All Fire, all Flames: from Philology to artificial Intelligence and Back

Recovering the MS L.II.14 of the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria di Torino damaged by the Fire of 1904

PNRR M4C2: PRIN 2022

Acronym: AFAF


The "All Fire, all Flames: from Philology to artificial Intelligence and Back” project stems from the two-year project "RESCAPÉ: L’approche numérique face au défi du feu," funded by Biblissima+ (CNRS, France, 2021-22), which employs artificial intelligence for automatic handwriting recognition on the manuscript MS Torino, BNU, L.II.14, a highly important French codex severely damaged in the 1904 fire.

The main objective of AFAF is to publish a complete interpretative edition of the manuscript, accompanied by a descriptive catalog of its 86 miniatures. The use of innovative mobile and non-invasive X-ray imaging techniques developed at the XRAYlab of CNR ISPC will allow to enhance the readability of the most damaged sections.

The project aims to create an innovative synergy between computational and traditional philology, utilizing advanced technologies to achieve excellent results in reduced timeframes. AFAF seeks to address the lack of accessible digital editions, promoting greater public accessibility and improving the understanding and enjoyment of this significant medieval cultural heritage.

Project information

  • Funded by: European Union NextGenerationEU and Italian Ministry of University and Research
  • Call: PNRR: Missione 4 – Componente 2 “Dalla ricerca all’impresa” – Investimento 1.1 – Progetti di Ricerca di Rilevante Interesse Nazionale (PRIN)
  • Start date: 30 settembre 2023
  • End date: 28 February 2026
  • ISPC Scientific coordinator: Claudia Caliri
  • Project Leader: Università degli Studi di Sassari
  • Partners: Università degli Studi di Napoli, Federico II, Università degli Studi di Catania, Università degli Studi della Basilicata
  • Budget: € 230.994 (CNR ISPC: € 70.000)

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