vHMML Reading Room will eventually be the world’s largest online and searchable collection of manuscripts. It’s been a four-year, collaborative effort and while development continues - we're getting ready to go live soon! - we’re also letting researchers take a sneak peek.
HMML's mission is to not only preserve manuscripts collections, but also advance manuscript research and scholarly inquiry. vHMML is unique in many ways, but importantly, it is inclusive of many different cultures, faith traditions and time periods. By far, HMML holds the world's largest collection of resources for the study of manuscript cultures, both east and west. And the new vHMML Reading Room will eventually be the world's largest collection of manuscript images.
Other components of vHMML are already live, including vHMML School, which provides online tutorials in paleography, codicology and manuscript studies; and vHMML Folio, offering highly annotated and transcribed images of manuscript pages from various traditions around the globe and across the ages. See these components at www.vhmml.org. As always, watch our website here for more information as we go live!