Manchester Digital Collections. Digital collections as a tool for research and teaching in the humanities

Sonia Favi's picture
October 28, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, World History / Studies, Humanities

Dear colleagues, 

I am pleased to invite you to the lecture titled "Manchester Digital Collections. Digital collections as a tool for research and teaching in the humanities" which will take place on October 28th, 2021 at 4-5 PM (CET), at the following Zoom link:

This event was organized by Daniela Moro (Department of Humanities of Università degli Studi di Torino) and Sonia Favi  (former Marie 
Skłodowska Curie Fellow at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library of the University of Manchester) in collaboration with the John Rylands Research Institute and Library. 

It will provide an introduction to Manchester Digital Collections, the University of Manchester’s new digital content platform for library and museum special collections. In our presentation, we will provide an overview of the development of this powerful resource, a demo of some of its features, a consideration of its potential for application in research and teaching, and our future plans. Our speakers are all closely involved with the management of the platform, and will each provide a different perspective on it, from research to curatorial and technical: they include Dr Guyda Armstrong, Senior Lecturer in Italian and Scientific and Digital Lead for the John Rylands Research Institute and Library, who directed the MDC project from its inception; Jane Gallagher, Head of Digital Special Collections and Services; Julianne Simpson, Collections and Discovery Manager; and Charlotte Hoare, MDC Digital Content Coordinator.  

Established in 2020, MDC is reaching out across the University to garner content that reflects the diversity of the organisation, the cultural assets it holds in trust and the research it delivers. It is a growing resource for exploring, viewing and manipulating ultra-high quality images, with a parallel display of text, audio, and even video content. The University of Manchester, through MDC, is opening its doors to the digital world. 


Speakers’ bio

Guyda Armstrong

Guyda is an early modern literary scholar who works at the intersection of book history, information design, and languages. As Faculty Digital Humanities Lead she directed the Manchester Digital Collections project, and is responsible for developing new digital and computational approaches for research across the Rylands collections.

Jane Gallagher

Jane is Head of Digital Special Collections and Services and leads the development of policies and programmes for advanced imaging, digitisation and Special Collections digital platforms. She has curatorial responsibility for religious printed collections from 1500 onwards.  

Charlotte Hoare

Charlotte is MDC Digital Content Coordinator and manages the integration of new collections into MDC, coordinating processes for imaging, metadata creation and import of researcher-generated content. She liaises between Library colleagues, project leads in research projects and the University’s cultural institutions, to ensure that the creation and ingest of content is managed efficiently and that images and metadata adhere to agreed standards.

Julianne Simpson

Julianne is Collections and Discovery Manager and provides strategic leadership for the development, care, management and discovery of the Library's outstanding Special Collections. She has curatorial responsibility for foreign language and literature printed collections, incunabula, history of science, technology and medicine, and East Asian printed collections.



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