Unicorn: Toward Enhanced Understanding of Virtual Manuscripts on the Grid

Unicorn: Toward Enhanced Understanding of Virtual Manuscripts on the Grid

I-CHASS, in collaboration with Illinois’ Program in Medieval Studies and NCSA, has been working with the University of Sheffield’s Department of French and Humanities Research Institute, and the University of York’s Center for Medieval Studies, to digitize and study fifteenth-century manuscripts. The goal of this transatlantic collaboration is two-fold: to understand the production and consumption of books and their place in late medieval culture; and to make the manuscripts available for research and teaching as a model project on the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) grid. I-CHASS and NCSA are developing a toolkit to enhance and complement resources developed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-funded Pegasus project to create a robust cyberenvironment that supports the study of virtual manuscripts and other high-resolution images. The tools and methodologies generated by the project will serve as an example interdisciplinary research agenda for collaborative digital humanities scholarship.