Early Reading Database announced at Johns Hopkins

Exciting news from Johns Hopkins’s Sheridan Library in cooperation with Princeton University Library and University College London’s Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL)  in this press release about a database of early reading, to be called “Exploring the Archeology of Reading.” This project is potentially big:

By treating marginal annotations as large sets of data that can be mined and analyzed systematically in an electronic environment, the project team will create a corpus of important and representative annotated texts with searchable transcriptions and translations in order to begin to compare and fully analyze early modern reading by a number of dedicated Renaissance readers and annotators. …. The initial phase of the project will focus on the transcription and translation of a select number of heavily annotated books, and the allied adaptation of the open-access Shared Canvas viewer to maximize user interaction with these complex, composite early modern texts through a publicly available website.”

Congratulations to Earle Havens, Lisa Jardine, and Tony Grafton, and thanks to Mellon for its generosity in getting such a project into production. (h/t Exlibris)

By Paul Romaine

Paul Romaine is a grant writer and independent curator in New York City.

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