Universities worldwide are hosting Transcribathon events in an effort to digitize
thousands of early modern manuscripts. On Wednesday September 14 th the
Humanities Institute and the Folger Shakespeare Library hosted this semester’s
first “Transcribathon.” Over thirty UConn students and faculty came together in
the Great Hall of the Alumni Center and collaborated to transcribe and digitize
original manuscripts from the Age of Shakespeare.
Transcribers learn how to interpret the handwriting and abbreviations used in
early modern writing on the spot, and then encode their findings into Dromio, a
crowd-sourcing tool developed by the Folger Institutue. Dromio allows multiple
transcribers to enter their transcriptions simultaneously. The program then
compiles the entries and highlights discrepancies. The finished product is a fully
digitized version of an original early modern manuscript, ready for publication.
This project will continue throughout the academic year. Students can sign
up and learn how to read original documents of the English Renaissance. They
can also gain a publishing credit on the completed editions of the manuscripts.
If you are a medievalist or early modernist, this project may be for you.
Please contact Hilary Bogert-Winkler (Department of History hilary.bogert-
firstname.lastname@example.org) or George Moore (English Department
email@example.com) for information on how to participate.
For more information on the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) Project: