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Dispatches from Capitol Hill: #4, or What is transcription, really?

Evolving from our discussions of XML and TEI on Monday, during Tuesday’s session the EMDA Institute we moved to a consideration of what it would actually mean to be in charge of projects geared towards the production of such XML documents. Using Heather Wolfe’s idea of an “Early Modern Manuscripts Online” (and the grant to fund the production of such a beast), our group moved through a sort of thought experiment on what a project would entail, from the ground up. In other words, what does it take to produce a useful (and, possibly, accurate) model of early modern manuscripts? What needs to happen behind the scenes to ensure that such a resource is usable by scholars, students, and the like?

To ground our inquiry, we were presented with a group of manuscripts, collected by Heather Wolfe, to transcribe and begin encoding using any schema or tagset we felt appropriate–not following TEI standards, in other words. Drawing from this group of digitized manuscripts in Luna, the Folger’s digital workspace, Scott Trudell and I began to work with a single page of a single document:

Folger Manuscript in Luna; V.a.281, 1v || 2r

Folger Manuscript in Luna; V.a.281, 1v || 2r

(See the document in Luna here)

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Dispatches from Capitol Hill: #1

As I posted above, I’m here in hot & muggy Washington DC for Early Modern Digital Agendas, an NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities. Writing on lunch break on the second day, reflecting on the first.

The initial hours of the institute can fairly be summed up with one word: orientation. As a new reader at the Folger Shakespeare Library, I had to have myself photographed, fill out forms, learn how to use the (seemingly innocuous but quite complicated) combination locks in the cloak room, learn my way around the maze of multiple levels, how to request books, etc and so on.

The group–a list of whom you can find here–started off with a consideration of Turner-prize winning artist Grayson Perry’s multimodal art project The Vanity of Small Differences. Continue Reading


Early Modern Digital Agendas

For the next three weeks (8-26 July) I will be attending Early Modern Digital Agendas, an Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities taking place under the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities. As the Directors’ “Dear Colleague” letter shows, these three weeks promise to be a sustained, productive discussion about how the digital turn in the academy is changing the field of early modern studies–or perhaps how it should be changing it. Hosted by the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Institute (in its words) “seeks to create a forum in which participants can historicize, theorize, and critically evaluate current and future digital tools and approaches.” I’m pretty excited to get my first ever Folger Reader’s Card and dive right in to talking about the intersections of early modern studies, computational methods, and how we “do” literary & cultural studies. Continue Reading