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, Associate Chief Librarian for Digital Strategies and Technology, University of Toronto
  • Alexandra Bolintineanu, Professor of Medieval Digital Studies, University of Toronto
  • Julia King, Research Administrator 5D2E8C
  • Laura Mitchell, Project Manager
  • Rachel Di Cresce, Project Librarian, University Toronto
  • Leslie Barnes, Digital Scholarship Librarian, University Toronto
  • Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services, University of Pennsylvania
  • Alberto Campagnolo, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation
  • Bilal Khalid, Manager, Digital Library Applications, University of Toronto
  • Dickson Law, Application Programmer Analyst, University of Toronto
  • Jana Rajakumar, Application Programmer Analyst, University of Toronto
  • Monica Ung, Project Developer/Designer 5D2E8C
  • Julianna Chianelli, Graduate Researcher
  • Madeleine Elson, Graduate Researcher
  • Lawrence Evalyn, Assistant Professor, Department of English, North Eastern University
  • Cai Henderson, PhD Student, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
  • Jessica Henderson, PhD Student, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
  • Jessica Lockhart, Instructor, Department of English, University of Toronto
  • J.R. Mattison, Assistant Professor, Medieval and Tudor literature and culture, University of Groningen

Funders: The Mellon Foundation

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