Since March 2011, the DEAF has been participating in COST Action IS1005 «Medieval Europe: Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources», which brings together projects from twenty-one European countries and Israel. The COST Action aims to increase accessibility to and integration of medieval research results and tools through the combination of Medievalist scholarship and modern technologies within a Virtual Center for Medieval Studies (VCMS). Thomas Städtler chairs Working Group 3 «Textual Corpora and Reading Tools» of the COST Action and is a member of the Action's Management Committee and Steering Group.
On the 24th of May 2011, Thomas Städtler (DEAF), Annette Kehnel (University of Mannheim) and Ludger Lieb (University of Heidelberg) hosted an international colloqium on the theme of the COST Action, in which Agostino Paravicini Bagliani (SISMEL Florence and University of Lausanne) participated as keynote speaker. More information on the colloquium can be found here (in German).
From the 3rd to the 5th of November 2011, the Management Committee and the four working groups of the COST Action met in Heidelberg as guests of the DEAF and of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. During this meeting, several existing databases which could serve as models for a larger-scale network of Medievalist resources were presented, and possibilities of integration between the participating projects were discussed. Detailed information on the meeting programme can be found here.
From the 17th to the 19th of October 2013, the Management Committee of the COST Action met in Budapest and dealt with the future of the VCMS - Virtual Centre for Medieval Studies. The programme of the conference can be found online (link).
On the 25th and 26th of April 2013 the workshop «Connecting Textual Corpora and Dictionaries» took place in Krakow/Poland under the direction of Sabine Tittel, Prof. Michał Rzepiela and Krzysztof Nowak. For more information concerning this workshop, visit the homepage of the Instytut Języka Polskiego. You can also find some impressions of the workshop here.
On the 13th and 14th of January 2014 the workshop «Structure and draft of a 1st application» took place at the Acedemy of Sciences in Heidelberg.
On the 16th and 17th of March 2015 the Management Committee and the four work groups of the COST Action «Medieval Europe - Medieval Cultures and Technological Resources» attended the closing session in Florence. Several presentations dealt with the different approaches to a standardization of information concerning the Middle Ages. The two applications (for "Horizon 2020" of the European Union) "Lexicographic Semantic Integration in the European Middle Ages – LexEMA" (Sabine Tittel) und "Mobility of Medieval manuscripts in the Middle Ages – MOMENTUM", which arose from the COST Action, were presented and their strengths and weaknesses were discussed.
To date, the DEAF has made the following scientific contributions to the objectives of the COST Action: