The imaging of the visual appearance of manuscripts for wide dissemination via the internet is now widely practiced and has dramatically changed the lives of manuscript scholars.
Dirk Wintergruen, Robert Casties, Jamil Ragep (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science / McGill) "The Open Mind database of the Islamic Scientific Manuscript Initiative (ISMI)"
Traditional databases work well with structured data that can be organized into tables. But humanist scholars often deal with very unstructured information that is fluid and in need of flexible structures. The Open Mind database of the Islamic Scientific Manuscript Initiative (ISMI) was developed by humanist scholars and technical experts working jointly through a partnership between the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin and McGill's Institute of Islamic Studies.
Jon Voss (HistoryPin) "Q & A with Historypin, Crowdsourcing History on a Massive Collaborative Scale"
Jon Voss is the Strategic Partnerships Director of Historypin. He recently organized the first International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums Summit, hosted by the Internet Archive and funded by the Sloan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He's also the project manager of Civil War Data 150, a collaborative project utilizing Linked Open Data to connect and discover information about the American Civil War during the 150th anniversary. Jon is a native Michigander and long time resident of San Francisco.
For more information please see http://digihum.mcgill.ca/event/greg-crane-the-humanities-in-a-digital-age/
Co-sponsored by the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment.
Contact: benjamin [dot] forest [at] mcgill [dot] ca
This lecture draws on the wealth of marginalia – names, dates, marks, signatures, comments, and drawings – which nineteenth century readers marked in their books. Prof Stauffer uses this evidence to reconstruct the history of how Victorian readers interacted with their books, and how they interacted with each other through their books. Projects such as Google Books make digital versions of these volumes more accessible to modern readers.
Andrew Stauffer will present tools developed by his team at NINES, including Typewright, Juxta, and Neatline. All are welcome!