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Rheagan Martin Learns a New Transcribing Technology

This summer Rheagan Martin (History of Art) traveled to Venice, Italy, to consult early printed books in the collections of the Fondazione Giorigo Cini and the Fondazione Querini Stampalia. He attended a week-long workshop in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, organized through the Herzog August Bibliothek and Friedrich-Alexander Universität. This course taught an international standard for transcribing manuscripts known as TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) within a digital framework known as XML (Extensible Markup Language). This allows manuscripts to be transcribed and searched digitally not just as text but as recognizable values such as makers or geographic locations. The workshop was a great opportunity to continue to develop the German-language skills for which he used MEMS funding last summer and to advance his interest in digital humanities as it relates to manuscript studies.