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The DICAT research group

The DICAT research group was created under the direction of Teresa Ferrer Valls in 1995. Since then, it has been committed to the application of new technologies in the field of the humanities, particularly in relation to Spanish classical theatre, our primary research focus.

Our projects are based on the critical analysis and classification of the abundant documentation that exists in relation to the theatrical activity of the time, in order to develop new research tools that allow us to optimize the collection of all this information, help researchers access it and make it easier to relate different pieces of data. The contributions of the DICAT group and our projects under development follow from this guiding mission

The DICAT group has been funded until now by a series of Spanish R+D programs under the Dirección General de Investigación del Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (ref. PB94-1005), the Ministerio de Educación y Cultura (ref. PB98-1485), the Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (ref. BFF2002-0029), the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (ref. HUM-00560) and now the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (ref. FFI2008-00813; FFI2011-23549; CDS2009-00033).

Collaboration with other research groups

The DICAT group is one of the twelve groups that are part of the TC/12 group and its project, Patrimonio teatral clásico español. Textos e instrumentos de investigación, funded by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación as part of the Consolider-Ingenio 2010 program (ref. CDS2009-00033), with Joan Oleza as coordinator (Universitat de València). The project has gathered together a research team composed of 149 researchers from Spanish, European and American universities, plus others from Spain's CSIC. Responsible for one of the different research lines that converge in this large project, the DICAT group draws on its experience to create new research instruments to promote the study and understanding of our classical theatre. For more information see: http://www.tc12.es

Several members of the DICAT team are also collaborators in other research projects that are related to DICAT, focused as well on using new technologies in the field of the humanities. They are:

  • ArteLope. Diccionario de argumentos y datos del teatro de Lope de Vega, directed by Dr. Joan Oleza (Universitat de València) and funded since 2000 as part of Spain's R+D program. Its objective is to systematize, in a digital format with different fields, diverse information (bibliographic, of plots, characters, chronology…) related with Lope de Vega's theatrical works.
    For more information: http://artelope.uv.es
  • Out of the Wings, a project undertaken through several British universities, is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. It promotes Spanish and Latin-American theatre to the English-speaking public through a database that includes information on each extant play together with partial translations.
    For more information: http://www.outofthewings.org
  • Manos Teatrales: An Experiment in Cyber-Paleography, a project directed by Margaret R. Greer (Duke University). It consists of a database whose main objective is to identify the copyist of Golden Age theatrical manuscripts that are preserved in different libraries in Europe and the United States. This identification, in turn, enhances our understanding of plays, playwrights and copyists in the context of their times.
    For more information: http://www.manosteatrales.org
 
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