Under the direction of Alexandra Gillespie, the Old Books New Science (OBNS) Lab brings together undergraduate research assistants, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and technologists with interests in digital scholarship, digital text editing, computational approaches to humanities research, and new media; medieval book history (manuscript and print); and medieval literary studies – especially work on form, affect, historical phenomenology, and theories of perception and cognition.


The presentation here was created by a member of our team – Laura Mitchell, the project manager for the Digital Tools for Manuscript Study project, with assistance from Alexandra Bolintineanu, assistant professor in Medieval Digital Studies, at the University of Toronto. It gives an overview of both the larger questions that interest us in our digital scholarship  – around the openness, discoverability, usability, interoperability and sustainability of digital data – and the specific ways that we have approached these questions when executing our SSHRC and Mellon funded projects.