Free Medieval Manuscripts! Digitizing The Archimedes Palimpsest and Making Open Data

Noel Event Possibility 2Wednesday, March 27, 12:00 p.m.
UC 310
William Noel, Director of Penn Libraries’ Special Collections Center and Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Free Medieval Manuscripts! Digitizing The Archimedes Palimpsest and Making Open Data

Sponsored by the Department of English

This lecture concerns a fifteen year project to conserve, image, transcribe and publish a thirteenth century manuscript known as the Archimedes Palimpsest. The Archimedes Palimpsest contains unique texts from the ancient world, including some by the great Greek mathematician. These texts were erased in the Middle Ages, and only the most advanced technologies have recently brought them back to light. A landmark project in the digital humanities, all the transcriptions and Images were released under a creative commons license, for anyone to do with exactly as they would wish.

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