Tweeting the Second Symposium

The Second DigiPal Symposium on Thursday, on the topic of 'Digital Approaches to Medieval Script and Image', was extremely successful, so very many thanks to everyone involved including the speakers, chairs, King's College London, the University of Westminster, and the European Research Council. We had twelve papers from speakers from the UK, Europe and the United States, and seventy-five people in the audience which lead to some lively discussion and useful contacts. In addition, however, the Symposium was covered very closely on Twitter, which you can see if you search for the #digipal hashtag. There were many contributions and comments, including (among others):

  • Andrew Prescott (Professor of Digital Humanities at King's College London: @ajprescott)
  • Elaine Treharne (Professor, Dept. English at Stanford: @ETreharne)
  • Erik Kwakkel (Leiden University: @erik_kwakkel)
  • Orietta Da Rold (University of Leicester: @orietta_darold)
  • Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts at the British Library (@blmedieval)

As usual, there were also contributions from others who were not there in person, including:

  • Will Noel (Special Collections and Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania: @WillNoel)
  • Gabriel Bodard (Dept. of Digital Humanities, King's College London: @palaeofuturist)
  • Dot Porter (Digital Library Program, Indiana University: @leoba)

Of course this is only a small selection, so have a look at the tweet stream yourself before it disappears. The biggest news on the Tweet stream was the announcement from the British Library that low-resolution images would be freely available for reuse; at the time of writing @erik_kwakkel's reporting of this has been retweeted sixty-one times and listed as 'favourite' by nineteen people:

Ben Brumfield asked about recording the sessions:

The answer, I'm sorry to say, is no: we didn't think about that, but it's certainly something to keep in mind. It is something to think about next year, though. We will certainly be publishing some of the papers, too, and indeed the volume from the First DigiPal Symposium is now well under way.

I think my favourite tweet, though, goes to Mike Jones in Melbourne:

I'm sorry to have kept you up, Mike, but I'm glad you enjoyed it, and perhaps we will see you in London next year?

In the end, though, I repeat our own tweet from @digipalproject to sum up my thoughts:

I'm already looking forward to next year's Symposium, but in the meantime, we'll see you on Twitter!


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