Transcribathon at UVa

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Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) is sponsoring a transcribathon at the University of Virginia (UVa) in Charlottesville on Wednesday, March 18th from 12-7 pm in Alderman 421 (Scholar's Lab, large classroom).

UVa Transcribathon Poster

Come lend a hand with one of the Folger Shakespeare Library's new and exciting digital humanities endeavors, their Early Modern Manuscripts Online database (EMMO).

Come learn about paleography, the study of old handwriting, and try out our user-friendly software tools as you transcribe the Renaissance! Beginners and experts welcome - Folger staff and UVa graduate students will be on hand to assist in all aspects of creating semi-diplomatic transcriptions; mini races will run throughout the day with prizes awarded!

Come investigate a selection of the Folger's sixteenth and seventeenth century documents, including poetical miscellanies, letters, and Edmund Spenser's View of the Present State of Ireland.

Stop in to try a few words and learn about the process, or get cozy with a whole document!

At 12 pm, bring your lunch and eat our snacks while listening to Dr. Heather Wolfe, Curator of Manuscripts for the Folger, give a talk on

"Why Manuscripts Matter: an introduction to early modern manuscripts online"

Hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library, and in partnership with Rare Book School, the event supports the first phase of the Folger's online manuscript database, EMMO, gathering transcriptions in order to create a corpus that will then be vetted for accuracy and encoded. Funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, EMMO will eventually include thousands of pages of the Folger's manuscripts in an online database that will make the collection accessible and searchable.