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Meeting of opposites

November 19th, 2014 by Michael Winter

If you’ve every wondered how it could be that “being” and “nothingness” are actually two different words for the same thing–however opposite they may seem–you can shed light on this and many other puzzles by watching a You Tube clip about the work behind the Oxford English Dictionary.  (Hint: it’s clearly illustrated by the concept of a doughnut hole).  And for links to a number of additional clips offering behind-the-scenes looks at how the OED is produced, click here.

National Library of the Netherlands/Koniklijke Bibliotheek

December 11th, 2013 by Michael Winter

The website of the National Library of the Netherlands offers an amazing array of content from and about the Netherlands, the Low Countries, Europe, and the world at large. Website available in both English and Dutch.

Mapping the Republic of Letters

April 29th, 2013 by Michael Winter

A collaborative, interdisciplinary, and international project in the digital humanities, Mapping the Republic of Letters, centered at Stanford University, presents visualizations that analyze “big data” relating to the world of early-modern scholars, with a focus primarily on their correspondence, travel, and social networks. The project makes use of quantitative metrics while retaining a committment to the qualitative methods of the humanities.

New Resource: Archivision

June 18th, 2009 by Daniel Goldstein

“The California Digital Library has licensed three huge segments of the vendor Archivision’s fantastic images of architecture and public art for all UC campuses.  The Archivision Base Collection has 16,370 images “representing major Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, 18th & 19th Century and Modern sites”.   Archivision Module One has 5,893 images that build on the above periods and also includes Ancient and Islamic Egypt.  Archivision Module Two has 6,395 images of Early Modern and cairo-citadel Modern European architecture, Islamic Turkey, and more US sites.   All the collections include drawings and plans that complement Scott Gilchrist’s stunning photographs.  You can explore the more than 28,000 new images through ARTstor – look under “Institutional Collections”. (text courtesy UCSB’s VRC blog, the Red Dot.)

RESOURCE: The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies

May 30th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown University. The Labyrinth’s easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world. This project not only provides an organizational structure for electronic resources in medieval studies, but also serves as a model for similar, collaborative projects in other fields of study. The Labyrinth project is open-ended and is designed to grow and change with new developments in technology and in medieval studies.



RESOURCE: The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

May 30th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts offers a simple and straightforward means to discover medieval manuscripts available on the web. The database provides links to a growing number of manuscripts. Basic information about the manuscripts is fully searchable, and users can also browse through the complete contents of the database. As the project develops, a richer body of information for each manuscript, and the texts in these codices, will be provided, where available.


The Catalogue first began to take form in Christopher Baswell’s talk at the MLA conference in December, 2005. Generous support by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) at the University of California, Los Angeles, has enabled Professors Matthew Fisher and Christopher Baswell to develop this site, and make it publicly available in its current form through the CMRS web site. An additional grant from the UCHRI (University of California Humanities Research Institute) made possible additional data entry, and substantive refinements to the back-end technologies in place.



RESOURCE: Tudor Effigies: The Costume Research Image Library

May 29th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


In an effort to chronicle the garments worn by men and women (especially those of the middle classes) during the 16th century, Dr. Jane Malcolm-Davies at the Textile Conservation Centre at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton has undertaken the task of photographing and analyzing effigies. The result is a wonderful database of images offering detailed information on Tudor dress. The effigy images are in chronological order from 1510 to 1604. Detailed information for each image includes the name of the deceased, a description of the monument and clothing depicted, and the geographical location of the effigy. More than 150 different effigies are represented.