Presentation: Medievalists' Use of Digital Resources and the Development of MESA

To best support UF needs for digital humanities and digital scholarship concerns, I try to keep up with what other places are doing and how they’re doing it. As part of that, I subscribed to the  Digital Library Brown Bag series email list for Indiana University’s Digital Library Program , and the upcoming brown bag (in person and online) looks of great interest for Medievalists. Information on how to view the brown bag online, and how to subscribe to the email list for news on these brown bags is below.
Also, in case anyone is interested in seeing what UF is doing and how, our Digital Humanities Working Group email list is also open for anyone to subscribe.

Medievalists’ Use of Digital Resources and the Development of MESA
Dot Porter, Associate Director for Digital Library Content and Services
Digital Library Program
Wells Library, Room E174
The Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) is a federated international community of scholars, project, institutions, and organizations engaged in digital scholarship within the field of medieval studies. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MESA seeks both to provide a community for those engaged in digital medieval studies and to meet emerging needs of this community, including making recommendations on technological and scholarly standards for electronic scholarship, the aggregation of data, and the ability to discover and repurpose this data.
This presentation will focus on the discovery aspect of MESA, and how it might serve the non-digital medievalist who may nevertheless be interested in finding and using digital resources. Starting with a history of medievalists and their interactions with digital technology as told through three data sets (the International Congress on Medieval Studies (first held in 1962), (a digital project database in the UK, sponsored by JISC and the Arts & Humanities Research Council), and two surveys, from 2002 and 2011, that looked specifically at medievalists’ use of digital resources), I will draw out some potential issues that this history has for the current developers of digital resources for medievalists, and investigate how MESA might serve to address these issues.
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