Spring 2017 Workshop

Call for Participants: March 24-25, 2017 Digital Editing Workshop at Columbia University

Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll: A Graduate Workshop with Columbia University Plimpton Add. MS 04

March 24-25, 2017 – Columbia University, Butler Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

This graduate training workshop will cover topics in:

  • Paleography and Cataloging of Medieval Manuscript Rolls
  • Manuscript Transcription and Scholarly Editing
  • Introduction to the Digital Edition: Challenges and Best Practices
  • Collaborative Editing
  • XML, Text Encoding Fundamentals and the TEI Schema

No prior paleography or coding experience is required, but applicants will be expected to complete approximately four hours of preparatory work and six hours of follow-up work before and after the workshop.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of digital editing while tackling the codicological challenges posed by medieval manuscripts.  Practical sessions will inform collective editorial decision-making: participants will undertake the work of transcription and commentary, and tag (according to TEI 5 protocols) the text and images of one medieval manuscript roll from the Columbia collection.  The workshop will result in a collaborative digital edition.

The workshop will run 24-25 March, 2017 (Friday-Saturday), 9:30am-4:30pm at Columbia University at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, housed on the 6th floor of Columbia University’s Butler Library; if you are not a Barnard or Columbia student, be sure to contact us in advance, so that we can arrange for your entrance into Butler Library.  The workshop is free of charge, and lunch will be provided on Saturday.

An information booklet and syllabus can be found at this link – please read this document before applying, and apply online by February 24 March 10, 2017.  Applicants will be notified whether they can be offered a place by February 28 March 12, 2017.

This workshop will be limited to 10 places – preference will be given to graduate students with demonstrated need for training in manuscript study and text encoding.

For more information, or if you have trouble with your application, please email lead organizer Alisa Beer at digitalmsrollsnyc@gmail.com