Digital Resource for and Database of Paleography, Manuscripts and Diplomatic
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Latest version: 2.2.1, Feb 2018. See the Change Log for more details.


Archetype (formerly known as 'The DigiPal Framework') is freely-available generalised software for the online presentation of images with structured annotations and data which allows users to search for, view, and organise detailed characteristics of handwriting or other material in both verbal and visual form. Designed primarily for the palaeographical analysis of handwriting, it was first developed for the Digital Resource and Database for Palaeography, Manuscript Studies and Diplomatic (DigiPal) project, funded by the European Research Council, and has since been extended particularly through the Models of Authority and Exon Domesday projects. Examples of its use include the following:

The DigiPal Project formally ended on 30 September 2014, but the code is still being updated and extended as part of the follow-on projects listed above.


For further information on using Archetype please see the GitHub Wiki pages.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) under grant agreement no. 263751, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under Grant Reference nos. AH/L013975/1 and AH/L008041/1.