Albert - Anonymous painting
Albertus Magnus
Anonymous painting

Credits and thanks

Bruno Tremblay (Philosophy, St.Jerome’s University) is the project's initiator and Director.

Frank Tompa (Computer Science, University of Waterloo) contributed greatly to the development of the software that is at the basis of the Alberti Magni e-corpus search engine. He also supervised the undergraduate student from Computer Science who helped build the first version of the website and of the database. He devised and implemented the new marking system in use in the 2013 iteration of the searchable database, and made further modifications and improvements to the search engine.

David Porreca (Classical Studies, University of Waterloo) has contributed by helping find undergraduate students from Classical Studies able to work on the transformation of image files of Albert’s works into machine-readable texts, by supervising the work done by some of them, and by transforming some texts himself.

Shadab Rashid is the CS assistant who was involved in the building of the first version of the website and searchable database, under the supervision of Drs. Tompa and Tremblay. The current interface of the website was realized by Tremblay (with some help from Rebecca Thomson, from the UW Arts Computing helpdesk).

Many people have been involved in what is assuredly the most arduous aspect of this project, that is to say turning image files of Latin texts into good-quality, machine-readable texts. The main steps that are required are the following : 1) each image file is turned into a text file, using the software OmniPage Pro, and revised in the process; 2) the text file is proofread two more times, so that the text reflects more closely the printed edition; 3) the text of the printed edition is itself partly corrected, usually in light of the Jammy edition. Steps 2 and 3 were in each case performed by Bruno Tremblay, whereas different people, for the most part undergraduate students supervised by Tremblay, have contributed to the first proofreading :

First proofreading
First proofreading
Super Porphyrium De V universalibus (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Margaret McCarthy De vegetabilibus (ed. Meyer-Jessen, 1867) Brenda Lauritzen
De praedicamentis (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Margaret McCarthy De animalibus (ed. Stadler, 1916-1920) Brenda Lauritzen
De sex principiis (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Margaret McCarthy De principiis motus processivi (ed. Stadler, 1909) Bruno Tremblay
Liber divisionum (ed. de Loë, 1913) Bruno Tremblay Ethica (ed. Borgnet, 1891) Margaret McCarthy / Brenda Lauritzen / Aiofe Richmond
Peri hermeneias (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Margaret McCarthy / Bruno Tremblay Politica (ed. Borgnet, 1891) Tyler Flatt
Analytica priora (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Margaret McCarthy De XV problematibus (ed. Mandonnet, 1908) Bruno Tremblay
Analytica posteriora (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Margaret McCarthy De fato (ed. Mandonnet, 1927) Bruno Tremblay
Topica (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Margaret McCarthy De causis et processu universitatis (ed. Borgnet, 1891) Ellen Bleaney
De sophisticis elenchis (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Margaret McCarthy Super Ieremiam (frag.) (ed. Meersseman, 1932) Bruno Tremblay
De generatione et corruptione (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Ellen Bleaney Super Ezechielem (frag.) (ed. Heusgen-Ostlender, 1933) Bruno Tremblay
Mineralia (ed. Borgnet, 1890) David Porreca Super Threnos (ed. Borgnet, 1893) Bruno Tremblay
De nutrimento et nutribili (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Brenda Lauritzen Super Baruch (ed. Borgnet, 1893) Mitchell Elvidge
De sensu et sensato (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Brenda Lauritzen Super Marcum (ed. Borgnet, 1894) Mitchell Elvidge
De memoria et reminiscentia (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Brenda Lauritzen Super Iohannem (ed. Borgnet, 1895) Mitchell Elvidge
De intellectu et intelligibili (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Brenda Lauritzen De quiditate et esse (ed. Grabmann, 1942) Bruno Tremblay
De somno et vigilia (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Brenda Lauritzen De IV coaequaevis (ed. Borgnet, 1895) Brenda Lauritzen
De spiritu et respiratione (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Brenda Lauritzen Super Sententiarum (ed. Borgnet, 1893-1894) Brenda Lauritzen (Lib. I and IV) / David Porreca (Lib. II) / Lillian Wheeler (Lib. III)
De motibus animalium (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Brenda Lauritzen Summa theologiae (ed. Borgnet, 1894-1895) Lillian Wheeler (Pars I) / Brenda Lauritzen (Pars II)
De iuventute et senectute (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Brenda Lauritzen De mysterio missae (ed. Borgnet, 1899) Tanner Rudnick
De morte et vita (ed. Borgnet, 1890) Brenda Lauritzen De corpore domini (ed. Borgnet, 1899) Mitchell Elvidge / Tanner Rudnick

Université Laval and the University of Saskatchewan provided the hard copies of the Borgnet volumes that were scanned for this project. Most of the scanning was done by Graphics, from the University of Waterloo.

Many years ago, Albert Pinto patiently scanned each page of the Jammy edition, and he generously allowed for them to be posted on this website. Mr. Pinto’s thousands of files were organized, formatted and turned into 21 .pdfs by Bruno Tremblay.

The library of Stanford University created the .pdfs of De animalibus and De vegetabilibus that can be downloaded from the present website.

Rega Wood and the libraries of Stanford University and the University of San Diego made available the .pdf of de Loë’s edition of Liber divisionum that can be downloaded from the present website.

Pictures and images were obtained from the website of Europeana, whose terms of use can be found here.

Thank you to Henryk Anzulewiscz, David Twetten, Thérèse Bonin, and Burkhard Mojsisch for their encouragements and good counsel.

Financial support, without which the Alberti Magni e-corpus would not exist, has come from St.Jerome’s University, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ontario Research Fund (ORF), the University of Waterloo, and Stanley Cunningham. The University of Waterloo also provides and maintains the server on which the Alberti Magni e-corpus is hosted.

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