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Byte and The Walters won the 2017 gold Applications and APIs MUSE award for The Walters Ex Libris website, and were asked to present on the project at an international conference for museums in the Dubrovnik, Croatia Best in Heritage conference this month.
Best in Heritage is a conference that brings together award winners from the various world museum awards from all over the world. Our presentation was alongside other storied institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, SFMoma, National Museum Scotland, Cleveland Museum of Art, Textiel Museum, Sichuan Museum and others.
Based on The Walters’ digitized collection and TEI open data format, Byte designed and developed a user-friendly interface for The Walters' digitized manuscript data, making it possible for users to search and browse manuscripts and specific folios, flyleafs and other manuscript parts. We built an interface that made the unique manuscript data at once engaging, searchable and even serendipitous.
The Walters Art Museum, based in Baltimore, MD, holds a world-renowned collection of more than 900 illuminated manuscripts over a thousand-year span. Highlights of the collection include Ethiopian and Byzantine Gospel books, French and Flemish books of hours, and masterpieces from the Safavid, Mughal, and Ottoman Empires.
Learn more about our process, the other award winners, and see the poster (PDF, 14mb) we showed at AAM.