Early Modernism and Multimedia

Brittain Fellow Diane Jakacki’s book chapter, “The Roman de la rose in Text and Image: A Multimedia Research and Teaching Tool” (co-authored with Christine McWebb) has just been published in Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture (Brent Nelson and Melissa Terras, eds. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2012).

This chapter presents the early development stages of the imageMAT image annotation tool project for which Diane is the interface designer. The project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ministry of Research and Innovation of Ontario. It is currently in beta testing and should be ready for launch in early 2013.

Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture argues that digital technologies are changing the way in which history and its associated artifacts are analyzed. It provides examples of leading research projects by historians who are using strategies including text encoding, digitization, and visualization. Diane is part of an international group of scholars whose research demonstrates various ways in which digital tools and techniques change our understanding of the past.

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