Digital Medieval Webinar Repository

The Digital Medievalist has recently created a curated Zenodo community, called the Digital Medieval Webinar Repository (DMWR) to house recorded presentations on medieval topics, especially those that include digital work. As we launch this initiative, we hope to demonstrate the power of Zenodo for scholars and for hosting organizations.

Uploading and providing recorded talks is very easy to do. For conference organizers or institutions, contributions can be tagged with the name of the conference or organization for easy discovery and recall to any event. Individual scholars are also welcome to catalogue their recordings in the DMWR.

When scholars post in the DMWR community, they are following the best practices for digital preservation that encourage storing materials in multiple locales. Moreover, the retrieval and citation of a scholar’s work is facilitated by the generation of a DOI and standard citation of the recorded presentation, and other members of the community can see, access, and search for their work within the curated collection. The DMWR program is a win-win; the community benefits by having a central location where materials of interest to medievalists are stored, and scholars can feel confident that others can find, access, and cite their recorded work appropriately.

Cataloguing a recording is a simple affair, and once the materials are gathered, it should take no longer than 10 minutes. Each contribution requires three things:

1. An MP4 file of the recording;
2. A transcript of the presentation in pdf format (automatically generated in youtube, for example);
3. All standard bibliographic information to generate the citation and tag the recording.

Have a look at our latest entries

  • <div class="wp-block-rss__item-title"><a href="">The encyclopaedia, its innovators, and the intellectual networks in the Carolingian world</a></div><span class="wp-block-rss__item-author">by Steinová, Evina</span><div class="wp-block-rss__item-excerpt">When Isidore of Seville (d. 636) wrote his Etymologiae, he hardly foresaw that his encyclopaedia will become a bestseller. More than 1500 medieval manuscripts of this work survive, a testament to its popularity. Moreover, we observe what may be termed the ‘wikipedization’ of the Etymologiae: …</div>
  • <div class="wp-block-rss__item-title"><a href="">The Elusive Book, or the Digitization of the Materiality[-ies] of Books</a></div><span class="wp-block-rss__item-author">by Alberto Campagnolo</span><div class="wp-block-rss__item-excerpt">13th Annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: invited presentation – online delivery, ‘The Elusive Book, or the Digitization of the Materiality[-ies] of Books’ (18/11/2020)</div>
  • <div class="wp-block-rss__item-title"><a href="">Digital Humanities: New Approaches to Research and Teaching of the Medieval Mediterranean (5th to 15th centuries). (Digital Teaching Session)</a></div><span class="wp-block-rss__item-author">by Nerea Fernández Cadenas, Jamie Wood, Charles West, Lynn Ramey, Robert Houghton, Ainoa Castro Correa</span><div class="wp-block-rss__item-excerpt">This webinar was funded by the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean, thanks to the “Simon Barton Postgraduate & ECR Conference Prize 2020” awarded to Nerea Fernández Cadenas ( It has been designed to offer a …</div>
  • <div class="wp-block-rss__item-title"><a href="">eCodicesNL: a virtual library for medieval manuscripts in Dutch collections</a></div><span class="wp-block-rss__item-author">by Teeuwen, Mariken</span><div class="wp-block-rss__item-excerpt">This is a presentation about eCodicesNL: a new initiative to build a virtual library for medieval manuscripts in Dutch collections. The elements that go into this library are, just as in its model project e-codices Switzerland, high quality and complete images, high quality descriptions and an …</div>
  • <div class="wp-block-rss__item-title"><a href="">Digital and Computational Palaeography: Some Promises and Problems</a></div><span class="wp-block-rss__item-author">by Stokes, Peter</span><div class="wp-block-rss__item-excerpt">Video, abstract and draft transcript of presentation given at the 13th Annual (Virtual) Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.</div>
  • <div class="wp-block-rss__item-title"><a href="">Distant Gatherings: A Text-Case for Digital Manuscript Collaborations</a></div><span class="wp-block-rss__item-author">by Morreale, Laura</span><div class="wp-block-rss__item-excerpt">The restrictions imposed by COVID19 have challenged all who work in academia, and particularly those who work with material sources like medieval manuscripts, to reconsider normal practices of research exchange and how they might transfer to the online environment.  Rather than slavishly …</div>
  • <div class="wp-block-rss__item-title"><a href=""> a database of the early medieval manuscripts of the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville</a></div><span class="wp-block-rss__item-author">by Steinová, Evina</span><div class="wp-block-rss__item-excerpt">The Innovating Knowledge project is currently developing an online manuscript database that will bring together up-to-date information about the roughly 450 early medieval codices transmitting the most important medieval Latin encyclopaedia, the Etymologiae of Isidore of Seville. The objective of …</div>
  • <div class="wp-block-rss__item-title"><a href="">An Artificial Eye for Palaeography. Applying Deep Machine Learning for the Study of Medieval Latin Scripts</a></div><span class="wp-block-rss__item-author">by Busch, Hannah</span><div class="wp-block-rss__item-excerpt">The project “Digital Forensics for Historical Documents” (at Huygens ING, Amsterdam) attempts to create a digital tool, based on a deep learning system, in which the unique characteristics of one medieval script sample will be matched with similar script samples by making use of digitized …</div>
  • <div class="wp-block-rss__item-title"><a href="">A Intro to CoKL DB, or 4,560 Saints in a Database</a></div><span class="wp-block-rss__item-author">by Macks, Aaron</span><div class="wp-block-rss__item-excerpt">This is a brief introduction to the Corpus Kalendarium, or CoKL DB, available online at or follow us on twitter at @cokldb. It will cover details about the project and a demonstration of some of the key features, including how to browse and filter manuscripts, find related …</div>
  • <div class="wp-block-rss__item-title"><a href="">Transkribus – Handwritten Text Recognition for Premodern Documents (SIMS 2020 Lightning Talk)</a></div><span class="wp-block-rss__item-author">by Hodel, Tobias</span><div class="wp-block-rss__item-excerpt">Transkribus is a platform for text recognition and can be used via the Transkribus Expert Software (available after registration: Through Transkribus different tools for document analysis and text recognition can be directly applied. The intro demonstrates very briefly how …</div>
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