1.1.2007 – 30.6.2010
Leitung: Prof. i.R. Dr. Heinz Miklas
Interdisciplinary project. Predecessor to *The Enigma of the Sinaitic Glagolitic Tradition* (see below)
Dipl.-Ing. Emanuel Wenger
The Bernstein Consortium produces a digital infrastructure for the expertise and history of paper based on images visualizing the paper’s structure. The individual resources are databases of watermarks and other annotated features, image measurement software, contextual resources for cartography and bibliography, and an integrated workspace. Additionally, the Consortium organizes tutorials and an exhibition on paper studies.
Doz. Dr. Walter Stockert
Prof. Dr. Claudia Römer
Das Wiener Mühimme Defteri (ÖNB Mxt. 270). Eine schwer beschädigte Handschrift der osmanischen Staatskanzlei des 16. Jahrhunderts.
1.2.2011 – 31.1.2014
Leitung: Prof. i.R. Dr. Heinz Miklas
The interdisciplinary project is devoted to the recording, investigation and critical and facsimile edition of several newly detected Glagolitic manuscripts from St. Catherine’s monastery on Mt. Sinai (Sin. slav. 1/N, 3/N-5/N) and the comparative analysis of the whole Sinaitic Old Church Slavonic collection (10th-11th/12th c.), on the one hand, and the further development and application of new technical means for the preservation, investigation and virtual restoration of (damaged) written cultural heritage and its access for the research community, on the other.
CIMA is an interuniversity research institution which was established at the beginning of 2014 in the framework of the HRSM-project “Analysis and Conservation of Cultural Heritage – Modern Imaging and Material Analysis Methods for the Visualization, Documentation and Classification of Historical Written Material (Manuscripts)”.
Specialized on research in the fields of imaging, image enhancement and analysis as well as the non-invasive chemical analysis of the materials used for the production of historical objects, CIMA represents a unique facility with an interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of cultural heritage.
1.3.2017 – 31.8.2021
In continuation of the FWF projects The Sinaitic Sacramentary (Euchologium) Fragments and The Enigma of the Sinaitic Glagolitic Tradition, the focus of this project is the investigation of the origin and later fate of the early Glagolitic sources for the development of the Glagolitic and Old Church Slavonic traditions.
At the same time it is necessary to further study and edit all palimpsested and other hitherto inaccessible texts which have not yet been fully deciphered. The results of those examinations must be placed into their historical context to complete our picture of the cultural history of the relevant regions.
In order to achieve these objectives, humanity scholars (predominantly Slavicists), scientists (computer vision specialists, chemists, phycisists, microbiologists) and conservators are engaging in inter- and multidisciplinary cooperation employing philological and historical methods of manuscript studies, language analysis and literary criticism in combination with up-to-date relevant technologies, such as Multispectral Imaging and Document Image Analysis, material investigation via spectroscopy (with x-ray-, UV, visible, and infrared radiatons) and DNA as well as the latest preservation analyses and techniques. The interplay of the different investigations will allow important new discoveries not only for the areas in question, but also the development of new methods relevant for other disciplines such as Slavic political and church history and Byzantine-Greek philology or theology, from which the future exploration of any written heritage will benefit.