The Last Days of DigiPal: DigiPal Publications

As we approach the end of the project, I've been spending some time looking back over it and what we've managed to achieve. I have to say that I've been very happy with it, thanks very much to an extremely effective project team (which has also been a real pleasure to work with). Although the website has naturally been the focus, this is only one part of what we have been doing. As explained under Project Outcomes, the DigiPal project always had three different, though interconnected, components:

  1. The general framework which can be applied to a range of different scripts and contexts (including, now, decoration).
  2. The application of that framework to the test-case of eleventh-century English vernacular minuscule. That is the site you're looking at now.
  3. A series of publications, reflecting on and analysing the material from (1) and (2) above.

It has always been clear to us that data is valuable – essential, even – but that it is a means and not an end, and so a key goal of the project was always to demonstrate how this website can be used in practice for 'real' palaeographical analysis. After all, if we on the team can't do this then who can? Well, I'm happy to say that we have been very productive in this field. The full list of publications is available from the Publications page, but in summary, in addition to the software, data and documentation, at the time of writing we have also produced: 

  • One monograph, on English vernacular minuscule.
  • One edited collection (currently in the final stages of preparation) on digital approaches to palaeography.
  • UPDATE: Eight peer-reviewed articles or chapters in books.
  • Eight working papers, short articles, posters or reports.
  • Nine videos of conference papers or lectures.
  • Thirty blog posts discussing various aspects of digital methods in palaeography.
  • Eighty-seven short announcements of news from the world of palaeography. 

Please do have a look at the full list of publications and let us know what you think. In the meantime, my personal thanks goes again to the project team and to the ERC for allowing so much to get done.


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