes­sor Charles Melville, Cam­bridge University

The Prince­ton Shah­nameh Project was cre­at­ed to sup­port the Per­sian lit­er­ary research of the late Pro­fes­sor Jerome Clin­ton on the Per­sian Shah­nameh, “The Book of Kings,” writ­ten by the Iran­ian poet Fer­dowsi around 1000 CE.   My con­tri­bu­tion was to write a suite of web-based Perl appli­ca­tions, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Peter Batke and Audrey Wright, using Mod­Perl, Embperl, and MySQL to orga­nize the infor­ma­tion about the folios and minia­tures  (images) in the man­u­script held by Prince­ton’s spe­cial col­lec­tions, as well as sec­ondary source mate­r­i­al, such as Arthur and Edmond Warner’s nine­teenth-cen­tu­ry Eng­lish trans­la­tion of the poem and an index of icono­graph­ic con­tent asso­ci­at­ed with the minia­tures. This project involved exten­sive col­lab­o­ra­tion, involv­ing mutu­al vis­its, with Charles Melville and his team at Cam­bridge University.

The Omiti Project

Pro­fes­sor Emman­u­al Kreike, History

To sup­port Pro­fes­sor Kreike’s ethno­graph­ic research in rur­al South Africa, I wrote a web-based Perl appli­ca­tion using Mod­Perl, Embperl and Ora­cle (lat­er migrat­ed to MySQL) to sup­port the con­ver­sion of some 300 paper sur­veys into dig­i­tal form. The core appli­ca­tion allowed stu­dents to enter and revise data online. Oth­er fea­tures include the abil­i­ty to nor­mal­ize spellings and vocab­u­lary items with­out destroy­ing the integri­ty of the orig­i­nal data. In build­ing the appli­ca­tion, I cre­at­ed a very gen­er­al­iz­able frame­work for encod­ing com­plex sur­vey ques­tions as well as a data mod­el to sup­port a heuris­tic approach to extract­ing an ontol­ogy from the encod­ed data. The appli­ca­tion is cur­rent­ly being used behind a fire­wall at Prince­ton.  Pro­fes­sor Kreike is now work­ing on inte­grat­ing these data with GIS and aer­i­al pho­tographs of the area from two time peri­ods, one set tak­en short­ly after WWII and one more recent.

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