A new digital humanities resource has been launched by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania, geared to the medieval studies community to create research workspaces, editions, scholarship, collaboration and open access publications.
Digital Mappa 1.0 is a joint project between the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. The premise of the resource is simple: if you have a collection of digital images and/or texts, you should be able to produce an online resource that links together specific moments on these images and texts together, annotate these moments as much as you want, collaborate with others on this work, have the content you produce be searchable, and make this work available to others as you wish. And you should be able to do this with little technical expertise.
Some of the projects using the Digital Mappa include:
Virtual Mappa – a fully annotated a collection of eleven early English maps of the world, including the Anglo-Saxon Cotton Map and the massive Hereford Map.
Old English Poetry in Facsimile – offering access to texts and digital images of the earliest facsimile of each surviving work of Old English poetry
Four Anglo-Carolingian Mini-Editions – annotating and transcribing part of the British Library’s Cotton Vespasian D. xv manuscript
Digital Mappa is a hosted environment available to all scholars. One can even test the resource out and see how it works by going to the DM Sandbox to make a temporary project.
What is DigitalMappa? A. Get a network admin to set up your own instance of it. B. Start making your own DH workspaces, collaborations projects & publications for collections of images & texts – if you can click, type, copy & paste, you can use DM. https://t.co/UbWWZyCyRX pic.twitter.com/JK0EXv8f51
— digitalmappa (@digitalmappa) April 16, 2018
Second teaser for DM 1.0 projects to be released tomorrow . . . we also annotated 10 other early medieval maps of the world, including the Anglo-Saxon Cotton Map. Watch out for those lions. pic.twitter.com/hNilgh7b0R
— digitalmappa (@digitalmappa) April 15, 2018