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  • 1. King's College London
  • 2. @fe-consulting
  • 3. École Pratique des Hautes Études – Université PSL @ephenum
  • 4. Oxford University
  • 1. King's College London


Archetype (formerly known as 'The DigiPal Framework') is an open source web application for the study and presentation of visual communication. Structured annotations, transcriptions and descriptive metadata 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 (ERC), and has since been extended particularly through the Models of Authority and Exon Domesday projects (AHRC funded).

The software was developed between 2011 and 2017 by the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London (KCL) and maintained by King's Digital Lab (KCL) from 2017.




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  • Noël, G., Buomprisco, G., Stokes, P., Brookes, S., Archetype, 2017.