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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL 61801-3620)
Mara R. Wade (Project Director: July 2012 to present)

Emblematica Online II

The digitization and indexing of 100 books containing approximately 8,000 emblems from the early modern period (1531-1750) along with the metadata enrichment of 244 additional emblem books, all of which would be combined in the online portal Emblematica Online.

The early modern emblem (1531-1750), a bimedial genre and a vehicle of cultural expression in the Renaissance, conveyed complex ideas in a compact and compelling format. The study of emblems informs multiple academic disciplines. Early modern printed emblem books are geographically widely spread. This proposal will create an Emblematica Online virtual collection to provide Renaissance scholars with integrated, multi-granular access to a large representative corpus of digital surrogates for emblem resources that are otherwise only available at geographically dispersed locations. The virtual collection will expand the digitized emblem literary corpus, index it, and make it available through a single point of access. It will also enrich their cataloging and indexing. To achieve digital archiving and preservation, additional workflows for capturing content and metadata will be developed and community agreements will be extended to encompass the interoperability.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$280,000 (approved)
$280,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 11/30/2015