Mission

Digital Scriptorium (DS) is a consortium of American libraries and museums committed to providing cross-institutional digital access to their collections of premodern manuscripts.

Vision:
To enhance access and appreciation of historically significant but often understudied manuscript materials.

Goals:
To fulfill our mission, DS commits to

  • building a digital national union catalog for global premodern manuscripts in North America based on Linked Open Data technologies and practices;
  • promoting best practices for manuscript description in the digital age;
  • facilitate research that provides answers, provoke questions, and invite collaboration;
  • create a community of scholars, librarians, curators, and other citizen-scholars for the purpose of sharing the scholarship and expertise of the collections, the academy, and cultural heritage communities;
  • support open access to works in the public domain; and
  • support and facilitate the digitization of member institutions’ collections.

DS is a 501c3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. We are grateful to VLAA for pro-bono advice regarding governance and financial management.