2012 Aug 29: Scott Schofield on Proximate Notetaking

Proximate Notetaking: Past Practices and Future Possibilities
Dr. Scott Schofield, Implementing New Knowledge Environments

Wednesday, August 29th, 1:30-2:30; Arts 1007, University of Saskatchewan

How should early modern reading practices inform the way we annotate in digital environments, and how might an understanding of the Renaissance page change the modeling of interface design? To ask these questions requires we study closely the visual field of early modern books, and, in particular, the white spaces of the page, for it is there that we see readers at work. Looking to these spaces we often find readers shaping and placing annotations where they please, and not simply responding and commenting where they are told. This short paper will survey a range of manuscript annotations found in early modern books to consider the implications—graphical, archival, mnemonic— of proximate notetaking and how such practices might inform the way we prototype digital tools and the reading environments in which they are employed.

Supported by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity and the Humanities and Fine Arts Digital Research Centre, U of S