What do digital medievalists do?

As is often the case in the Digital Humanities landscape, outsiders find it difficult to imagine what kind of work a digital medievalist would engage with. If the term Digital Humanities is often perceived as an oxymoron, this is even more so for Digital Medievalist. Digital and medieval do not seem to go together, and yet, as we know, they complement each other in our projects.

Digital Medievalist (DM) was born in 2003 as a project and an international ‘community of practice’ dedicated to the development and dissemination of best practice in the use of technology in Medieval Studies[1]. In 2005, the Digital Medievalist Journal (DMJ) was added as a more formal component of DM. A review of the papers published in DMJ and of the posts and webpages here at digitalmedievalist.org provides an idea and an overview of our scholarly activities. Digital archives, digital palaeography and codicology projects, medieval corpora, textual analysis and editions are among the most prominent activities, but DM does not wish to be solely involved in medieval manuscript culture. A recent review[2] of a project on Gothic Architecture is an example of the breath of activities carried out by digital medievalists.

To start a reflection on the scholarly interests and endeavours lead by members of our community, we are launching a series of blog-posts written by digital medievalists from around the world, focussing on some aspects of their research, and showcasing their particular views of the Digital Medievalist landscape.

We begin with contributions by a group of early career researchers who are (or have been) engaged in research projects as part of a series of postdocs in Data Curation for Medieval Studies, organized by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and funded by the Mellon Foundation.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to encourage other researchers engaged in projects that fall within the umbrella of Digital Medievalist interests to contact us and submit blog-post proposals.


[1] Paul O’Donnell, D., (2005). Welcome to The Digital Medievalist. Digital Medievalist. 1. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/dm.1

[2] Werwie, K., (2017). Stephen Murray and Andrew Tallon, 2012-. Mapping Gothic France. http://mappinggothic.org/. Digital Medievalist. 10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/dm.54

Digital Medievalist Executive Board Elections 2017 – Tally

Election URL (accessible to the voters):

https://vote.heliosvoting.org/helios/e/DMBoardElections_2017-2019

Tally

Question #1
Who would you like to elect as members of the Executive Board of Digital Medievalist? (choose up to 4 candidates)

ROMAN BLEIER, University of Graz 50
JEAN-BAPTISTE CAMPS, PSL Research University 45
ELS DE PAERMENTIER, Ghent University –Standing for re-election– 77
ROBERTO DEL MONTE, NUME International Research Group 35
LISA FAGIN DAVIS, Medieval Academy of America 100
GRETA FRANZINI, University of Goettingen –Standing for re-election– 97
ERIN SEBO, Flinders University 23
ENGIN CIHAD TEKEN, Hacettepe University Technopolis 35
HEATHER WACHA, University of Wisconsin, Madison 40

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.

ENGIN CIHAD TEKIN

Engin is working as academic advisor for a number of TUBİTAK’s (The Scientific and Technologcal Research Council of Turkey) digitization and Digital Humanitites projects. Previously, he has worked as an academic advisor to the Executive Board of Hacettepe University Technopolis for electronic documents and archival sources. He completed his PhD in Library and Information Science. His studies focus on European and Ottoman book history between 1450-1700. His dissertation discussed Ottoman Book Culture from the perspective of European Travellers between 1453-1699 with 122 European travellers. Engin has also built and managed Turkey’s first Digital Library Project ( pecya.com ) between 2006-2010. Pecya was funded by Turkey’s scientific state funds and it has a full text search cloud based library system with a digital copyright agreement of 220 foundations, archives and publishers in Turkey, as well as 3.5 million pages of copyrighted materials, manuscripts and rare books. Engin studies digital humanities, search engine technologies and digital technologies for text mining and new text technologies. He also focuses on rare books, Ottoman manuscripts, as well as book history and prohibited books of Europe. He is a member of the Islamic manuscript Association in Cambridge and he served as the Turkish representative for the Azerbaijani Institute of Manuscripts between 2010-2013. He is also working for his own Project- readment.com Structured Digital library Project.

ERIN SEBO

Erin is a specialist on Anglo-Saxon heroic poetry and historical linguistics. She has taught at Monash University (Melbourne), University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. She is currently Lecturer in Anglo-Saxon Literature at Flinders University (Adelaide). She is a collaborator with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the study of the History of Emotion and winner of the Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Her first monograph, In Enigmate: the history of a riddle from 400-1500, is forthcoming from Four Courts Press. After her PhD, she worked on two DH post-docs, The Psalms in Trinity at the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin, and The Psalms In Ireland Before 1600 based at Archbishop Marshes Library in Dublin.  The aim of these projects was to provide context for the Faddan More Psalter (which had recently been discovered) by cataloguing and digitizing pre-modern psalmic material and providing a searchable database of psalmic marginalia.