Manuscript Transcribathon at UVA

EMMOJoin Rare Book School and the Folger Shakespeare Library for a Manuscript Transcribathon on Wednesday, 18 March in Alderman Library 421 (the large classroom in the Scholars’ Lab). The event will begin at noon with a brown-bag lunch talk by Heather Wolfe, RBS faculty member and Curator of Manuscripts at the Folger: “Why Manuscripts Matter: An Introduction to Early Modern Manuscripts Online.”

Following the talk, until 7 p.m., participants are invited to lend a hand with one of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s new and exciting digital humanities endeavors: the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project. Come learn about paleography and try out user-friendly software tools as you transcribe manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Beginners and experts are welcome: Folger staff and UVA graduate students will be on hand to assist in all aspects of creating transcriptions, and “mini-races” will be held throughout the day (there will be prizes!). Stop in to try a few words and learn about the process, or make a day of it.

See the Folger blog post EMMO: Early Modern Manuscripts Online for more about the project, or read about the previous transcribathon, held at the University of Pennsylvania in December.