T-PEN: Early Modern MS Transcription Tool

James Ginther has just published a post on T-PEN, the newest (and I think coolest) manuscript transcription tool out there:


The direct link to the new tool :http://t-pen.org/TPEN/

I might try to teach freshman comp with this tool and would love to hear of other research or pedagogical applications!

-Rebecca Shores


Tools like this make me excited to do transcriptions of my own archival docs, but you're right that they are great tools for teaching. I imagine for students it is doubly great to work with manuscript docs + emerging technology - we demonstrate in the classroom that scholarly work isn't stuck in the 16th c.


I've been using T-PEN for a while now—I heard a presentation by James Ginther about it at the Medieval Academy Conference back in March, and I've rarely heard an audience give more appreciative "oohs" and "aahs" about a presentation! Even people who were not terribly sold on the idea of using technology for their research were won over by the possibilities.

I have to say that the crowd-sourced/group-collaborative aspects of the program are some of the most excitign for me. This semester, some of my medievalist colleagues and I have been using it to transcribe charters in an informal Latin/French palaeography reading group. We've found that it's a huge help which makes the process both physically faster--not just because I can type faster than I can write at this point, but because when we project the image of the charter up on a large projector screen, it seems to encourage us to reach out and trace letter forms, to get as "close" to the document as we can even though the original might be thousands of miles away.