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“How Can You Love a Work If You Don’t Know It?”: Six Lessons from Team MARKUP

Team MARKUP, a group of graduate students working with the Shelley-Godwin Archive, evolved as a encoding project in Professor and MITH Director Neil Fraistat’s Technoromanticism graduate seminar (English 738T) during the Spring 2012 term at the University of Maryland; our team was augmented by several students in the sister course taught by Professor Andrew Stauffer at the University of Virginia. . . . Continue Reading

Names of the Game

For the past six to seven months I have been leading the way for developing what we hope will be the first full blooded Foreign Literatures in America (FLA) archive based on receptions of Russian authors. While Peter Mallios has given Foreign Literatures in America its initial intellectual impetus, during the day to day research and archiving I have encountered innumerable small points of inquiry, seemingly mundane at first but then suddenly realized as potent obstacles to our research goals. . . . Continue Reading

Looking Back and Looking Ahead: Interedition Symposium 2012

Why do informal hackathons matter in the Digital Humanities community? I argue that the answer can be found by reading the (soon to be written and released) proceedings of the Interedition Symposium: Scholarly Digital Editions, Tools and Infrastructure. Joris Van Zundert, a member of the Huygens Institut in The Hague, Netherlands, played host to over 40 scholars, researchers, and programmers this past March. . . . Continue Reading

Designing Applications for Extensibility and Reuse

Underlying all of the scholarly work in a digital humanities project is the digital, something that tends to be swept under the rug along with managing a DH center. I want to spend a little time today talking about how we are approaching the technical side of some of our DH projects, namely how we are designing our JavaScript libraries. . . . Continue Reading

Archives and Algorithms: Thinking about Encoding Digital Scholarly Editions

Over the past several weeks since my first blog post about researching digital scholarly editions, I have begun to consider how I could apply the lessons learned from my literature review to a digital scholarly edition of Katherine Anne Porter’s correspondence. As I draft several key pieces of documentation for such an edition—a name authority index and gazetteer and a TEI keying specification—I find myself preoccupied with thoughts about the relationship between textual creativity and technology, between the language of literature and the language of encoding, metaphor and algorithm. . . . Continue Reading

OCR, XML, Topic Modeling, and Braille Accessibility: Coming Soon Thanks to the NEH!

MITH is delighted to announce four awards from the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities Start Up Grant Competition:

Active OCR: Tightening the Loop in Human Computing for OCR Correction, led by Assistant Director Travis Brown, received a Level 2 start up award in the amount of $41,906.

ActiveOCR proposes a proof-of-concept application that will experiment with the use of active learning and other iterative techniques for the correction of eighteenth-century texts provided by the HathiTrust Digital Library and the 2,231 ECCO text transcriptions released into the public domain by Gale and distributed by the Text Creation Partnership (TCP) and 18thConnect. . . . Continue Reading

The Black Gotham Digital Archive: The Draft Riots of July 1863

View of Vandewater Street

I found this note in the Harry A. Williamson Papers at the Schomburg Center while doing research for Black Gotham.  It’s a central document in my “cluster” on the New York City draft riots and uncovers a fascinating story.  The first part of the story relates to Williamson’s identity.  He turns out to be the grandson of Albro Lyons, the man to whom the note is addressed.  . . . Continue Reading

MITH Associate Director Participating in “Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities” Workshop

This week I will be one of the participants at a three-day workshop on “Knowledge Organization and Data Modeling in the Humanities” co-sponsored by the Centre for Digital Editions at the University of Würzburg and the Brown University Center for Digital Scholarship, and hosted by Brown. The workshop was organized by Julia Flanders (Brown University) and Fotis Jannidis (University of Würzburg) and is being supported through generous funding from the DFG/NEH Bilateral Digital Humanities Program. . . . Continue Reading

My Dissertation in the Year 2112

I am defending my dissertation this semester. When I have successfully completed this task, I will be required by the University of Maryland to submit a copy of it to be held in perpetuity by the university’s library system. In fact, just about anyone who has written a Ph.D. dissertation, a Master’s thesis, or even an undergraduate honors thesis at an institution of higher learning in the last century and a half has been required to do the same. . . . Continue Reading

Into the Electronic Reading Room: Stewarding Digital Scholarly Editions

The “editor-narrator” of an electronic text “must also become an editor-narrator-librarian of the fluid text ‘reading room’ wherein all full texts of all versions of a work are stored…Editors need to create a text lab [that]…would allow users to search texts, collate versions, assemble variants, craft concordances, and make editions.”

–John Bryant, The Fluid Text: A Theory of Revision and Editing for Book and Screen, 161

This spring, I am delighted to have the opportunity to explore the many roles of the editor-narrator-librarian in this visionary digital “reading room.” Under the guidance of MITH Associate Director Trevor Muñoz, University of Maryland Libraries’ Manager of Digital Stewardship Jennie Anne Levine Knies, Curator of Literary Manuscripts Emerita Beth Alvarez, and University of Texas at Austin iSchool Assistant Professor (and former MITH Program Associate) Tanya Clement, I am researching best practices and emerging trends in the creation of digital scholarly editions of manuscripts and the roles that the scholar and the host institution—the library, archive, or digital humanities center—play in the creation of such editions. . . . Continue Reading