Summary: The old version of the Manuscript Browser at
chs75.harvard.eduis going away. Its replacement will appear at
amphoreus.hpcc.uh.edu. In the interim, a beta application is available at
An archive of every digital image in the HMT library is always available for manual and automatic downloading.
BackgroundIn 2007, shortly after we completed photography of manuscripts Marciana 822, Marciana 821, and Marciana 841, we wrote and posted online an application for browsing the high-resolution images. This application used the Google Maps API to allow users to manipulate the images; it allowed searching by the enumeration of manuscript folios and by poetic book and line.
Technological and scholarly considerations alike dictate that we take this original application offline. Using the Google Maps API is not ideal for our purposes. Google Maps assumes that it is displaying images of the surface of the earth, for one thing, and using it for serious work on manuscripts requires many workarounds, compromises, and hacks. More serious, though, is the problem of scholarly citation. In the five years since we wrote the original facsimile browser, our understanding of scholarly citation in a digital world has matured. By standardizing on citation with URNs, we can deliver effective applications today, using scholarly material that can remain valid in the future. The old application does not support citation using URNs; its replacements do.
What Will HappenThe application at
chs75.harvard.eduwill cease working at any moment. New “Facsimile Browser” applications are being developed on two hosts:
betahosts experimental versions of HMT applications; when we consider versions of an application ready for regular public use, we will also host them on
In the meantime, users can use two resources for accessing digital images of the Homeric manuscripts:
- Our beta version of a Facsimile Browser is online at
- As always, users can download complete sets of images of any of our manuscripts from http://amphoreus.hpcc.uh.edu.
About the Beta Facsimile BrowserThe application that lives at
http://beta.hpcc.uh.edu/tomcat/hmtapps/allows users to look up digital images of manuscripts, and associated data, by requesting citations of folios or by poetic book and line.
We wrote this application to explore a URN-driven graph of HMT data. Its state as of December 26, 2012 reflects its origin as a test-bed for this way of integrating our data.
The application will evolve over the next few weeks as we redesign the user interface with a wider audience in mind. Once that redesign is complete, we will put the application on the
amphoreus.hpcc.uh.eduserver and announce its public availability.