Digitising Patterns of Power (DPP):
Peripherical Mountains in the Medieval World

DPP has been accomplished as a Digital Cluster Project of the Institute for Medieval Research (IMAFO) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, funded within the programme “Digital Humanities: Langzeitprojekte zum kulturellen Erbe” of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Austria.
Duration: 1 January 2015-31 December 2019
PI: Doz. Mag. Dr. Mihailo St. Popović (Mihailo.Popovic@oeaw.ac.at)

DPP Mapviewer

Please click on this link in order to access the DPP Mapviewer:
https://dpp.oeaw.ac.at/portal/


Our Scholarly Results, Publications and Output:

Our Dissemination

Our Backend

We have used the open-source Database System OpenAtlas (based on the CIDOC-CRM) for our data acquisition and processing in DPP. DPP has among other projects substantially financed and supported the development of OpenAtlas (cf. https://openatlas.eu/projects). The developed database software is free for download via: https://github.com/DigitisingPatternsOfPower/OpenAtlas

Our Frontend

  • Our web application (the so-called DPP Mapviewer) enables the user to browse the entire data of DPP freely online: https://dpp.oeaw.ac.at/portal/
  • Via additional map layers in the web application published by the Long-Term Project “Tabula Imperii Byzantini (TIB)” of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Institute for Medieval Research; https://tib.oeaw.ac.at/) DPP’s data is connected to the printed volumes of the TIB and its headwords, when it comes to the territories of the Balkan Peninsula and Asia Minor.
  • Selected, digitised charters of the DPP Case Study “The Historical Region of Macedonia (12th-14th Cent.) – The Transformation of a Medieval Landscape” have been annotated in cooperation with the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) of the Ohio State University (https://library.osu.edu/hrl) and the software Recogito developed by the project Pelagios (https://recogito.pelagios.org/) and integrated into the web application, thus creating a best practice in this field.

What DPP offers:

  • A rich historical and archaeological data collection (data entries in English)
  • Various possibilities of comparison between the Case Studies via the DPP web application
  • Interpretation of the analysed sources (e.g. Signs of Power) via the DPP web application
  • Geocommunication of content – Visualisation and queries in the DPP web application under the license CC-BY and map export function for everybody
  • Underpinning of new scholarly interpretations by using DPP data
  • Development of a “best practice” in this field of research
  • Technical sustainability within the framework of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • A sophisticated, documented and comprehensible overall package in terms of the Humanities, Software Engineering and GIScience

What DPP does not offer:

  • No general approach towards “place”, “space” and “time” for all medieval sources, but specifically for the research question of DPP, thus offering an incentive for future related projects
  • No regressive modelling of past landscapes in 2D or 3D (but certainly a first approximation, cf. for example the map layers DPP and DPP modern in the web application or the definition of historical regions as first steps), which is expandable in follow-up projects
  • No visualisation of climate data (after thorough discussions with the experts J. Lutterbacher and E. Xoplaki the respective data sets proved to be too inaccurate or insufficient)
  • No reconstruction of historical watercourses (approach by V. Winiwarter as in the case of the Danube due to the lack of sources and scientific data for individual case studies impossible)

Case Studies

Case Studies

In four Case Studies the project will investigate patterns of power in selected areas of the european middle ages.
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Geocommunication

Geocommunication

In cooperation with the University of Vienna, the Case Studies can be experienced online via a geovisualisation.
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Digitalisation

Digitalisation

In two case studies, manuscripts and editions will be digitized, geotagged and connected with the geovisualisation.
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Repository

Repository

All the collected data will be searchable via an online database. Shapefiles, KML and articels can be downloaded.
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  • Case Studies

    Case Studies

    In four Case Studies the project will investigate patterns of power in selected areas of the european middle ages.
    ...learn more
  • Geocommunication

    Geocommunication

    In cooperation with the Instiute of Geography at the University of Vienna, the Case Studies can be experienced online via a geovisualisation.
    ...learn more
  • Digitalisation

    Digitalisation

    In two case studies, manuscripts and editions will be digitized, geotagged and connected with the geovisualisation.
    ...learn more
  • Repository

    Repository

    All the collected data will be searchable via an online database. Additionally, shapefiles, KML and articels can be downloaded.
    ...learn more