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Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities

Fresco Sam-Sin

Lecturer, LIAS/LUCL

Areas of interest

text mining, corpus linguistics, data visualizations, digital paleography 

Current projects

Together with Léon Rodenburg, I am developing and curating a digital platform for the teaching and researching of Manchu. Besides offering critical editions with auto-markup and collaborative annotation tools, the system has a concordance tool for optimal text mining. Currently, in collaboration with Mario Cams (university of Macau) manc.hu is developing ways to visualize data on JP2 images, as well as developing ways to connect text to image. In 2016 we connected Hittite to our system and are currently working on a third language.
2017.02- present
Together with Léon Rodenburg, I am active within the framework of the Critical Approaches to New Asian Media Ecologies (CANAME) project, funded by the Leiden University Asian Modernities and Traditions cluster. As part of this project, I am supervising the building of a database and an API for Manchu-Chinese lexicons of which its content will also benefit users of other platforms, e.g MARKUS.
For my research of connecting Manchu numismatics to paleography, I am building up a paleographic structure on the basis of DigiPal to research hands and scribes in pre-classical Manchu (ManjuPal). 


Fresco Sam-Sin is a lecturer of Manchu and Manchu studies at Leiden University. He was educated in Leiden, the Netherlands (Universiteit Leiden) and Peking, China (BLCU, Minzu University). He holds an MA in Sinology (2008; Leiden). Sam-Sin specializes in educating students in applying digital methods.

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