Natalie Rothman is the principal investigator in Serai, a free and open online collaboratory for scholarship on encounters across ethnolinguistic and religious divides from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern period, bringing together researchers and students across institutions, disciplines, and linguistic specializations. As an ongoing project, Serai aims to serve as a virtual meeting place, seminar room, library, directory, and laboratory. Thanks to its flexible platform, it is already home to several unique datasets based on individual members' evolving research. At the same time, Serai also invites researchers and students across institutions, disciplines, and linguistic specializations to develop more collaborative research practices and scholarly communication that can help overcome the growing isolation of academic practice. To that aim, it leverages existing and purpose-built Open Source software to provide the technical infrastructure for producing, exchanging, editing, and annotating in real time new resources in a variety of digital formats and for a range of publics and purposes.
The project, hosted by the University of Toronto Scarborough, involves several doctoral students in the History Department (Stephanie Cavanaugh, Mehmet Kuru, and Ted Adamo) two alumnae (Dr. Alexandra Guerson and Dr. Sarah Loose), and several IT specialists and undergraduate students at the University of Toronto Scarborough. It has been funded through the generous support of UTSC and the government of Ontario, and is supported by IITS and the Digital Scholarship Unit at UTSC.
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