Korea Text initiative
Mark Byington, Edward Baker, and Wayne de Fremery found the Cambridge Institute for the Study of Korea (CISK), a non-profit research organization located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Wayne begins work as Director of the Korea Text Initiative at CISK.
Sijo is a traditional Korean verse form that has roots stretching back to the fourteenth century. The grant will help create a venue where poets working in English can learn about and experiment with the centuries-old form.
INTACT Digital ensures reliable access to digital content by combining virtualization of computing systems and transformation of data and document formats. Intact Digital and the Korea Text Initiative have collaborated to create a digital continuity plan that will ensure software and data services developed by the Korea Text Initiative are "future proofed."
The Korea Text Initiative is a awarded one of nine highly-competitive grants offered by Microsoft as part of its Cloud for Global Good program. The grant will enable the KTI to share its innovative approaches to engaging Korean texts by offering the power of cloud computing and new, cutting-edge text mining and text modeling services to humanities researchers, artists, and readers around the world.
This project utilizes Mo文oN_Cut&Search image-pattern matching techniques and the power of cloud computing to investigate the historical use of Hunmin Chŏngŭm, the alphabetic writing system developed in the fifteenth-century Korea. The aim is to gain insights into the Korean language and an understanding of the sounds associated with the panch’iŭm (ㅿ) and the double hieŭt (ㆅ) , as well as change in the sounds used in present-day Korean.
Mo文oN_Cut&Search image-pattern matching software, cloud enabled machine learning techniques, and data from the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative at UC Berkeley will be used to train computers to read images of more than 10 million characters on 180,000 woodblock pages of the Tripitaka Koreana, a thirteenth century collection of Buddhist texts.
The KTI begins a collaboration with the National Assembly Library of Korea that aims to make Mo文oN_Cut&Search and the power of cloud computing available to library patrons so that the library's unique collection and Korea's rich textual tradition can be mined, mapped, and explored in ways never before been possible.
This informal workshop sponsored by the KTI and the UIC History Research Institute at Yonsei University was an opportunity for participants to consider how texts might be read as data and, conversely, how data might be read as texts. Presenters Wayne de Fremery, Chad Denton, Hyunju Bae, and Cindy A. Nguyen offered ideas about the relationship between texts and data in the morning session and presented new tools for de/constructing data and con/texts in the afternoon.
Sijo an international journal of poetry and song is devoted to publishing germinative poetry, art, and song that claims to participate in the sijo tradition, which has roots in Korean antiquity. The first issue of the journal was released in a limited edition of 300 copies to coincide with sijo writing workshops and performances at St. Mary's College of California on January 25. For more information about the journal and its wider release in April, visit sijopoet.org.
Software Previews—Coming Soon!
Mo文oN_Cut&Search is patented technology that enables textual images to be searched, indexed, and mined without the need for OCR (optical character recognition). Thanks to a generous grant from Microsoft, the Korea Text Initiative will soon be able to let researchers preview this new method for investigating texts.
Thanks to a generous grant from Microsoft, the Korea Text Initiative will soon be able to let artist, content creators, and researchers create meaningful 3D objects from Korean texts (texts in any language actually!) using Mo文oN_3D Modeling. Write a poem, model it in 3D, and print it in silver or gold as pendant for a loved one. Model passages from your favorite novel and transform them into the landscape for the adventure game you are designing. Make your favorite aphorisms into assets for the augmented or virtual reality environment you are building.
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