Rachel Butcher, Digital Enhancement and Design Lead
Rachel Butcher combined her knowledge of paleography, photo manipulation, and digital painting to create a digitally-enhanced version of the Oxford Outremer Map. Using Adobe Photoshop, Rachel employed a multi-step image-enhancement process to increase the legibility of the original manuscript image and to decrease visual background noise. She removed the background bleed-through from the colored illustration on the recto, then brightened and clarified text and images that make up the map’s content. Rachel provided further details on the choices she made during the digital enhancement process in the essay “Digitally Enhancing the Map,”co-written with Content Research Lead Tobias Hrynick, and in the explanatory clip created by Video Editor Hana Kurihara. Rachel received her MA in Medieval Studies at Fordham in May 2015.
Tobias Hrynick, Content Research Lead
Tobias Hrynick organized the map analysis and served as primary researcher for the geographic, historical, and archaeological data embedded in the map. He composed the annotations for the map entries and identified sites on the map by referencing previous scholarship in conjunction with the digitally enhanced map images created by Rachel Butcher. He co-wrote the essay on the digital paleographic process with Design Lead Rachel Butcher, as well as the essay on locating map sites in geographic and cultural context along with Dr. David Wrisley. Tobias Hrynick has an MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University and is currently pursuing a PhD in History at Fordham.
Hana Kurihara, Video Editor
Using iMovie, Hana Kurihara converted still images of the Oxford map into an animated video highlighting the changes and alterations made to the map during the project’s digital enhancement phase. She collaborated with Design Lead Rachel Butcher to integrate an audio component into the video presentation to track the changes made to the original map image. Hana is pursuing her BA in Communications and Media Studies at Fordham University.
David Levine, Spatial Visualization Specialist and Contributing Author
David Levine has worked on the spatial aspects of the Oxford Outremer Map, using georeferencing, georectification, and other digital mapping techniques to present the map in various ways and to stimulate new research questions through new visualizations. He continues to act as a consultant to the project. David has also co-authored an essay on georectifying the map with Dr. David Wrisley. David is currently pursuing an MA in Medieval Studies at Fordham University.
Anna Lukyanova and Alexander Profaci, Contributors, Research and Data Input
Alexander Profaci and Anna Lukyanova worked with Content Research Lead Tobias Hrynick to identify individual map entries, and with Technology and Display Research Lead Abigail Sargent to input data onto the site. Both arepursuing MAs in Medieval Studies at Fordham University.
Laura Morreale, Project Manager
Laura Morreale and Dr. Nicholas Paul conceived of an interactive tool featuring the Oxford Outremer Map as an extension of research questions first raised in the context of Fordham’s French of Outremer Project. Dr. Morreale helped to define project goals and served as coordinator among the technical, research, and design teams active in the effort. She worked with Dr. David Wrisley to create the accompanying scholarly apparatus and supervised various aspects of the project’s development, including the creation and curation of the digitally-enhanced version of the map. Dr. Morreale is the Associate Director of Fordham’s Center for Medieval Studies and Editor of Fordham’s French of Outremer Project.
Nicholas Paul, Project Editor and Supervising Scholar
Nicholas Paul first encountered the Oxford Outremer map while teaching a graduate course on the “Crusader States” at Fordham in Fall 2013. After comparing Reinhold Röhricht’s renderings of the map with current digital reproductions, Dr. Paul and French of Outremer site editor Dr. Laura Morreale envisioned a project that would offer a digitally-enhanced, interactive version, supplemented with geographic, historical, and archaeological data. While on leave at Cambridge University in Fall 2014, Dr. Paul advised the research team on bibliography and methodology, and consulted with fellow crusade scholars on the map’s overall significance as well as on the meaning of individual entries. Dr. Paul served as final editor for all of the project’s embedded text and provided an interpretive context for this new iteration of the map in his Introductory Essay. Dr. Paul is an Associate Professor of History at Fordham University and serves as a Contributing Editor to Fordham’s French of Outremer Project.
Christopher Rose, Contributing Researcher
Christopher Rose researched and collaborated on identifying many of the questionable locations and terms on the map. He is currently pursuing a PhD in History at Fordham on the aristocracy of the Latin East.
Abigail Sargent, Technology and Display Research Lead
Abigail Sargent served as lead for the technological and display elements of The Oxford Outremer Map Project. Using Omeka, Neatline, Geoserver, and cPanel, Abigail created and compiled instructions for use of these platforms with specific project goals in mind. She collaborated with Content Research Lead Tobias Hrynick to identify map locations and decipher text found on the map, and was responsible for importing data via Omeka and mapping it on the site using Neatline. Over the course of the project, Abigail explored the viability of certain Omeka plugins and add-ons, such as Lightbox, to respond to specific project needs. She created a custom theme for the Neatline exhibit, edited the map presentation, and built structural elements of the exhibit to supplement the map display. Her essay on the technological aspects of the project summarizes these efforts. Abigail has an MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University and is currently pursuing a PhD in History at Princeton University.
David Joseph Wrisley, DH Consultant and Contributing Author
David Joseph Wrisley provided methodological guidance for the visualization, content, and scholarly apparatus of the The Oxford Outremer Map Project. Dr. Wrisley’s DH expertise comes from work on his own digital project that explores space-time in medieval French texts, entitled Visualizing Medieval Places. Dr. Wrisley is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut, and served as a 2014-2015 Medieval Fellow at Fordham’s Center for Medieval Studies.
Rachel Zeltzer, Research Assistant and Copy Editor
Rachel Zeltzer worked to copy-edit existing site entries and to compile research for new entries. She is currently pursuing a B. A. from Bennington College.