Secrets in Craft and Nature in Renaissance France is a digital critical edition from the Making and Knowing Project. It comprises an open access, electronically searchable, and intuitive user-directed online format of the four versions of the manuscript:
- high-definition facsimile images
- diplomatic French transcription
- normalized French transcription
- English translation
The critical apparatus includes multimedia annotations, essay-length analyses of techniques and materials, a glossary of technical terms, and a list of resources for further exploration, such as researcher field notes, paleography tools, the Research and Pedagogy Template, and the principles guiding the Project’s translation and reconstruction decisions.
Columbia University Libraries has committed to hosting and sustaining the digital critical edition and the Project’s data. This required that the critical edition be built on a limited technology stack using the most durable formats that allow migration and conversion of all digital assets in response to changing technologies. The Project’s data is open access, thus available to be reconfigured and repurposed for new and experimental applications beyond the scope of the Project itself, including advanced data visualization, textual analysis, and further historical, technical, and material research.
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