MIA Beta Testing
We have been working on the development of MIA (the Medici Interactive Archive) for several months.
We are approaching the beta launch (limited external testing) and are looking for volunteers to help us test the site before it goes live publically.
What is MIA?
MIA is the Medici Interactive Archive, a platform enabling the virtual reconstruction of the entire Medici archive. It will total over 15 million documents including not just letters but also, inventories of art, catalogues of books, architectural plans, administrative papers, and literary works.
MIA will provide a platform for scholars to research, collaborate and publish their discoveries, enabling the complete digital recreation and re-formation of the archive through collective sourcing of images.
It will enable live transcription and annotation, discussion related to specific documents, collaboration through case studies and the re-formation of parts of the archive that were dismembered in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It will also be entirely searchable, speeding up research routes through the archive.
What does being a beta tester involve?
Being a beta tester means that you get early access to MIA to use for your research and in exchange, we ask you to look for problems, inconsistencies, errors and provide us with feedback on them.
What does this mean?
This means you will be uploading documents, adding meta-data to existing and new records, searching the database, collating items, messaging other community members and above all spotting any problems you have with the system and providing us with feedback on it – particularly on things that need to improve.
Why is this important?
We want MIA to be as user-friendly as possible when we launch MIA publically. Your feedback on the site will help us make it better for Renaissance and Early Modern scholars everywhere.
What skills do I need?
You must have a scholarly interest in and be familiar with the Medici archive (this includes having attended the paleography and archival studies course at MAP).
You should be comfortable with using digital tools to aid your research.
It will be of greater ongoing benefit to you if you already use/ need to use the Medici archive for your research – the documents you upload/ changes you make will be live and remain visible in the final live site.
How will I know what to do?
We will provide a guide to the site to help you navigate it and look out for issues and inconsistencies.
The site is designed to be intuitive so the guide will provide structure to the test and allow you to sign off modules but will not be a detailed step-by-step manual – although this can be provided if desired!
What is the commitment?
We will run beta testing from w/c 4th March – Friday 29th March. As long as you are able to use (and provide feedback on) MIA during this period it will be of help to us.
The site will remain live and you can continue working with it after Friday 29th March. You can also continue to send us feedback. When the site goes live to the wider public, your updates, uploads and changes will still be on the site.
How do I give feedback?
Once you have signed up to a spot on the beta testing panel, we will share the testing guide including how to give feedback with you.
How do I sign up to be a beta tester?
Please email email@example.com. by Friday 1st March and we will share login details and testing guide with you by Monday 4th March.
PLEASE NOTE, THIS IS A VOLUNTARY OPPORTUNITY, BETA USER TESTING IS NOT PAID.