About the project


This page informs you about small-scale projects, whether concluded, ongoing or scheduled for the future, which are used to coordinate our work and give credit to those involved. Some of the descriptions that you will find below are little more than working notes, but they should give you a general sense of the aims and scope of each project.

Adding a new subject class to the ecosystem: narrative world
Start: September 2019 Infrastructure Dennis Groenewegen in progress
By narrative worlds or narrative settings we denote the environments, time-frames and circumstances, whether fictional or not, which are evoked in narratives. Even if variation exists in the way these worlds are depicted in texts, iconography and elsewhere, these semi-coherent subjects remain useful as linked data that can be used to group together related texts and agents and enable new ways of navigating content.

Adding early ‘Celtic’ charters and memoranda
Start: August 2019 Texts, Manuscripts Dennis Groenewegen in progress
The aim is to add the early medieval charters or memoranda from Wales, Brittany, Ireland and Scotland, those which Wendy Davies previously described as ‘Celtic’.

Adding links to Thesaurus Linguae Hibernicae (TLH)
Start: January 2017 Bibliography, Texts Dennis Groenewegen in progress
The aim is to make sure that every publication used by TLH: Thesaurus Linguae Hibernicae (2006–2011) – online (last updated in 2011) is recorded and to include links to its transcriptions in TEI XML markup (editions as well as translations). Publications listed in the Primary sources sections of entries for texts will automatically show these links.

Adding texts whose style is described in the literature as bérla na filed
Start: May 2018 Texts Dennis Groenewegen in progress

Adding the early medieval vitae of Saints Gall and Deicolus
Start: September 2020 Texts, Agents Dennis Groenewegen in progress
The vita of St Deicolus; the early medieval vitae of St Gall and related texts; add records for saints and authors;  London, British Library, MS Additional 21917.

Bibliography, journals: Kuhns Zeitschrift 23 (1877)–50 (1922)
Start: December 2021 Bibliography Dennis Groenewegen in progress
Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung auf dem Gebiete der indogermanischen Sprachen, also known colloquially as Kuhns Zeitschrift (after its founder Adalbert Kuhn).

Building new interface for browsing publications by subject heading
Start: June 2020 Infrastructure, Bibliography Dennis Groenewegen in progress
On hold.

Early medieval manuscripts containing Old Irish and early Middle Irish
Start: January 2015 Manuscripts Dennis Groenewegen in progress
The aim is to have at least basic entries for all early medieval manuscripts known to contain specimens of Early Irish (glosses, scholia, etc.), primarily those used in the Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus.

Five medieval English historical manuscripts of Irish and Scottish interest
Start: August 2021 Manuscripts Dennis Groenewegen in progress
A selection of five Latin manuscripts: (i) Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 4126 = Poppleton MS; (ii) Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 175; (iii) London, British Library, MS Harley 4003 (possibly Anglo-Irish); (iv) Cambridge, University Library, MS Ff. 1. 27 and (v) Cambridge, Corpus Christ College, MS 66 + 66a.

Hiberno-Latin: grammars and grammatical commentaries
Start: November 2018 Texts Dennis Groenewegen in progress
The aim is to record as many Latin grammars and grammatical commentaries as possible which are thought to be Irish or Irish-influenced in origin. Even where the argument for Irishness seems weak today, it may be worthwhile to record them nonetheless and alert readers to past discussion. Currently on hold because of lack of access to essential publications.

Hiberno-Latin: prayers and hymns from a selection of manuscripts
Start: June 2020 Texts, Manuscripts Dennis Groenewegen in progress
The focus will be on a selection of six manuscripts: 1. the Antiphonary of Bangor (Milan, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, MS C 5 inf); 2. the Book of Cerne (Cambridge, University Library, MS Ll. 1. 10/ff. 2-99); 3. Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, MS A VII 3; 4–5. Irish Liber hymnorum (Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1441 and Dublin, University College, MS Franciscan A 2); 6. Ivrea, Biblioteca capitolare, MS 85.

Implementing module for projects and dossiers
Start: October 2020 Infrastructure Dennis Groenewegen in progress
By projects are meant coordinated series of tasks to achieve concrete aims, whether by a team of editors or a single individual. By dossiers are meant curated collections of materials that underpin the study of any topic of subject area. Projects can be initiated to make contributions to a dossier. Both projects and dossiers will ultimately be made public and serve a public goal by making known our work and the team which make this possible and by providing visitors navigating the site with a better sense of what we've covered and how. The aim is to set up an organisational structure by which editors can set up project pages and dossier pages with the necessary information. Current status: the module for projects has been implemented, but that for dossier is put on hold.

Incorporating Steve Hewitt’s bibliography of Breton linguistics
Start: February 2019 Bibliography Stephen Hewitt, Dennis Groenewegen in progress
Steve Hewitt compiled a bibliography of Breton linguistics, which he has kindly offered to us for use on CODECS. Each individual publication listed will be added the site and when the interface for it is ready, should be findable under its appropriate heading (‘Breton language‘). On hold.

Indexing Gaulish inscriptions (phase 1)
Start: May 2020 Inscriptions, Bibliography Pierre Faure, Dennis Groenewegen in progress
The primary aim is to index all Gaulish inscriptions and to make them uniquely referentiable for the bibliography. Some basic information will be provided and the sites of inscribed objects, with the probable exception of coins, will be located on a map. The landing page for inscriptions is to be found on this page.

July-September 2021: maintenance, bug fixing and refinements
Start: 1 July 2021 Infrastructure Dennis Groenewegen in progress
(1) Editing bibliographic records page by page can take more time than is necessary. For the routine action of adding basic metadata and descriptions, I will create a form that answers to a query, initially for articles belonging to the same edited volume. Each article will come with fields for abstracts, subject headings, texts discussed, etc.; (2) because agents should share a common set of semantic properties with other entities, agent-specific properties will be depreciated in favour of more generic ones that can be used by other entities; (3) when appropriate, it should be possible to link religious foundations to relevant Christian orders; (4) continue rearranging source code for textual items (not yet public).

Maintenance work scheduled for Spring/Summer 2021 (ORCID, DIB, CDI)
Start: April 2021 Agents, Infrastructure, Bibliography Dennis Groenewegen in progress
[1] Add ORCID identifiers as special "equivalent" links [now shown on Show:Agent] -- [2] Update references to the Dictionary of Irish biography (moved to https:/dib.ie) - The new Dictionary of Irish biography published by the RIA is a continuation of that formerly published by CUP on cambridge.dub.ie (although at the time of checking the website, some entries were available only from the Cambridge website). Updates should be easy since the IDs we've registered are part of the DOIs listed, except for the a prefix, which will have to be removed. However, the current DIB lists DOIs that are not accessible, perhaps not yet accessible, so this operation will have to wait until this situation is cleared up [update: DOIs listed should become valid sooner or later this year] -- [3] The Celtic Digital Initiative has new URLs for their website as well as new names for the files of scanned documents it provides. A list of new URLs has been kindly made available to us (thanks to Kevin Murray and Margaret Lantry) -- [4] Clean up some outdated and temporary work -- [5] The transition to the current system of recording and managing agents in their own namespace is not yet complete for contributors to publications (authors, editors, etc), which relies on a temporary measure. Semantic properties will be revised, redirects will be transferred and forms will handle autocompletion differently (done).

Penance in early medieval Ireland and abroad: penitentials, canon law and related texts
Start: December 2019 Texts Elaine Pereira Farrell, Dennis Groenewegen in progress
Description forthcoming. The aim is add key texts relating to penitential practices in early medieval Ireland, Britain and mainland Europe. This subproject benefits from the descriptions written by Elaine Pereira Farrell on the website https://penitentials.wordpress.com, which she started when writing her PhD thesis on “Taboos and penitence: Christian conversion and popular religion in early medieval Ireland”. This thesis was submitted in 2012 (see the bibliography) and is currently being transformed into a book publication to appear with Brepols.

Re-implementing the Places data infrastructure
Start: May 2020 Infrastructure, Places Dennis Groenewegen in progress
The aim is to continue implementing a database infrastructure for places and related entities, such as territories and peoples. With the help of forms, these places can be indexed as entities with their own set of data, starting with simple data such as names in different languages, identifications of corresponding modern places and coordinates (no plan yet for areas that can be approximately delineated). Links to  such places in annotations anywhere on the website (texts, manuscripts, publications, agents, events) should point to the database and follow appropriate naming conventions. It is foreseen that some classes of entities could equally belong to the Agents category and that it may difficult sometimes to draw the line between families and entities denoting both dynastic groups and the territories named after them.

Redesigning Tionscadal na Nod
Start: September 2021 Manuscripts Dennis Groenewegen in progress
The aim is not a complete overhaul, but it is time for both cosmetic restylings and structural changes. Some of the structural decisions previously taken will be revised and the current look and feel could use a slight makeover.

Tutorials for working with manuscript data
Start: January 2021 Manuscripts Dennis Groenewegen, Pierre Faure in progress
CODECS never had tutorials or walkthroughs for the purpose of instructing our team of editors and maybe didn't need them at first, but since the complexity of the project, especially in the way data are interrelated, has grown as well as that of the interface to manage them, at least some clarification is no luxury. The tutorials are meant to be brief. More detailed information about the particulars is meant to go to contextual information, which is usually provided by way of tooltips.

Upgrade to MediaWiki 1.35 and revise deployment
Start: October 2021 Infrastructure Dennis Groenewegen in progress
MW 1.31 is declared to be EOL, meaning that any further support in terms of maintenance and security releases has come to an end and it is strongly recommended to upgrade to MW 1.35. Because of the limitations of our budget hosting plan, this will possibly necessitate that the website will be down for some time, though hopefully no longer than two weeks, or if resources allow it, that the website will be temporarily closed to new editing activities. The latter is the preferred solution. It is expected that a good deal of the intervening time will be occupied by processes refreshing the database and testing of software extensions in the new environment. For installation, integration, testing and deployment, a new plan will be developed that takes advantage of the possibilities offered by Gitlab.

Vergiliana, phase 1
Start: November 2019 Texts, Manuscripts, Bibliography Dennis Groenewegen in progress
Add entries for texts and commentaries (Scholia Bernensis, the Explanationes, the Expositio and De epythetis Virgilii); add entries for manuscripts with Irish and Breton associations; and start adding to the bibliography.

Works of Columbanus
Start: June 2020 Texts Dennis Groenewegen in progress
The purpose is to catalogue the sermons, letters, rules and other works by or attributed to Columbanus. On hold.

Add or improve five key texts concerning the origin legend of the Fothairt (small-scale project)
Start: 7 June 2021 Texts Dennis Groenewegen done
(a) rosc beg. A Eochaid Airtt Fuath arafalnather iath aneoil; (b) poem beg. Feidlimid athair Echach; (c) poem beg. Fothairt for clannaib Concorb; (d) Genealogical tract on the Fothairt; (d) prose text On the settlement of the Fotharta and the Laigsi; (e) Dinnshenchas of Ráith Chrinna.

Adding Irish and Hiberno-Latin prognostications
Start: August 2018 Texts Dennis Groenewegen done
Prognostics concerning the weather (thunder, winds, etc.), animals or animal sound, the day of the week on which one is born, Somniale Danielis, Revelatio/Supputatio Esdrae.

Clearing cobwebs: cleaning up obsolete code and depreciating legacy features of the bibliography
Start: October 2020 Infrastructure, Bibliography Dennis Groenewegen done
The template and main form for bibliographic records are among the oldest on this site, dating back to at least 2010. Their functionality has greatly progressed since, but there are still traces of older approaches that haven't been entirely cleaned up yet. Especially, the  structure for contributors and online resources, and the form fields used for them, need to be updated and sanitised. This will necessitate re-editing hundreds maybe thousands of records using find and replace scripts. The visible effect of these actions will probably be negligible except to our editors but they will allow for saner, less cluttered and better manageable code.

Dinnshenchas Érenn (phase 2011-2012)
Start: 2011 Texts Dennis Groenewegen done
Dinnshenchas Érenn (‘Lore concerning the prominent places of Ireland’) is the term that is most commonly used to describe a compilation or body of medieval Irish literature in which the origins of particular Irish placenames are explained with reference to certain legendary events. During this first phase of the project, every text will be indexed in our database, together with some metadata and bibliographic information. Lists of manuscript witnesses are to be completed at a later date (many entries will simply show you the sigla that E. Gwynn assigned to the MSS and which are explained on Dinnshenchas Érenn).

Improved support for collation and foliation formulae
Start: August 2021 Manuscripts, Infrastructure Dennis Groenewegen done
Current input for information about collation and foliation has been mostly simply descriptive. We should take a more structured approach, allowing editors to choose between two standardised, form-assisted methods of description, depending on the information that is available: (a) add a collation formula, or (b) add the number of leaves. The total number of leaves should be computed automatically from this formula (unless perhaps there is good reason not to depend on it; flyleaves are counted separately) and the template will take the input to produce formatted notations. Two new properties will be introduced (one of which will ultimately be used to assist in querying for manuscripts based on the number of leaves). This small-scale project is intended to cover most use cases. For another, more detailed approach, see the VisColl project elsewhere in this list.

Indexing articles in Celtic studies journals (2020)
Start: January 2020 Bibliography Pierre Faure, Dennis Groenewegen done
Every year we index articles in some of the major and lesser known journals in Celtic studies or related disciplines. Journals we are targeting this year include Études celtiques, the Journal of Celtic Linguistics and others to be revealed at a later date.

Install an IIIF-compliant image viewer and set up relevant infrastructure
Start: 6 August 2021 Infrastructure, Manuscripts Dennis Groenewegen done
Many libraries are making digital facsimiles or images of manuscripts available using standards set by the IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) Consortium. The aim is to install one of the available image viewers (probably Mirador 3), embed its use in appropriate contexts and let MS entries store links to IIIF Manifests. Good to have: ability to open the manuscript on a particular page, with a particular zoom level, but there will be a Content State API, which is still in draft. Entries about discrete MS units would especially benefit from this.

List the dinnshenchas texts in Rennes MS 598
Start: 2014 Texts, Manuscripts Dennis Groenewegen done

New feature: lists of secular and ecclesiastical office terms
Start: January 2021 Agents, Places Dennis Groenewegen done
For any secular or ecclesiastical office, e.g. for the kings of Ailech or abbots of Iona, allow editors to add a term of office identifying the identity of the incumbent, probable start and end dates (and gaps if any), indicate if the term of office is historical or something else (in the case of legendary and pseudo-historical traditins), and add comments.
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