eCodicology - Algorithms for Automatic Tagging of Medieval Manuscripts - is a joint research project of the University of Darmstadt, the University of Trier, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the State and Public Library of Trier.The project uses a pool of about 500 medieval manuscripts from the Benedictine abbey St. Matthias in Trier. These manuscripts are digitized and enriched with bibliographical meta data.
The scope of eCodicology is the development, testing and optimization of new algorithms which detect macro- and micro-structural elements of a manuscript page automatically and add this information to the meta data. Examples could be (metrical) data like page size, number of lines, captions, register, paratext, marginalia, ratio of image and text and many more. These features will be detected and evaluated statistically to create a pool of objective, reproducible characteristics. Relevant questions for many disciplines (e.g. provenance) can therefore be analysed, the "subjective" view of a codicologist can be "objectified".