Wars of the Roses - Digitization Policy

Due to the fragile nature of the documents that will be digitized in this project, all items will be photographed in house. Depending upon the cost of the cameras purchased by the project, the Wars of the Roses project will have more than one camera and can carry out digitization at more than one repository at a time. The photographs offered to the users of the website will be high-resolution JPEG files. As I am not the copyright owner of these documents, I will not have the authority to send out TIFF files to researchers. This project will merely allow the to see the documents and have access to translations. Especially for researchers who do not have immediate access to these repositories, this site will better enable them to know what documents are worthwhile to their research before taking the trip to view them in person.

Identifiers, which will have been agreed upon at the document selection stage, will be attached to the images after photographing them, such as title, date, language, numbers of pages, and so on in order to establish intellectual control. Documents will be designated by repository name and manuscript number until the agreed upon identifiers can been attached to the images. Most repositories number the manuscripts in their collection, so I will use their system. For example, a manuscript at Eton College is usually represented as such: Eton College MS #, folio #-#. Folios are the page number designations of manuscripts. Following this, more metadata will be attached to the document images once back at the project headquarters.

The photographs will be taken in color, as I feel that it is essential to document preservation and presentation. The vellum and paper have yellowed with age, but the seals and other identifiers written on the documents at the time will lose value if presented in black and white or grayscale. In order to ensure the true color is being captured, each image will be compared with the original manuscript and color scales can be manipulated at that time.

Trained workers who will know what standards to which the images should be and who will be trained in how to handle the fragile manuscripts will digitize the manuscripts. Digitization will be slow, but the utmost care must be taken with these documents and the institutions in which they reside will have strict policies on how the digitization should be carried out.

Below please find an example of a manuscript document to be digitized in the collection. The manuscript is a 1485 Act of Attainder of King Henry VII against Richard, Duke of Gloucester (King Richard III). An Act of Attainder is a Parliamentary procedure by which Parliament passes a judicial sentence on an accused person as if in a court of law. Often, Acts of Attainders were used to confiscate the property of the nobility. In this case, King Henry VII is revoking the lands of Richard, Duke of Gloucester and his cohorts for their treason. While this image cannot be manipulated, a zoom feature will be in place on the website to allow a greater scrutiny of the documents themselves.



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