PMI Workshop: Scholars Gather To Explore Digital Archiving Tools

Matt Miller, PMI co-PI, welcomes participating scholars to the workshop on Nov. 4, 2016. 

Matt Miller, PMI co-PI, welcomes participating scholars to the workshop on Nov. 4, 2016. 

Over the course of our 2-day workshop held at the University of Maryland, the Persian Manuscript Initiative--in Collaboration with the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies and the Perseids Project--hosted 24 scholars representing various institutions and technological backgrounds. Participants from universities such as Tufts, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins joined scholars from institutions such as the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. 

This workshop was a team effort from the start. We felt that there were many different tools and platforms available to scholars, but not many for interactions with manuscripts.
— Matthew Miller, Opening Address
 
 
 

Following the opening round table discussion, a keynote address was delivered by Bridget Almas entitled "Perspectives on Ancient Texts, Data & Digital Infrastructure." Following the presentation, Almas fielded questions about the curation of digital materials and how to foster collaboration between developers and content handlers. See the full presentation here

 
Data ages like wine and software ages like fish
A working group analyzing digital archival tools

A working group analyzing digital archival tools

 
 
 

Small working groups explored digital platforms such as Omeka, Scriptorium, and Getty Scholar Workplace.  After experimenting with each platform, the working groups came together to share their findings, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each digital tool, and report on how each tool could be best used in respect to manuscript digitization.

 
 

The workshop also included a virtual meeting and Q&A with Daniel Gullo, William Straub, and Chad LaVigne, founders of vHMMLWorkshop participants were given the opportunity to ask about the future of the Virtual Hill Museum & Manuscripts Library and the technology involved in their manuscript digitization process. 

 
 
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