Making Digital Marks on Medieval Manuscripts
Edited By Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel
This book began as a book on annotation. I started by thinking about annotation in relation to critical theory. How we use it, why we use it. But the results were not satisfying. This is not a book about what we have done, but a book about what we can and will do. In writing use case scenarios for the Roman de la Rose Digital Library, I began considering a potential future in which users of the Library could tag manuscript images with information and create interconnections between that information, turning the Library from a one-way street in which scholars come to us for static information, into a two-way collaborative experience in which users continuously build upon the information, creating ever richer interconnections. It is a grand vision for the resource, but one I hope to realize some day. Indeed, other academic projects are exploring the potential of these kinds of holistic research environments, The Ten Thousand Rooms Project at Yale being just one excellent example (http://tenthousandrooms.yale.edu). There are two questions I ask myself when envisioning a use case scenario. The first is of course how this will benefit our users: how their research and teaching will be enabled by a resource with increased functionality. The second is how this will allow us to understand how medieval people used these texts and manuscripts. I am not looking for a medieval mindset per se, I believe it is ← xiii | xiv → too crude a move to place the entirety...
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