This JISC-funded project is exploring the issues in integrating disparate Anglo-Saxon sources, bringing together four different existing online publications. Anglo-Saxon Cluster is building on research carried out on four other projects involving collaborations between King's College London and Cambridge University, and which collectively provide models for digitising prosopographic data, boundary clauses, charter catalogues and the diplomatic discourse of the charters themselves.
The Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London is developing a new web-based digital resource articulated around the Anglo-Saxon charters as core material, through which the data and the corresponding metadata embodied in each of the component projects is made available together in a thematic cluster. Once completed, the Anglo-Saxon Cluster will serve as a unified point of entry into the individual resources, allowing users to see contextually appropriate data from each project in juxtaposition and to access union indexes generated across the data in each resource. It will serve as a platform for exploring different approaches to cross-searching.
The aggregation of data follows a dynamic model, taking into account the fact that the component resources will continue to be updated and evolve. We expect that the project will have a dual impact: in the development of a technical framework for the integration of disparate resources; and as a possible model for gathering textual and contextual information around medieval charters.