The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University, in Collegeville, Minnesota, has received a grant to create vHMML, “an online environment for manuscript studies.” From the announcement:
vHMML will consist of six closely-linked, interoperable, and mutually-reinforcing online components:
1. School: instructional material in various formats for teaching the paleography and codicology for languages/cultures represented in HMML’s collections (Latin, Syriac, Ge‘ez, Christian Arabic, Armenian);
2. Scriptorium: a sophisticated collaborative workspace able to support a variety of manuscript-related projects using manuscript images from HMML’s collection and imported from other sources, and providing tools for studying their form and content;
3. Lexicon: a crowd-sourced glossary for manuscript studies inclusive of western and non-western manuscripts;
4. Folio Collection: thickly-described sample manuscript folios from HMML’s collections, supplemented by images supplied by other institutions or individuals, which will illustrate the chronological and regional development of writing styles;
5. Library: other HMML digital resources supportive of manuscript study such as classic works on paleography, manuscript catalogs, and videos;
6. Blog: a central point for communication and feedback gathering about vHMML.
It looks like a really good project to me, and I’m excited to see it when it’s done!