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Please “watch” our race against time starting on Wednesday, November 18, 9:30 EST by following our progress on Twitter at #DamoiselleSapience.

A Relay Race to Submission

Transcribing the Pelerinage de Damoiselle Sapience is part of the 13th Annual (Virtual) Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. Over the course of the three-day conference, participants will create a scholarly micro-edition of Le Pelerinage de Damoiselle Sapience, a previously unedited French-language text that survives in f. 86r-95v of UPenn MS Codex 660.

One man passes a baton to another in  a footrace.

Images of the text in the manuscript have been uploaded to the transcription platform FromThePage and are available to those who sign up for the event. Three teams will work together to complete the edition; the first will transcribe the text from the manuscript, the second will review the transcriptions for errors and consistency, and the third will provide final editorial sign off. In the last stage, the editorial team will also prepare the text for submission to the journal Digital Medievalist. We will kick off the event with a 15-20 minute orientation meeting at 9:00 AM EST on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 via Zoom (link sent to participants).

Team Transcription

Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

Day 1: Team Transcription will start off on Day 1 of the conference. Each member will be tasked with transcribing 1 folio of the manuscript and contributing to the crowdsourced “transcription statement” that maps out the rules of the edition, as the manuscript dictates. They will pass off to Team Revision.

Team Revision

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Day 2: Team Revision will take the baton on Day 2 of the conference. Each member will be tasked with reviewing 1 folio of the manuscript and finalizing the crowdsourced “transcription statement” that maps out the rules of the edition, then passing the project on to Team Submission.

Team Submission



Image courtesy of Digital Medievalist

Day 3: Team Submission will anchor the race on Day 3 of the conference. Each member will be tasked with following the rules of the transcription statement to give final editorial sign off, then preparing the edition according to the submission standards put forth in the Digital Medievalist journal. 


The text will be accompanied by a small introduction describing the model of collaborative transcription and scholarly editing accomplished at the conference. The success of our effort will be decided by the journal editors, who can accept or reject our submission as they see fit.

Questions? Contact Laura Morreale at lmorreale3@gmail.com


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