During the period between the years 2003 and 2005 a team of music and computer scientists worked together on the project "eNoteHistory - Scribe Identification in Handwritten Music Scores from the 18th Century". In this interdisciplinary project different parties cooperate: the Library of the University of Rostock, the Department of Musicology at the University of Rostock, the Database Research Group at the Department of Computer Science as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics. The common aim is to store the 18th century music scores of Rostock in a digital archive, which has to provide access and storage mechanisms for the score images and corresponding metadata as well as mechanisms for computer aided scribe identification.
The duration of the project allowed for the implementation only of a prototype version of the digital archive and the programs for scribe identification. The programs for the identification of scribes use only part of the possible handwriting characteristics, and the training instances represent only a limited number of scribes. Therefore, the web interface for the semi-automatic and automatic identification of scribes is available only for expert users. If you are interested in testing these applications please contact us by e-mail to receive a user account as an expert user.
The results of the automatic import of the bibliographical metadata could not be tested thouroughly. Therefore, for research purposes the following printed version of the Rostocker catalogue should be used: (Ekkehard Krüger, Die Musikaliensammlungen des Erbprinzen Friedrich Ludwig von Württemberg-Stuttgart und der Herzogin Luise Friederike von Mecklenburg-Schwerin in der Universitätsbibliothek Rostock, Beeskow: ortus, 2006). All rights on the music manuscripts are reserved by the Library of the University of Rostock.
The presented project information reflects the accomplished project tasks from the end of 2005. In 2017, the project was refactored after 12 years to run on the current hard- and software.