Project Andvari: A Digital Portal to the Visual World of Early Medieval Northern Europe is just starting up at Catholic University of America (Lilla Kopár, Director), in collaboration with the University of Mississippi (Nancy Wicker, Co-Director) and IATH. The project just received a $27,000 Digital Humanities Start-Up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities's Office of Digital Humanities.
Profs. Kopár and Wicker's goal is to build an online database to facilitate access to digital collections of art and artifacts from early medieval northern Europe. These resources are now scattered around the world, and monographs and catalogs listing inscriptions, runes, and monuments are out of print or difficult to find. The project staff aims to build a single aggregate search engine that links to other databases, cultural heritage sites, museums, and archives. Users will be able to search for iconographic parallels, learn about new finds, detect potential comparative material, and follow the development and distribution of visual elements, media, and types of artifacts.
IATH will provide technical guidance as the project develops, and IATH Co-Directors Daniel Pitti and Worthy Martin will participate in a two-day workshop (funded by the NEH grant moneys). The workshop will include art historians, literary scholars, archaeologists, and museum professionals from the U.K., Denmark, Norway, Sweden, German, and the U.S., who will meet to discuss and recommend the conceptual foundations for a prototype system. IATH will also host the project’s web site and provide technical support and data management as the project develops.