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The Medici Archive Project - Launch and Presentation of New BIA Digital Platform
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When: 11/27/2012
10:00 AM
Contact: Elena Brizio
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Time: Tuesday, 27 November 2012, 10am-noon Place: Auditorium of the Archivio di Stato di Firenze, Viale della Giovine Italia, 6

Please join us for the launch of the Medici Archive Project’s BIA digital interactive platform, an innovative digital humanities resource developed with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and in collaboration with the Archivio di Stato diFirenze and the Direzione generale per gli archivi.

The Medici Granducal Archival Collection (Mediceo del Principato)—among the most exhaustive and complete court archives of early modern Europe—is one of the most frequently consulted collections at the Archivio di Stato di Firenze. Over the past fifteen years, the Medici Archive Project has been using computing technologies to facilitate scholarly research on this collection. With BIA’s launch, the Medici Archive Project will double its online text content and it will inaugurate a new digital imaging function by putting online 120,000 digitized documents—a number that will continue to grow. Additionally, BIA will enable community sourcing with new applications for online manuscript transcription and its online forums for scholarly discussion. Scholars anywhere in the world will now transcribe, edit, and comment on archival material in the database, collaborating in real time and making use of the forums to share expertise and knowledge.

Program 10:00 Greetings and Commencement Presentations Carla Zarrilli (Director, Archivio di Stato, Florence) Sarah Craddock Morrison (US Consul General, Florence) Rossana Rummo (Director, Direzione generale degli archivi, Rome) Alessio Assonitis (Director, The Medici Archive Project, Florence) 10:30 Demonstration of the BIA Digital Platform Lorenzo Allori (Director of Technology, The Medici Archive Project) 11:00 Respondents Francesca Klein (Head of the Sala di Studio, Archivio di Stato, Florence) Francesco Martelli (Head of the Medici collections, Archivio di Stato, Florence) Andrew Prescott (Professor of Digital Humanities, King's College London) Andrea Zorzi (Professor of Medieval History, Università degli Studi di Firenze) 11:30 Discussion 12:00 Light Lunch

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