On Monday 13 December, Anna attended a Digital Humanities Day at Sheffield Hallam University: ‘Beyond the Facsimile: Rich Models of Late Medieval and Early Modern Texts’. It was an opportunity for those concerned with the use of advanced digital surrogates (whether as creators or as readers) to discuss the state of the art in the creation of electronic versions of texts used by scholars in the humanities; the advantages / disadvantages of particular technologies for going beyond the facsimile eg. 3D modelling vs advanced textual coding; the kinds of questions that cannot currently be answered by the digital surrogates we have, and how best to produce surrogates that suit our needs.
There were also several case studies of various digitisation projects, including their achievements and the lessons learnt. For more information please see the full report : Beyond the Facsimile.