GORAZD: The Old Church Slavonic Digital Hub
The goal of GORAZD – the Old Church Slavonic Digital Hub is to provide access to the results of Czech Paleo-Slavonic Studies lexicographical research. This goal will be achieved by retro-conversion and digitization of the existing printed dictionaries as well as the digitization of a unique collection of the Old Church Slavonic citation slips which served as a base for the realization of the Dictionary of the Old Church Slavonic Tongue in four volumes published in the second half of the 20th century. The result of the project will be the creation of a free electronic dictionary hub based on lexicographical material that has been collected by the Slavonic Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for the following works: The Dictionary of the Old Church Slavonic Language (Slovník jazyka staroslověnského), the Dictionary of the oldest Old Church Slavonic texts (Slovník nejstarších staroslověnských památek) and the Greek-Old Church Slavonic Index (Řecko-staroslověnský index). In this manner the permanent digital preservation of the data will be ensured. Moreover, the developed software tools will enable us to expand, revise and innovate the lexicographical content and keep the level of research updated.
Within the framework of the GORAZD Project, we are developing three specialized tools to automate the digitization process for all kinds of reference works (i.e. dictionaries and encyclopaedias). These tools are the: Lemma Generator, Lemma Editing Line and Export Module. These tools will be available as freeware licenced by GNU GPL and they will be compatible with INVENIO – open source framework dedicated to the management of digital assets developed by CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research). This library system will be adapted to the special needs of historical dictionary management and will be used as a platform to access the digitized dictionaries compiled under the GORAZD Project. The contents of these databases will be published for end users via the Gulliver presentation system developed by AiP Beroun.
For the displaying of Old Church Slavonic texts, the GORAZD Project uses the Unicode compatible font CyrillicaBulgarian10U which was kindly provided by prof. Anna-Mariya Totomanova from the University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski", the leader of the project Cyrillomethodiana.
The project is being implemented thanks to the NAKI II programme at the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (DG16P02H024). The grant will be running for the period of 2016-2020. The recipient of the grant is the Slavonic Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the head researcher is PhDr. Štefan Pilát, Ph.D. The delivery of the INVENIO digital library framework, the Gulliver presentation system and technical support is being provided by AiP Beroun.