Project site at IATH (UVA)

Project Andvari is an international collaborative project designed to create a free digital portal that will provide integrated access to collections of northern European art and artifacts of the early medieval period (4th–12th centuries).

The project title Andvari evokes many of the features of the new research tool. Andvari (Old Norse ‘the careful one’) is the name of a dwarf in Norse mythology, in which dwarves are associated with arts and crafts. Andvari is the collector of a great treasure and a shape-shifter. Thus his character echoes the idea of a digital portal functioning as ‘collector’ or aggregator as well as its utility in the scholarly pursuit of artistic elements transformed across media, regions, and cultures.

The Project Andvari team includes:

  • Project directors:
    • Lilla Kopár (The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.) and
    • Nancy L. Wicker (University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS)
  • Project assistant:
    • Joseph Koivisto (The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.)

Project Andvari has four main objectives:

  • To address the challenge of providing integrated access to the existing but dispersed artifactual record of northern European art of the early medieval period;
  • to augment and enhance existing data and metadata;
  • to allow humanities scholars to study the aggregated material in an interdisciplinary fashion, promoting analyses of relationships (both of artifacts and of cultures) hitherto unrecognized; and
  • to promptly disseminate information about new archaeological discoveries and provide a shared virtual workspace for researchers to examine new finds.

Project Andvari has received a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from NEH to convene an international workshop for researchers, museum professionals, and technology experts to refine the conceptual design of the proposed digital portal and to identify its technological requirements in preparation for a pilot project.

The workshop will be held at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., on November 8-9, 2013. The workshop is limited to invited participants.


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