Digital Medievalist: About

Digital Medievalist is an international web-based Community of Practice for medievalists working with digital media. Established in 2003, the project helps medievalists by providing a network for technical collaboration and instruction, exchange of expertise, and the development of best practice. The project operates an electronic mailing list and discussion forum, on-line refereed journal, news server for announcements and calls for papers, a wiki and FAQ. It also organises conference sessions at international medieval and humanities computing congresses. It is an elected organization and has developed some governing bylaws.

The current Director is Peter Stokes; the Executive Board is listed below.

Mailing list and Discussion Forum

<dm-l@uleth.ca> is the Digital Medievalist electronic mailing list. Members use the list to ask for advice, discuss problems, and share information. The list's collegial atmosphere encourages a variety of conversations: from advanced discussions of problems in the implementation of particular languages or software to more basic questions about how to begin a computing project or find help with software, languages, and formats. As of 5 May 2012 the mailing list has 744 members. Subscription is open to anyone interested in the use of digital media in the study of the medieval period.

Journal

Digital Medievalist (DM) is the project's on-line, refereed Journal. DM accepts work of original research and scholarship, notes on technological topics (markup and stylesheets, tools and software, etc.), commentary pieces discussing developments in the field, bibliographic and review articles, and project reports. All contributions are reviewed by authorities in humanities computing prior to publication. Contributions to DM should concern topics likely to be of interest to medievalists working with digital media, though they need not be exclusively medieval in focus. They should be of a length appropriate to the subject under discussion; in most instances this means between 1,000 and 10,000 words. Journal submissions or enquiries should be emailed to: editors _at_ digitalmedievalist.org (replace ' _at_ ' with an at-sign of course).

The current Editor-in-chief is Malte Rehbein, Associate Editors are Daniel O'Donnell, Orietta da Rold and Peter Stokes. Reviews Editor is Rebecca Welzenbach. All other DM board members also contribute to the editorial process.

Wiki and FAQ

The Digital Medievalist Wiki is a central reference resource. The wiki contains the project FAQ, and articles by members on various topics of interest to the community. Users are strongly encouraged to contribute to the wiki, by improving current entries, writing new ones, or encouraging experts to contribute on specific questions and issues.

News Server

Digital Medievalist operates a news server. This can be used to announce new publications, software, or project, issue calls for papers, or promote conferences and congresses. Anyone is allowed to post news, although it will be moderated. If it has not already appeared in the DM-L mailing list, then it will be reposted there.

DM on Twitter

All news that is posted to the Digital Medievalist website also eventually ends up on twitter. You can follow the 'digitalmedieval' user at http://twitter.com/digitalmedieval. The links in these postings however do not return to the DM website, but instead the wordpress blog used as part of the news posting service.

Digital Medievalist Executive Board

The Digital Medievalist Project is overseen by an eight-member executive board of medievalists with considerable experience in the use of digital media in the study of medieval topics.

Current Executive

Term ending in 2014
  • Orietta Da Rold (2012-2014) is a lecturer in medieval literature, specialising in medieval manuscripts and digital humanities. She has more than ten years experience developing and encoding data and metadata for electronic publications and resources for medieval and early modern projects. She is one of the directors of 'The Production and use of English manuscripts 1060 to 1220', funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (http://www.le.ac.uk/ee/em1060to1220/). She co-directs a JISC funded project: Manuscripts Online (http://manuscriptsonline.wordpress.com/about/). She was the co-investigator of an European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop 'Applying Semantic Web Technologies To Medieval Manuscript Research'. She is the editor of (ed.), A Digital Edition of Cambridge University Library, MS Dd.4.24 of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (HRI online forthcoming,http://www.shef.ac.uk/hri/projects/projectpages/blakeeditions.html) and the late medieval editor of the electronic journal Literature Compass (Blackwell). See further: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/english/people/oriettadarold
  • Takako Kato (2010-2014) is a lecturer in English Literature and Digital Humanities at the Centre for Textual Scholarship, De Montfort University, UK (http://www.cts.dmu.ac.uk). She is currently finishing up her 'Malory Project' (http://www.maloryproject.com/), an electronic edition and commentary of Malory's Morte Darthur and 'The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220', an online catalogue of English manuscripts (http://www.le.ac.uk/ee/em1060to1220/), both using TEI-compliant xml. Her next collaborative Project, 'Caxton and Beyond: Copy Specific Features in English Incunabula', was awarded Katharine F. Pantzer Jr Scholarship from the Bibliographical Society (http://www.bibsoc.org.uk/news.htm). She thinks collaboration is the key to the success of a digital humanities project. The 'Caxton and Beyond' is now piloting a web-based interface designed to hold both descriptive and visual information about English Incunabula as physical and cultural commodities, with the aim of facilitating links and collaboration with the British Library's Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/istc/index.html), other incunabula online projects such as CERL's Material Evidence in Incunabula (http://www.cerl.org/web/en/resources/mei/main) and libraries with major incunabula holdings such as Cambridge University Library, Bodleian, Glasgow University Library and John Rylands University Library of Manchester.
  • Alexei Lavrentiev (2012-2014) is a research engineer at ICAR Research Laboratory (CNRS and Lyon University). His PhD thesis in French Linguistics (École normale supérieure de Lyon, France, 2009) was dedicated to the study of medieval French punctuation and was based on a corpus of multi-layer TEI-XML transcriptions of manuscripts and incunabula. He was involved in the Princeton Charrette Project (2002-2006) and in the Saint-Petersburg Hagiography Corpus (2004). Since 2004 he has been working on the BFM Old French Corpus and on various related research and publication projects. He is responsible for the TEI encoding of the BFM texts, for their linguistic annotation and for providing user access to them. He manages the BFM public website and the new web portal for text query and analysis. He is a co-editor (with Christiane Marchello-Nizia) of the Queste del Saint Graal online edition. The opening of the TXM-based BFM web portal in 2012 represents a major achievement in the BFM project. This portal, developed by a team of ICAR researchers and engineers (Matthieu Decorde, Céline Guillot, Serge Heiden, Alexei Lavrentiev and Bénédicte Pincemin), provides a great number of services including KWIC concordances, a text selection interface, presentation of synoptic editions, statistical analysis, etc.
  • Timoty Leonardi (2012-2014) is a Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Capitulary Library of Vercelli (Italy). My background is in medieval manuscripts and early printed books with particular interest in bookbindings and watermarks. I hold a Second Level Master's Degree in librarianship from the University of Siena, and I am finishing my specialization as librarian at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza'. I was recently awarded a short-term fellowship at the Newberry Library, Chicago, to study early bookbindings of incunabula in the John M. Wing Collection. I am currently working, as project manager, on a database of bookbindings in libraries of Piedmontese Region for the Superintendence, and I am involved in the digitization and multi-spectral analysis project of the capitulary manuscripts. I would like to work with the board in order to develop the DM journal in the growing field of digital humanities, to organize conferences and workshops. This would allow me to be part of a academic community committed to the knowledge of medieval resources.
Term ending in 2015
  • Benjamin Albritton (2013-15) works as the digital medieval program manager at Stanford University Libraries. In that role, he oversees the Parker on the Web project (http://parker.stanford.edu), the preservation of Walters Art Museum digital manuscript content in the Stanford Digital Repository (http://goo.gl/GvCba), and ongoing content collaborations with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the University of Pennsylvania, and others. In addition to content-based projects, he coordinates the Mellon-funded Digital Manuscript Technology program: an international manuscript interoperability project dedicated to cross-repository collaboration. This effort, shared by many collaborators, has spawned SharedCanvas (http://www.shared-canvas.org/) and the International Image Interoperability Framework (http://lib.stanford.edu/iiif). The primary aim of the project is increased access to distributed resources and tools for medieval scholars in order to enable comparative work across manuscript collections. Benjamin is committed to bringing content owners, software developers, and scholars together to further research in medieval topics. In addition to his digital library work, he remains active as a musicologist. Current projects include: Machaut in the Book (co-PI), an interdisciplinary and collaborative study of the role of Guillaume de Machaut as author in the surviving witnesses to his works, with particular focus on poetic miscellanies; and A Comparative Kalendar”, a nascent tool for navigation across digitized manuscripts that contain liturgical calendars.
  • Suzanne Paul (2013-15) is the Medieval Manuscripts Specialist at Cambridge University Library (http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/). She is currently developing a new online catalogue of the library’s medieval manuscripts using TEI and participating in the ongoing digitisation of the collection in the Cambridge Digital Library (http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/). From 2007 to May 2013 she was sub-librarian at the Parker Library (http://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/about-us/parker-library/), Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, with particular responsibility for creating and updating metadata in XML and database formats for Parker on the Web (http://parkerweb.stanford.edu/). She has extensive experience of collaborating with researchers and other librarians on digital projects.
  • Peter Stokes (2009-2015) is Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities; Principal Investigator of DigiPal, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London. After a BEng in Computer Engineering and a joint BA in Classics and English, his PhD was on Anglo-Saxon palaeography and included an extensive database of manuscripts and letterforms. He was Research Associate on LangScape and Analyst on eSawyer and the Anglo-Saxon Cluster at the Centre for Computing in Humanities at KCL, and was Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Cambridge working on digital methods in palaeography. He then received a Starting Grant from the European Research Commission for 'DigiPal'. Other work includes being board member of the Wellcome Arabic Manuscript Cataloguing Partnership, principal coordinator of Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, and teaching on the MA in Digital Humanities at KCL. See further http://peterstokes.org/.
  • Dominique Stutzman (2011-2013). After degrees in Classics, History and German studies at the Sorbonne, Dominique Stutzmann studied at the École nationale des Chartes (archiviste paléographe, 2002), received a MLIS and worked at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (MSS Dept.) and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Digital Information Dept.). He completed a PhD on scribal practices of Cistercian communities in medieval Burgundy, for which he developed the statistical analysis of scribal profiles based on TEI encoding. Since 2007, he is lecturer of medieval paleography at the École Pratique des Hautes Études and, since 2010, research fellow at the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS). In the Graphem project (2008-2011), he co-organized an international colloquium on computer-aided script analysis, categorization and classification (Paris, 14-15 April 2011). He is currently preparing digital editions (Fontenay’s charters and dated MSS. with allographetic encoding) and researching on graphical systems and the normalization of palaeographic descriptions.

Previous members of the executive board

  • Baker, Peter. (2003-2007)
  • Burghart, Marjorie. (2008-2012).
  • Ciula, Arianna. (2007-2009)
  • Cummings, James (2004-2012; Director, 2009-2012).
  • Foys, Martin. (2003-2007)
  • Ginther, James R. (2010-2012).
  • McGillivray, Murray. (2003-2008)
  • O'Donnell, Daniel Paul. (2003-2011; Director, 2003-2009)
  • Porter, Dorothy Carr. (2005-2010)
  • Rehbein, Malte (2009-2013; Journal Editor-In-Chief, 2009–).
  • Robinson, Peter. (2007-2009)
  • Rosselli Del Turco, Roberto. (2003-2010)
  • Schassan, Torsten (2007-2013).
  • Solopova, Elizabeth. (2003-2007)

The original members of the executive prior to it becoming an elected board were: Peter Baker, James Cummings, Dot Porter, Martin Foys, Murray McGillivray, Daniel O'Donnell, Roberto Rosselli Del Turco, and Elizabeth Solopova.

Acknowledgements

Apart from members of the executive, some DM members bring an invaluable help to the community as volunteers

  • James Cummings, provides volunteer technical support for the whole DM technical infrastructure
  • Camille Fairbanks, Managing Editor for the Digital Medievalist Journal
  • Malte Rehbein, Editor in Chief for the Digital Medievalist Journal
  • Grant L. Simpson, News Editor, conversion of old wiki articles and other wiki editing
  • Daniel Paul O'Donnell, Associate Editor for the Digital Medievalist Journal
  • Rebecca Welzenbach, Reviews Editor for the Digital Medievalist Journal