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manuscriptlink is a powerful collaborative research tool for librarians, teachers, and scholars worldwide.

For centuries, pages have been systematically cut from medieval choir books “illuminated” with sheets of gold leaf, prayer books with lavish miniatures, venerable relics from defunct monasteries, luxury volumes coveted by emperors and popes, lyric verse in vernacular tongues, elegant anthologies of classical texts, and so on. Our innovative project will reunite digital surrogates of these pages into virtual codices, thereby restoring thousands of manuscripts made invisible through the dispersal of their constituents. With its user-friendly suite of image-navigation tools, archive of hi-res images, and comprehensive metadata, manuscriptlink will unlock a treasury of information in multiple Humanities disciplines, including art history, literature, book design and production, religious culture, translation, and even more. The project likewise envisions the impact of a large-scale collaboration in which even the smallest repositories will see their holdings gain new value when contextualized on such a large scale.

Related Publications

 Johnson, E. “Eloquent Witnesses, Damaged Goods, or Teaching Aids?.” In vHMML. June 11, 2014.

Johnson, E. “From Fragmentation to Reaggregation: Revealing a “Virtual” Medieval Library with Manuscriptlink.” Presentation at Coalition for Networked Information, St. Louis, MO, March 31-April 1, 2014.

Johnson, E. and Gwara, S. “The Butcher’s Bill” What the Schoenberg Database Can Reveal about the Trade in Medieval and Renaissance Fragments.” Presentation at the 7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, Philadelphia, PA, November 2014.

Gwara, S. “Manuscript Fragmentology: Restoring a Medieval Library Online, Page by Page.” Presentation and Round Table at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, October 2014.

Gwara, S. “Manuscript Link: Restoring a Medieval Library One Page at a Time.” Presentaiton at the Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis, MO, June 2014.


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