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.


With support from the Mellon Foundation, SSHRC, and at the University of Toronto, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Office of the Vice President, Research, UTM, and the Jackman Humanities Institute, we are involved in several digital humanities initiatives including:

Digital Tools for Manuscript Study. University of Toronto Libraries, 2015-2018. Click here for the press release.

Matthew Parker’s Printed Books. University of Toronto Libraries, 2015. https://oldbooksnewscience.library.utoronto.ca/users/login 

John Stow’s Books. University of Toronto Libraries, 2015. https://oldbooksnewscience.library.utoronto.ca/users/login 

With Daniel Wakelin, “Codicology” – a study for the Cotton Nero A.x Project.

For guest login and password to access these projects, email Research Administrator, laura.mitchell@utoronto.ca.


The presentation here was created by a member of our team – Alexandra Bolintineanu, a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies at UofT. 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 a Mellon funded project, Parker’s Scribes: Evidence from Parker’s Printed Books. H/t to Leslie Barnes, Digital Scholarship Librarian at UofT Libraries, Laura Mitchell, Research Administrator, and Andrew Dunning, Researcher and Technologist for expert advice and assistance.

As of 13 April 2015, this presentation is still a draft: corrections and a full bibliography are forthcoming.