From Cabinet to Internet: Digitising Natural History and Medical Manuscripts

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Organiser: Isabelle Charmantier and Andrea Deneau

From Cabinet to Internet: Digitising Natural History and Medical Manuscripts

Day Meeting

Organised jointly by Isabelle Charmantier and Andrea Deneau, The Linnean Society of London & Staffan Müller-Wille, University of Exeter

From 1pm Monday 27 April to 5pm Tuesday 28 April 2015

manuscripts and letters

In order to understand past scientific networks and practices, scholars are increasingly turning to the tools of digital humanities.

Using resources from information technologies, numerous existing projects are cataloguing, editing, indexing and digitising letters and manuscripts, and making them available to a wide community of researchers and collaborators from the public.

The field of digital humanities has transformed the ways in which researchers look at manuscripts and letters: online editions are now accompanied by rich metadata, which facilitates research; digitised images mean that users can zoom in on details that previously needed good eyesight and a magnifying glass; and crowdsourcing ensures that collaborative work not only involves academics working amongst themselves, but that it also inclusively embraces the knowledge and the enthusiasm of members of the general public.

This workshop brings together academics and cultural sector professionals who work on projects specifically involving digitisation of correspondence and manuscripts related to natural history and medicine, from the 16th to the 19th century.

They will present these projects and discuss ideas and practices, such as technological issues, collaboration and coordination between related projects, as well as developing areas of digital humanities, such as crowdsourcing.

An up to date programme and further information on speakers can be found here

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