VisigothicPal at the 2017 Meeting of the MAA

VisigothicPal will be at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, which will take place at the University of Toronto in a joined effort with the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies during the first week of April.

This time I will discuss the benefits of using VisigothicPal in comparison with traditional palaeographical methods to study Visigothic script manuscripts. All welcome!!

“Traditional Palaeography vs. Digital Palaeography: ViGOTHIC and VisigothicPal”

Abstract: How could the application of Digital Tools to the palaeographical analysis of sources benefit the researcher in dating and localising sources? How could it help in identifying manuscript samples from the same hand or from the same source? Digital Palaeography as a field is still in its infancy; the research teams involved on the topic still developing and testing software to better merge computer techniques and traditional palaeographical analysis. They are experimenting with a vast range of manuscript sources from different periods and geographical contexts as well as with a myriad of programming languages. But, how do these digital tools change the results to be obtained in analysing manuscripts?
In this paper, I will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of the implementation of digital tools to Palaeography through a case study: ‘VisigothicPal’. ‘VisigothicPal’ is the digital counterpart of ‘ViGOTHIC’, a Marie Curie funded project oriented towards the development of a digital database of Visigothic script scribes to help date and localise manuscript sources written in this written system. This project intends to compare the results obtained by applying the traditional palaeographical method with those resulting from the replication of the analysis by adding the software ‘DigiPal’, developed by the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. This talk is aimed at exposing which results could have only been obtained through the incorporation of the software, discussing their cultural significance, and how they change or must change our approach to manuscript sources in the Digital Age.

You can take a look at my report on the topic here.

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