TILE » News http://mith.umd.edu/tile Text-Image Linking Environment Tue, 07 Feb 2012 20:38:03 +0000 en hourly 1 TILE 1.0 Release http://mith.umd.edu/tile/2011/07/21/tile-1-0-release/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tile-1-0-release http://mith.umd.edu/tile/2011/07/21/tile-1-0-release/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:34:55 +0000 mith http://mith.umd.edu/tile/?p=1330 We’ve officially released version 1.0 of TILE. Here are the release notes since 0.9:

Release Notes for TILE 1.0


  • Interface added for tagging and annotating manuscript images (Image Annotation)
  • Interface added for automatically tagging lines using basic image analysis tools (Auto Line Recognizer)
  • Dialog tools for loading and saving data
  • Support for TEI P5 formatted XML data
  • Support for XML data using Alto metadata scheme
  • Improved visuals for attaching metadata to transcript lines
  • Fixed label attachment bugs
  • Improvements to the Auto Line Recognizer (ALR)
  • Improved workflow and accuracy using gray-image detection for ALR
  • New documentation for the TILE User Guide

Library Updates

  • jQuery 1.6.2 update


  • ALR instructions made to be clearer
  • Changed version message area

For Developers


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Introducing TILE 0.9 http://mith.umd.edu/tile/2011/02/14/introducing-tile-0-9/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=introducing-tile-0-9 http://mith.umd.edu/tile/2011/02/14/introducing-tile-0-9/#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 18:20:58 +0000 mith http://mith.umd.edu/tile/redesign/?p=923 We’re excited to announce the redesigned website for and public release of The Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE), a web-based tool for creating and editing image-based electronic editions and digital archives of humanities texts. This initial release of TILE 0.9 features tools for importing and exporting transcript lines and images of text, an image markup tool, a semi-automated line recognizer that tags regions of text within an image, and plugin architecture to extend the functionality of the software.

There are a number of ways to try TILE 0.9 and learn more. You can visit the MITH-hosted sandbox version that allows you to use the tool online, or download a customizable version of the software.

If you’d like to learn more, we’ve made end-user and developer documentation available, and we’re ready to answer your questions on our forums.

Supported by an NEH Preservation and Access Grant, TILE is a collaboration between the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (Doug Reside, Dave Lester) and Indiana University (Dot Porter, John Walsh).

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Announcing tilegen! http://mith.umd.edu/tile/2009/11/24/announcing-tilegen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=announcing-tilegen http://mith.umd.edu/tile/2009/11/24/announcing-tilegen/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2009 21:21:23 +0000 mith http://mith.info/tile/?p=58 The TILE team is pleased to announce tilegen, a Firefox extension for automatically tiling large images for use in deep zoom programs such as OpenLayers.

This extension now creates Tiles in a Tile Mapping Services (TMS) fashion. For more on the TMS specifications, we recommend viewing the OSGeo Wiki page for TMS at: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Tile_Map_Service_Specification.

In short, PNG files of the individual tiles will be stored in the form: “ / 1.0.0 / / zoom_level / x_index / y_index + .png” Where: 0 is the zoom level at LOWEST resolution and x=0 and y= are the top corners of the image.

You can install this plugin by double clicking below, or dragging it onto the Firefox browser. The source code is available by renaming the xpi extension to zip and then unzipping the file.

Download tilegen.

Disclaimer: MITH is not responsible for the irresponsible use of this code, or for any injuries to people or properties which result from its use.

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Welcome to the TILE project blog! http://mith.umd.edu/tile/2009/07/20/welcome/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=welcome http://mith.umd.edu/tile/2009/07/20/welcome/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2009 14:18:16 +0000 mith http://mith.info/staff/ekvernen/tile/?p=19 Here you’ll find the latest TILE news, as well as information about our project team, partner projects, and prototype and related tools. Be sure to visit regularly for project updates, or subscribe to the RSS Feed to have news sent directly to you.

What exactly is TILE? TILE stands for Text-Image Linking Environment, and it’s a web-based tool (or more properly a collection of tools) that will enable scholars to annotate images, and to incorporate them into their digital editions. TILE will be based primarily on the Ajax XML Encoder (AXE) developed by project co-PI Douglas Reside and funded through an NEH Digital Humanities Start-up grant. During the course of this project we will extend the functionality of AXE to allow the following:

  • Semi-automated creation of links between transcriptions and images of the materials from which the transcriptions were made. Using a form of optical character recognition, our software will recognize words in a page image and link them to a pre-existing textual transcription. These links can then be checked, and if need be adjusted, by a human.
  • Annotation of any area of an image selected by the user with a controlled vocabulary (for example, the tool can be adjusted to allow only the annotations “damaged” or “illegible”).
  • Application of editorial annotations to any area of an image.
  • Support linking for non-horizontal, non-rectangular areas of source images.
  • Creation of links between different, non-contiguous areas of primary source images. For example:
    • captions and illustrations;
    • illustrations and textual descriptions;
    • analogous texts across different manuscripts

We are especially concerned with making our tool available for integration into many different types of project environments, and we will therefore work to make the system requirements for TILE as minimal and as generic as possible.

The TILE development project is collaborative, involving scholars from across the United States and Europe who are working with a wide variety of materials – ancient and modern, hand-written and printed, illustrated, illuminated, and not. This project has the potential to help change not just digital editing, but the way software in the humanities is developed and considered. Many tools created for humanists are built within the context of a single project, focusing either on a single set of materials or on materials from a single time period, and this limits their ability to be adapted for use by other projects. By design, our project cuts across subjects and materials. Because it will be simple, with focused functionality, our tool will be usable by a wide variety of scholars from different areas and working with a variety of materials – illustrations and photographs as well as images of text. Therefore we have brought together several collaborators from different projects with different needs to provide advice and testing for our work: The Swinburne Project and Chymstry of Isaac Newton at Indiana University-Bloomington, the Homer Multitext Project at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies, the Mapas Project at the University of Oregon, and various projects supported through the Digital Humanities Observatory at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. As TILE becomes available, we will be seeking additional projects and individuals to test its usability. Watch the TILE blog for announcements!

TILE is a two-year project, scheduled to run from May 2009 through May 2011. Funding for TILE is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, through the Preservation and Access (Research and Development) program.

If you have any questions please leave a comment below or write to us at TILEPROJECT [at] listserv [dot] heanet [dot] ie. Thanks for visiting!

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