coloniaLab is an experimental workshop for the collaborative electronic edition of manuscript and rare print texts related to colonial Latin America. coloniaLab seeks to produce high–quality textual scholarship, pose theoretical and practical questions related to the edition of colonial–era texts, and develop strategies for preparing a new generation of Humanities scholars to engage with the complex textual history of Latin America.
coloniaLab currently has three active projects: an interactive edition of a seventeenth–century Spanish bibliography of books about the Indies, an documentary variorum edition of an eighteenth–century text dealing with Spanish expeditions to present–day British Columbia, and an digital archive of key documents related to a late seventeenth–century English expedition to Chile.
coloniaLab engages students and alumni in hands–on Digital Humanities research within the context of directed independent studies and paid/unpaid internships.
Not pictured: Saraah Cooper (Computer Science, formerly of UNF, currently enrolled at University of Maryland University College); Joseph Fricks (History); Kyle Morgan (graduate student in History); John Pello Wasko (Psychology/Sociology); and Nya Smith (Information Science). All are transcribers/TEI–XML encoders.
coloniaLab projects currently involve manuscripts and other rare materials held in the collections of the following institutions: Archives du Ministère des Affaires Étrangères (La Courneuve, France), Archivo General de las Indias (Seville), Archivo General de la Nación (Mexico City), Archivo Histórico Nacional (Madrid), Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid), The Bodleian Library (Oxford), The British Library (London), The Hispanic Society of America (New York City), The John Carter Brown Library (Providence), The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), The National Archives (London), The Newberry Library (Chicago), and The Royal Society (London).
Projects being carried out by coloniaLab have benefited from the advice and assistance of Isaias Lerner (1932–2013), Lía Schwartz and Raquel Chang–Rodríguez (The Graduate Center of The City University of New York); John O’Neill (Hispanic Society of America); Andy Jewell and Amanda Gailey (Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska–Lincoln); The Certificate Program in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy at The Graduate Center (CUNY); Laurie Taylor and James Cusick (University of Florida Smathers Libraries); Miller Krause (Western Washington University); Hannah Alpert-Abrams (UT–Austin); Jeff Druin (University of Tulsa); Steven Olsen–Smith (Boise State University); Carl Stahmer (University of California, Davis), Tom Harper (British Library); Lauren VanNest (Newberry Library); Kate Godfrey (USF St. Petersburg); and Aurora Díez-Canedo (Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México); as well as the following units at UNF: Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT); Information Technology Services; the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; the Thomas G. Carpenter Library; Human Resources; and Enrollment Services.
In 2016, Clayton McCarl was awarded a Faculty Fellowship from the UNF College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council in support of “Editing the Compendio histórico (1799): Towards a Model for Student Collaboration in the Creation of Digital Editions,” a project related to his work with coloniaLab.