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Madden studying merchants, maps & manuscripts of late medieval world

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Amanda Madden, Assistant Professor, History and Art History; Director, Geospatial History, received funding for the project: "La sfera (The Globe): A Late Medieval World of Merchants, Maps, & Manuscripts."

In collaboration with the project team, Co-PI Madden, Senior Developer Jason Heppler, and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) propose to design and develop a digital edition of the text, including the user interface and data pipeline. 

The NEH grant will fund the development of a dynamic, interactive digital framework that can integrate, contextualize, make accessible, and sustain a digital edition for the use of scholars and students. 

The digital edition will combine texts, images, and maps that will supplement and contextualize the Italian text and English translation. In addition to the parallel text that enables scrolling through the text, the website will include an editorial introduction, hyperlinked explanatory notes, annotated IIIF manuscript images from a variety of sources, and a georeferenced ArcGIS gazetteer locating the place names in Dati’s work. 

The researchers write, "Our digital edition of La sfera is designed to be extensible so that we may incorporate additional manuscript transcriptions as they are produced either by our pre-existing community of La sfera scholars or by new users who join the scholarly effort."

Over the period of the grant, the RRCHNM commits to help develop, host, and sustain, including maintaining the website on its server for a period of four years past the end of the grant period while accounting for long-term sustainability plans past this period. 

Madden received $48,911 from New College of Florida on a subaward from National Endowment for the Humanities for this project. Funding began in Oct. 2023 and will end in late Sept. 2024.


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