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Burns Antiphoner an Interactive Open Access Resource

September 20, 2016

The Digital Scholarship Group at Boston College Libraries and Dr. Michael Noone are proud to introduce Burns Antiphoner, an interactive open access resource.

Using an early 14th-century Franciscan antiphoner from the collections of Boston College's Burns Library, this digital research presents and contextualizes a medieval liturgical manuscript anew for both scholarly and general audiences. Employing open source technologies to create structured data and encode over 1500 incipits and notation in JSON and MEI/XML format, music notation, metadata, performances and textual incipits can be queried and viewed through a searchable interface using the Diva.js viewer. The website includes scholarly essays about the manuscript written by Dr. Graeme Skinner (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney) as well as videos of several performances from short sections of the manuscript by Schola Antiqua (dir. Juan Carlos Asensio Palacios), recorded in the Primate Cathedral of  St. Mary of Toledo, Spain. It received the support of an Academic Technology Innovation Grant at Boston College (2015 – 2017). Read more about this project in the Fall 2016 issue of the Boston College Library Newsletter.

Burns Antiphoner title page

Anna Kijas
Digital Scholarship Librarian, Boston College Libraries