Digital Codex Mendoza online | Digital Humanities: Works in Progress
Ernesto Miranda, a former student on the MA in Digital Humanities here at DDH, has just published a digital edition of the Codex Mendoza,
a sixteenth-century manuscript that is now one of our most
important sources for pre-Hispanic culture in Mexico. The project began
life as an assignment for one of his MA modules, ‘Material Culture of the Book’,
for which students had to plan how they would digitise a book or set of
books. After graduating, Ernesto took his plan to Mexico’s National
Institute of Anthropology and History, the Bodleian Library in Oxford,
University of California Press, and King’s College London, and convinced
them all to help him actually do it.
The edition is now freely available both online and as an app on the iTunes store, and has already been featured in the New York Times (among others). It allows you not only to view the pages of this famous and fascinating manuscript, but also to see in situ transcriptions, translations and supplementary material. See, for instance, this page on daily life (drag your mouse over the image to see the translation), or this one with annotations on territorial expansion.