The plan

In order to make the project as transparent and as accountable as possible, I have decided to publish Invisibilia's work plan. In its outline, it is identical with the corresponding part of my Horizon 2020 application, but I regularly update it in order to show the gap between plan and reality.

The project has an overall duration of two years, starting May 2017 and finishing April 2019. Originally, the project was to begin 1 September 2016 to run until 31 August 2018. Then, however, I got pregnant and went on maternity leave (that is another story you can read about HERE). The fellowship was therefore suspended for the duration of the maternity leave, and official project start was 1 May 2017.


Database development

For the registration of research results and their display, I construct a database in cooperation with and realised by the institute’s in-house datalogical experts. The concept will be accompanied by a data management plan.

1  conceptualisation of database

2  draft of the data management plan

3  database programming

4  database fine-tuning

5  integration of quantitative analysis display

6  revision of database for publication


Manuscript investigation

I scan two source groups for relevant material, i.e. manuscript catalogues and manuscripts themselves. The Copenhagen manuscripts are accessed directly, the Reykjavík manuscripts are pre-evaluated according to the photographs at UCPH and directly examined during the secondment.

1  study of manuscript catalogues and identification of first and second priority manuscripts

2  study of first priority manuscripts: description, transcription, identification and correlation

3  registration of first-priority manuscripts in the database

4  browsing of all other manuscripts for unregistered Latin content

5  study of the relevant second-priority manuscripts: description, transcription, identification and correlation

6  registration of second-priority manuscripts in the database


Qualitative content evaluation

I set up qualitative criteria based on the manuscripts’ examination.

1  determination of relevant criteria and subgroups according to first priority manuscripts

2  enrichment of registered data according to criteria

3  adjustment of relevant criteria and subgroups according to second priority manuscripts

4  revision of data enrichment


Quantitative content evaluation

The established qualitative criteria serve as the basis for the quantitative evaluation, drawing on statistical methods for calculation and display. I develop relevant statistical formula in accordance with the qualitative investigation and supplement them by appropriate display modes, such as animated maps and graphs.

1  choice of suitable statistical methods for sub-groupings and adaptation of formulae

2  development of suitable display modes, such as maps, graphs, charts, word clouds and clusters

3  application of statistical formulae and display on registered data according to enrichment


1.1  data management plan, pre-launch of database for testing purposes

1.2  launch of database for registration

1.3  revised data management plan

1.4  long-term data management plan

2.1  lists of 1st- and 2nd-priority manuscripts

2.2  catalogue entries and edition of 1st priority manuscripts on-line

2.3  catalogue entries and edition of 2nd priority manuscripts on-line

3.1  qualitative evaluation of 1st priority manuscripts on-line

3.2  qualitative evaluation of 2nd priority manuscripts on-line


1  database concept and lists of 1st and 2nd priority manuscripts

2  completion of 1st priority manuscripts

3  50 % completion of 2nd priority manuscripts

4  100 % completion of 2nd priority manuscripts

5  completion of INVISIBILIA