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November 19, 2020

Odeuropa

An online encyclopedia of European smells.

In this three-year project, the researchers will be using data mining, heritage science, and sensory history techniques to identify, document, and share Europe's olfactory heritage. An AI will go through historical texts for intricate descriptions of smells in seven languages and spot images and paintings associated with odors, examine and organize them for experts to study later, France 24 reports.
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Dr. William Tullett of Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, a member of the Odeuropa team and the author of Smell in Eighteenth-Century England, says that this "... could take us into all kinds of different scents, whether that is the use of herbs like rosemary to protect against plague, [or] the use of smelling salts in the 18th and 19th centuries as an antidote to fits and fainting."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 19, 2020 03:04 PM