Project Profile:

Digital Tools for Manuscript Study

Archived Project


Twitter: @digitaltoolsmss

Description: This project addresses two key needs of manuscript scholars: annotation and collation (that is, the formulaic description of a book’s three-dimensional composition). To do so, we have chosen to develop plugins for the popular Omeka platform. We integrate VisCodex and Omeka, emerging, lightweight tools with traction in our community of practice, with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), which de-silos image stores, facilitating cross-institutional research and scholarly communication. Our project also uses the Open/ Web Annotation specification to support data portability for scholarly transcription, translation and annotation. As modular components of the Omeka platform that integrate the content management system with other repositories, the plugins we develop will interoperate and extend Omeka’s capacity to integrate with the larger digital scholarship environment.


  • Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga; Professor, Department of English and Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
  • Sian Meikle, Director of Information Technology Services
  • Alexandra Bolintineanu, Professor of Medieval Digital Studies, University of Toronto
  • Julia King, Research Administrator
  • Laura Mitchell, Project Manager
  • Rachel Di Cresce, Project Librarian
  • Leslie Barnes, Digital Scholarship Librarian
  • Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services
  • Alberto Campagnolo, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation
  • Bilal Khalid, Senior Developer
  • Dickson Law, Project Developer
  • Jana Rajakumar, Project Developer
  • Monica Ung, Project Developer/Designer
  • Julianna Chianelli, Graduate Researcher
  • Madeleine Elson, Graduate Researcher
  • Lawrence Evalyn, Graduate Researcher
  • Cai Henderson, Graduate Researcher
  • Jessica Henderson, Graduate Researcher
  • Jessica Lockhart, Graduate Researcher
  • J.R. Mattison, Graduate Researcher

Funders: The Mellon Foundation

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