January 19, 2022

New Journal Article: “Manuscript Study in Digital Spaces: The State of the Field and New Ways Forward”

The following article appears in issue 12.2 of Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ).


Manuscript Study in Digital Spaces: The State of the Field and New Ways Forward


Bridget Almas
The Alpheios Project, Ltd.

Emad Khazraee
School of Information, Kent State University

Matthew Thomas Miller
Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland College Park

Joshua Westgar
University Libraries, University of Maryland College Park


Digital Humanities Quarterly (DHQ)
12.2 (2018)


In the last decade tremendous advances have been made in the tools and platforms available for the digital study of manuscripts. Much work, however, remains to be done in order to address the wide range of pedagogical, cataloging, preservation, scholarly (individual and collaborative), and citizen science (crowdsourcing) workflows and use cases in a user-friendly manner. This study (1) summarizes the feedback of dozens of technologists, manuscript experts, and curators obtained through survey data and workshop focus groups; (2) provides a “state of the field” report which assesses the current tools available and their limitations; and, (3) outlines principles to help guide future development. The authors in particular emphasize the importance of producing tool-independent data, fostering intellectual “trading zones” between technologists, scholars, librarians, and curators, utilizing a code base with an active community of users, and re-conceptualizing tool-creation as a collaborative form of humanistic intellectual labor.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.