The Newberry Library Colloquium

Manuscript Imaging and Research Outsourcing in the Florentine Archives Using the Bía Platform
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Brian Sandberg, Associate Professor of History, Northern Illinois University

The Bía Platform of the Medici Archive Project offers Renaissance scholars new approaches to digital humanities research. This online platform presents high-resolution digitized manuscript documents and a searchable interface to the massive Mediceo del Principato collection at the Archivio di Stato di Firenze. The Bía platform functions as a search engine to the papers of the Medici family and their princely state of Ducal and Granducal Tuscany. Brian Sandberg will introduce the platform’s applications, including its use in the Medici Archive Project’s new crowd sourcing approach to collaborative research.

The Newberry Library Colloquium is a weekly gathering of Newberry staff members, fellows, scholars-in-residence, and readers on Wednesday afternoon. Refreshments are available at 3:30 pm and an informal presentation begins at 4 pm, followed by discussion. The talks are varied, but all relate to the Newberry collections in some way. Speakers may describe a current research project, highlight a particular collection, or discuss one of the Library’s many ongoing or special programs. The Colloquium is open to the public and no reservations are required.

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