Johns Hopkins University has been a driving force in the integration of traditional humanities methods of inquiry and the emerging technologies of the digital age. This encompasses both tried and tested methodologies in new digital formats, as well as innovative means of answering humanities questions and even the inception of new kinds of research. From enabling the comparative study of multiple versions of medieval illuminated manuscripts via high-definition online searchable web platforms like the Roman de la Rose Project, to founding and editing the online journal Digital Philology, to hosting meetings of the world’s leading scholars of new media at the Center for Advanced Media Studies, JHU faculty continue to be at the forefront of this exciting field.
The Archaeology of Reading is an international collaboration among the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at UCL, and the Princeton University Library, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project will reformulate scattered volumes within a curated collection of digitized early modern books annotated by Gabriel Harvey and John Dee, offering users a range of opportunities to explore and mine their notes for data, match up marginalia from one book to related notes found in another, create links to other book citations, and reconstruct reading strategies.
The Center for Advanced Media Studies’ core function is to promote research on media theory and practice (both traditional and new) in hopes of discerning media’s relation to the human experience and advancing the expanding field of media studies.
Digital Philology reveals alternative modes of contact for medieval scholars, librarians, and archivists specializing in medieval studies and medieval texts, made possible by the emergence of digital resources and by engagement with the digital humanities. The journal includes scholarly essays, manuscript studies, and reviews of relevant resources such as websites, digital projects, and books.
The Roman de la Rose Digital Library is a joint project of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF). The creation of this resource and the digitization of manuscripts from the BnF was made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The goal of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library is to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the 13th-century poem Roman de la Rose.