The medieval manuscript and its digital image

The medieval manuscript and its digital image

Lectures by William Noel

Given at the University of Cambridge, on March 11-13, 2019

Lecture 1: Collections

Through examples such as the Archimedes Palimpsest and the medieval manuscripts of Philadelphia, this lecture reexamines the presentation of digital collections on the web.

Lecture 2: Interfaces

This lecture examines a wide variety of interfaces for the medieval manuscript image, from multispectral imaging viewers for palimpsests to a crowdsourcing platform for the Cairo Genizah, and illustrates their potential and explores their weaknesses.

Lecture 3: Tools

This lecture looks at two such tools developed by the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, that address the fundamentals of medieval book structure, size and format.

William Noel is the Director of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscripts Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. Click here to view his university webpage or follow him on Twitter @WillNoel

Top Image: Illuminated Manuscript, Book of Hours, St. George, Walters Manuscript W.168, fol. 217v

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