Learn about our projects

The foundation develops research and public engagement projects in the humanities and social sciences using digital technologies. Although we are open to developing projects on a broad range of subjects, periods and places, we specialise on projects employing digital humanities tools for the study of the history of the Spanish empire in America, and especially the early New Kingdom of Granada. We are currently carrying out the following digitisation, research, and public outreach projects:

Digitisation

Neogranadina’s flagship project is the digitisation of Colombia’s historical manuscripts and early printed books, and the creation of a digital archive and a digital library to share them with everyone around the world for free. To do this, we build scanners specifically designed to digitise historical archives and we have been granted the right to use the most advanced virtual platform developed to date for the display of digitised manuscripts. Our first digitisation projects are well under way, and we are testing our digital platforms. At the moment, we are running digitisation projects at the following institutions:

1. Archivo Central del Cauca, Popayán (ACC)

The ACC is the principal repository of historical documents in south-western Colombia, with a collection ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries. We are currently carrying out a pilot project to digitise the Cabildo section and incorporate it into our digital archive.

2. Biblioteca del Colegio de Misiones, Popayán (BCM)

The BCM is one of the most important collections of early-modern books to survive in Latin America. It contains some 4000 volumes, the earliest of which date from the 15th century, and ranging from scientific tracts to artistic manuals, with an emphasis on ecclesiastical subjects. The library belonged to the Missionary College of the Franciscan order in Popayán until 1864, and has since been held by the Universidad del Cauca. We have begun to digitise the library, which we will publish in the Biblioteca Neogranadina.

3. Archivo Histórico Regional de Boyacá, Tunja (AHRB)

The AHRB contains one of the most important collections of documents for the history of the Northern Andes. Neogranadina is digitising several of its collections, including notarial records dating from as far back as 1540. It holds a broad range of documents, including royal decrees, bulls, probanzas, wills, public deeds and judicial records.

Research and public engagement

1. Digital edition of the Recopilación de leyes de los reinos de las indias (1680)

http://www.recopilacion.org

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This project is a collaborative effort by researchers from different universities around the world interested in the political and legal history of the Spanish monarchy, concerned with transcribing and publishing online the first edition of the Recopilación de leyes de los reinos de las indias (1680). The digital edition will interlink related material and include a discussion forum, to enable researchers to engage with this material in new and different ways.

Participants:
  • Juan Fernando Cobo Betancourt, University of Cambridge (coordinator)
  • Santiago Muñoz Arbeláez, Yale University (coordinator)
  • Juan Carlos Orellana, University of Texas at Austin
  • Santiago Paredes Cisneros, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá)
  • Masaki Sato, University of Tokyo
  • Natalie Skorupska, University of Cambridge
  • Maria José Afanador-Llach, University of Texas at Austin

 

2. Cartography of the New Kingdom of Granada

This project uses the geographic information system (GIS) tools and and other cartographical software to visualise the creation of imperial geographies in northern South America.

  • Santiago Muñoz Arbeláez, Yale University (coordinator)
  • Juan Fernando Cobo Betancourt, University of Cambridge

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