HEATHER WACHA

As a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies, I would be delighted to serve on the Digital Medievalist Executive Board. My interest and passion for the digital humanities began while I was working on my doctorate, when a GIS class showed me how to ask new research questions of my 13th-century sources. I was also interested in disseminating public history projects via digital media and decided to create a set of educational videos about medieval manuscripts.  Since then I have taken on the digital edition of a 13th-century cartulary from northern France using TEI encoding, the editing of nine mappamundi in Digital Maxima, a software environment developed by Martin Foys, professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, and the use of social network analysis for visualizing the relationships between mappamundi and their textual sources. For medievalists, it is crucial we continue to recognize the benefits of using digital technologies in our discipline and I see my present and future careers helping myself and others put these technologies into practice.

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