Collecting and Collections: Digital Lives and Afterlives

Starts: 14 November 2019 at 09:45

Ends: 15 November 2019 at 17.00

Location: The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


This workshop concerning the afterlives, use and reconstruction of early modern collections is designed to benefit scholars interested in digital humanities.

Two specimens of the Bird-of-Paradise by T Cole (1712) RS-10238
Two specimens of the Bird-of-Paradise by T Cole (1712)


We will explore digital approaches to survey collections over time, assisted by the Royal Society-Google Cultural Institute partnership. How can we data-mine and use tools to integrate extant databases? How did the norms of early modern academies, of scientific journal publication, priority of discovery and ‘matters of fact’ shape the organisation of knowledge? How do we consider those early modern models in digital reconstructions of early collecting?

This workshop is organised by Collective Wisdom.

Collective Wisdom is funded by a networking grant award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and project partners include the Royal Society, the Leopoldina, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Francke Foundation, the University of Lincoln and the University of Oregon.

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