The Paris Bible Project aims to understand the production and diffusion of medieval Latin Bibles in Europe. A Paris Bible, also known as a Parisian Bible, is a format of Bible that is standardized in the 13th century and spreads as a model through Europe.
NYU Abu Dhabi has digital research projects across campus in photography, sound, literature, history and Gulf Studies, arguably one of the stronger concentrations of digital humanities research among research universities in the Middle East region. Its Center for Digital Scholarship was established in 2013 to partner with faculty and funded research projects. A professor in digital humanities was hired in 2016 and a Winter Institute in Digital Humanities was founded by Wrisley and Russell, head of the Center for Digital Scholarship in early 2020 to foster and grow digital humanities community building, for NYUAD, the NYU network and for regional audiences.
It was in the context of the preparations for the Winter Institute that the two project Co-Directors met for the first time. Sharing a mutual interest in medieval manuscripts and digital humanities, they took the opportunity of the already digitised manuscripts in public institutions to develop this project in applied computer vision.