Welcome to PORT
The Peirce Online Resource Testbeds Project
at New Mexico State University - Las Cruces, New Mexico
Yes, that is the NOAA Ship PEIRCE, above! Built for the U.S. Coast &
Geodetic Survey (now the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), she
was commissioned on 6 May 1963 in Mobile, AL, and decommissioned on 1 May 1992
in Norfolk, VA. Peter Carnahan (the ship's last Master and Engineer) tells us
that the NOAA Ship PEIRCE was donated to the Intrepid Museum in NYC in 1992.
It was subsequently purchased by a private owner in 1999, and has "found her
port" in Jacksonville, FL.
PORT (Peirce On-line Resource Testbeds) is a model collaboratory, with
testbeds primarily dedicated to creating a digital resource of Charles S.
Peirce's manuscripts at Harvard's Houghton Library. PORT's testbed
participants are committed to the general concept of continuous
improvement of resources for academic research and learning applications.
PORT members are a multidisciplinary group of resource scholar-users in
partnership with computer-based technology developers.
PORT is a response to the uncertainty of how to conduct collaborative
digital resource development on the Web. Our purpose is to encourage and
support learning by participation and experimentation in response to the
many circumstances (technical, economic, social, and behavioral) that
collaboratory testbed operation entails.
PORTAGE Discussion, ICCS2006, Aalborg, Denmark
PORT Workshop, ICCS2005, Kassel, Germany
Added Information for the Workshop
PORT Workshop, ICCS2004, Huntsville, Alabama
Report from the Workshop
Slide Show Introduction
Imaging Peirce - Peirce's writings
Imaging Peirce - IMAGE A
Imaging Peirce - IMAGE B
Peirce Manuscript Test Images
There are four dozen or so additional images of
(deposited in Harvard's Houghton Library), which may be
inspected at random.
Most of these images, which were captured with the Kontron
ProgRes3012 digital video camera, are in jpeg-compressed format
(120 - 160KB). There are three original tiff images -- beware! --
are 21MB each.
Other Testbed Projects and Test Mirror Sites
Other sites and projects (at Kentucky, Rutgers, Washington, Michigan,
and elsewhere) can be found through the ACCORD
(Academic Community for Coordinating On-line Resource Development) Home
There is also a set of mirror sites for this testbed project:
Testbed Tools Being Considered for Evaluation
A set of tools that work over the document images are beginning to be
built. These tools have different functionalities and will help with
different aspects of the testing process.
Docco is a little
personal document management system built on top of Apache's indexing
and the search engine Lucene. This allows fast lookup of keywords and
other information like authors, etc.
ToscanaJ is a pure
viewer/browser for conceptual schemas.
a private company tool and may be
downloaded for testing purposes. This tool was developed by Email
Analysis Pty Ltd which is comprised of University researchers.
CPE is a tool being developed here at NMSU and may be
downloaded for testing purposes. This tool was developed
with the thought that multi-languaged based programs would use it to work with
Conceptual Graphs (CGs) through the CGIF interface built
Testbed Developers Background Documents
We are interested in your comments and
and we seek potential partners and collaborators.
[Warning: this page is under construction; some links have not been
Heather D. Pfeiffer is the
current webmaster of this page. Please feel free to email her
with any web concerns.
PORT/Home Page/May 2006