I am currently gathering information for a general survey of the spectrum of Palaeographical and Manuscript-based Research resources available online. This task, although fascinating and enlightening, is nevertheless very daunting. Not simply because of the plethora of sites and projects, the many languages of these host sites and the specialised linguistic skills required to make sense of the materials therein contained, but also because of the diverse aims and methodologies espoused by these diverse projects. To say that I am a trifle overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content is an understatement! I will attempt to develop some sort of criteria by which I will classify these resources and perhaps assess their merits and flaws. If anyone has any suggestions as to how I might tackle this mammoth task, then I would greatly appreciate any comments, insights or links to relevant sites and resources. Or failing that you might want to simply wish me luck!
My name is Andrea and I am a learning-junkie. Here begins my next learning adventure. I am embarking on a journey to become a digital humanist. I am not 100% sure yet what that means exactly! Nevertheless, in so doing, I am challenging my ingrained papyrophilia, and forcing myself to go where I have never felt truly comfortable. Yes my friends, I am e-voyaging into the nebulous cloud of confusion which lies at the heart of the dangerous digital realm. Join me on my quest to take by storm the very new and shiny field of digital humanities. Watch me as I try to battle emergent technologies, as I attempt to reach some sort of accord with new media and endeavour to crack the conundrum of ‘what it means to be human in the digital age’.
Given that I am not necessarily a fan of novelty for its own sake, and that I would feel more competent with a calligraphy quill than with a haptic feedback device, this is probably the most difficult challenge I have ever set myself, and I once gave astrophysics a go!
So, in the spirit of openness, interdisciplinarity and self-reflection, which I am coming to realise are watchwords for this nascent discipline, I invite you to join me on this trek into the unknown. Share in the inevitable failures, and hopefully occasional triumphs of a woman whose favourite languages are dead ones, whose favourite works of art are centuries old and whose favourite books were written and illustrated long before the printing-press was even a twinkle in Gutenberg’s eye.
This should be fun.