Readings (Term II)

Term II Outline

  1. Theory of the Digital Archive
  2. The Promise or Possibilities of the Digital Humanities
  3. Digitally Capturing Medieval Manuscripts
  4. Using IIIF and Mirador
  5. Online Annotations
  6. Making Online Exhibitions
  7. Encoding Medieval Texts
  8. Accessibility and Durability for DH Projects
  9. One-on-one work with the professor
  10. One-on-one work with the professor
  11. Presentations I
  12. Presentations II
  13. Final Class

Detailed Listing of Readings

13. Theory of the Digital Archive
What is the difference between a manuscript and a digital version of it? This class welcomes students back and begins our focus on digitization in earnest.

14. The Promise or the Possibilities of the Digital Humanities
Scanning or photographing manuscripts is one thing, but manuscripts can be represented or reproduced digitally in a myriad of ways. This class is intended as a brainstorming session for potential exhibitions people might want to develop and to explore the idea of the digital humanities as a gateway into diverse intellectual and creative interactions with texts.

15. Capturing Medieval Manuscripts 
How to capture medieval manuscripts? This class asks students to consider how people go about imaging, reproducing and creating facsimiles (both physical and digital) of medieval manuscripts.

16. Using IIIF and Mirador
On Omeka, we’ve already been using IIIF Images. This class we will look at how we can use IIIF to present images, but also how IIIF and its linked software allows scholars to productively study/ interact with medieval manuscripts.

17. Online Annotations
The development of annotations offered by and Mirador allows an intellectual engagement/ process not usually visible, but very helpful in the creation of knowledge. Too many annotations or unhelpful annotations, however, have the potential to negatively impact a project. We will explore the questions of how to encourage productive collaboration and how much access you want to make to the general public for your online material.

18. Online Exhibitions
What are the best practices for creating online exhibitions of archival/ medieval material? How does the digital environment offer new ways of exhibiting material? What are the strengths and weaknesses of online exhibits?

19. Encoding Medieval Texts
In this class we will be looking at the guidelines for encoding medieval manuscripts developed by the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative). Shawn Hawkins (College of the Humanities) will be coming to talk to us about his ongoing collaboration to develop a digital edition of a fifteenth-century commentary on the Roman poet Catullus.

20. Accessibility and Durability for DH Projects
In this class, we will consider how to foreground accessibility in developing online exhibitions. Also we will be considering the issue of dead sites – what happens to your site after you stop maintaining it and how to ensure the information you have work so hard on does not disappear into the ether…

21. One-on-one work with the professor I
22. One-on-one work with the professor II

No readings. During class time for these two weeks, students will meet with the professor one-on-one to get help with their final project.

23. Student Presentations I
24. Student Presentations II

No readings. During class time for these two weeks, students will meet make formal 15 minute presentations of their work to the class.

25. Final Class

No readings. Debriefing the term.