12 November 2019

Philology, Codicology, Paleography in a Digital World

Among Digitized Manuscripts

Last month, Brill published Among Digitized Manuscripts. Philology, Codicology, Paleography in a Digital World by Dr Cornelis van Lit (Philosophy and Religious Studies).

Dr. Eric van Lit
Dr Cornelis van Lit

Working with manuscripts has become a digital affair. But, are there downsides to digital photos? And how can you take advantage of the incredible computing power you have literally at your fingertips? Van Lit explains in detail what happens when manuscript studies meets digital humanities. Among Digitized Manuscripts explains why it is important to include a note on the photo quality in your codicological description, how to draw, collect, and publish glyphs of paleographic interest, what standards (such as TEI and IIIF) to abide by when transcribing a text, how to write custom software for image recognition, and much more. The leading principle is that learning a little about computers will already be of great benefit.

L.W. Cornelis van Lit, O.P., is a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University and a friar of the Order of Preachers. His main expertise lies in medieval Islamic philosophy. He runs the online magazine The Digital Orientalist.

 

  • Title: Among Digitized Manuscripts. Philology, Codicology, Paleography in a Digital World
  • Author: Cornelis van Lit
  • Publisher: Brill
  • ISBN: 9789004415218