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04 December 2013
MoEML then (2001) and now (2013)!
13 November 2013
Tye Landels wins
awards and Sarah Milligan returns to MoEML (Again!)
MoEML would like to congratulate research assistant Tye Landels for receiving two awards at the UVic English Department’s November Convocation and Awards reception yesterday. Tye is the recipient of the "Ralph Barbour Burry Memorial Scholarship" and the "Edgar Ferrar Corbet Scholarship" both of which acknowledge excellence in English studies by a student in their third year. Well done, Tye!
We would also like to welcome Sarah Milligan back to the MoEML team. Sarah’s encoding experience and sharp editorial eye will come in handy as we tidy our site content in the run up to the launch of our newly designed website. It’s good to have you back, Sarah!
4 November 2013
joins Stow encoding team
MoEML would like to welcome research assistant Meredith Holmes (no relation to Martin Holmes, our lead programmer) to the team. She joins senior encoder, Nathan Phillips, as part of the Stow encoding team, and has already been doing good work tracking down biographical details of the many and often obscure people mentioned in Stow’s The Survey of London.
Meredith hails from Edmonton where she completed a BA in English at Concordia University College of Alberta. Due to her interests in medieval and early modern literature and history, she has decided on a MEMS (Medieval and Early Modern Studies) concentration for her MA here at UVic. In her spare time, Meredith plays classical piano and trombone, scrapbooks, and paints porcelain. A lesser known fact about Meredith: back at home, she’s got her own kiln in her basement!
Welcome to the team, Meredith.
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24 October 2013
Radical Truths and
Over two months without a news post attests to a radical truth: we at MoEML have been busy. With the new season have come many changes, including the planned launch of our new and improved website, updated content, and a personnel shift.
We’ve sadly sent our talented team members Quinn MacDonald, Telka Duxbury, Sarah Milligan, and Patrick Close into free agency (Quinn, Telka, and Sarah were quickly snapped up by our partner project, the Internet Shakespeare Editions, and Patrick by the Maker Lab), and have brought in a ringer from Concordia: Meredith Holmes. We wish our departed members the best of luck on their research, and thank them for the top-shelf work that they all contributed to MoEML. Our new lean and mean team of researchers and encoders is comprised of Zaqir Virani, Nathan Phillips, Tye Landels, and Meredith.
We move forward this fall with the achievement of some important project milestones. We will see our new and improved MoEML website launched, offering improved navigability and a whole new look. In addition, the Mayoral Pageant Blitz of the summer will update our site content with a comprehensive array of marked-up mayoral pageants, set to be released with the new site.
We’ll be sure to give you notice of our launch dates closer to the time.
26 July 2013
MoEML bids a sad farewell to Encoder and RA Cameron Butt, who is starting an MA in Experimental Digital Media at the University of Waterloo in September. He and fellow UVic English graduate Brittany Vis start their cross-Canada odyssey tomorrow. Cameron came to MoEML in May 2012, with an interest in XML. He quickly appointed himself "Copyeditor in Chief," having studied copyediting with Susan Doyle in the UVic Professional Writing Program.
Since then, Cameron has mastered TEI, studied XSLT transformations at DHSI, reorganized our existing documentation, written new documentation, been instrumental in developing the forthcoming new look and structure of our project, and helped with project management. One of his final responsibilities has been to train the new team in TEI and to develop teaching materials for future workshops. We’ll miss his energetic commitment to both the "big picture" and the details of encoding, as well as his occasionally vigorous challenges to MoEML practices and assumptions. Best of luck in your future studies and projects, Cameron, from everyone at MoEML and HCMC!
21 July 2013
In Fall 2012, Janelle Jenstad purchased a copy of the 1633 edition of The Survey of London, in which playwright Anthony Munday, book collector and antiquarian Humphrey Dyson, and others continued and expanded Stow’s work. Acting on a tip from MoEML Editorial Board member Brett Hirsch, Janelle purchased the folio volume from an upstate New York bookseller who had purchased the volume from a New York collector. After a nail-biting bidding skirmish on eBay, the volume was on its way to Victoria. The volume shows some signs of foxing, and the front cover is missing. However, the rest of the binding (spine and back cover) dates from the seventeenth-century. We have donated the volume to the University of Victoria Special Collections. The volume will be conserved by Lorraine Butler at Meadland Bindery later this year. Meanwhile, the Digitisation Unit at UVic has scanned and processed 909 page images for us to use in our forthcoming versioned edition of the 1598, 1603, 1618, and 1633 Survey. We’re grateful to Kathy Mercer and her team for their excellent work!
There are two printings of The Survey dated 1633. Only the one with the title page listing Elizabeth Purslowe as the printer was actually printed in 1633 (STC 23345). A later edition, falsely dated 1633 but probably dating from some time between 1640 and 1657 (when bookseller Nicholas Bourne died), does not list the printer’s name on the title page (STC 23345.5 / Wing S5773A). As you can see from the title page below, we have secured the 1633 printing.
19 July 2013
Janelle Jenstad and Martin Holmes give a second paper at DH2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Read the slightly out-of-date abstract for
Encoding Historical Dates Correctly: Is it Practical and Is It Worth It?Our slides are posted at SlideShare. Our supportive listeners seem to agree that it is indeed practical and worthwhile to encode historical dates using all the capacities of the Text Encoding Initiative.
Our co-authors are Nathan Phillips, Sarah Milligan, and Cameron Butt. Although Nathan and Sarah are not listed in the program, they made major contributions to our work on encoding dates in Stow in the months between the acceptance of our abstract and our presentation of the paper. Thanks for your commitment to
telling the truthin encoding historical dates!
17 July 2013
DH2013 in Lincoln,
10 July 2013
Lead Programmer Martin Holmes introduced his new CodeSharing API at the Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School 2013, via an address entitled
CodeSharing: A Simple API for Disseminating our TEI Encoding.
MoEML is proud to be the test case for Martin’s API, which was inspired in part by our quest to discover how other projects were using the TEI to encode historical dates. Since encoding is a critical practice involving many global and local decisions about the nature of a text, projects need to be able to cite other’s tagging practices to contextualize and justify their own encoding practices. This API, running on our project and other projects, would increase by many orders of magnitude the number of examples available for study, comparison, and citation. If you want to know how, how often, and in what context MoEML uses any TEI element, attribute, or attribute value, search the CodeSharing service running on MoEML. We ourselves also find the service helpful in training our RAs and in searching for (and correcting) lingering bits of legacy code. In conjunction with project documentation, this tool is a powerful help in achieving high encoding standards across a large project.
Abstract for Martin’s paper at Oxford:
Although the TEI Guidelines are full of helpful examples, and other initiatives such as TEI By Example have made great progress in providing more access to samples of text-encoding to help beginners get started, there is no doubt that one of the biggest obstacles to encoders at many levels is finding out how other scholars and projects have chosen to encode a particular feature or use a specific tag or attribute. Many projects now share their XML code, but that in itself is only marginally helpful; it can take substantial time to sift through the XML code in a large project to find what you’re looking for. At the same time, many other projects do not provide any access to their XML encoding. This talk presents a simple specification for an Application Programming Interface, along with a sample implementation written in XQuery and designed for the eXist XML database, providing straightforward access both for applications and end-users to sample code from any TEI project. The API is modelled on the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), a mechanism designed to allow archival search tools to ingest metadata from repositories.The slides are also available.
Click here to read Martin’s documentation for
The CodeSharing Protocol for TEI MarkupVersion 1.0.
8 July 2013
MoEML at the Folger for EMDA
5 July 2013
Lead Mouse Away and Cool
11 June 2013
At the weekly team meeting, Nathan Phillips delivers a brilliant presentation about Stow’s conventions for referring to places. Another collaborative conference paper is born. Later, Tye Landels wows everyone with an ingenious tool that pulls data from spreadsheets and plugs them into perfectly encoded Personography entries.
10 June 2013
1618 Stow Comes to
Janelle Jenstad acquires a copy of the 1618 Survey on loan from an anonymous book collector, who has agreed to have it digitized at MoEML.
29 May 2013
Encoder Cameron Butt starts building the infrastructure of MoEML’s digital facsimile edition of the 1633 Survey.
29 May 2013
After lengthy debate, we decided to deprecate "fict" and "myth" as values for the
@typeattribute we use to distinguish types of people in our Personography. We’ve merged mythical and fictional people into what we’ll now call literary figures. From now on, we’ll tag allegorical, mythological, biblical, and dramatic characters in PERS1.xml with:
<persName type="lit"></persName>One of the challenges of building a prosopography is developing an ontology of meaningful categories that are granular enough to allow for the distinctions one might wish to query yet not so granular that an item falls into more than one category. An additional challenge for us is that our prosopography (unlike that of most other projects) includes real people and literary characters. Over the years, we’ve had many amusing debates about whether a character in a mayoral show or play should be categorized as mythical, allegorical, or biblical. But the literary critics who use our texts will make those highly interpretive decisions if they want to. Meanwhile, we will introduce some new
@typevalues to create further distinctions between various types of historical people.
23 May 2013
Our First Look at the
Encoder Nathan Phillips uploads a preliminary version of Stow’s 1598 Survey. After nearly nine months of transcribing and tagging, Nathan is understandably pleased to see what the XML file looks like when processed and rendered on-screen. The new edition is another step closer to its completion!
22 May 2013
The MoEML team launches its
Mayoral Blitz,a summer-long pageant encoding frenzy designed to regularize existing pageant transcriptions in addition to adding new ones.
2 May 2013
Early Modern Boot Camp
MoEML hosts an open TEI workshop as part of the training program for the new recruits. Janelle shows Tye, Quinn, and Patrick Stow’s Annales of England.
29 April 2013
Summer Roll/Role Call
Kim McLean-Fiander (MoEML Research Fellow) and Janelle Jenstad (Project Director) are very pleased with the team we’ve hired for Summer 2013.
Cameron Butt continues on as Chief Encoder until the end of July. He’ll be training Tye Landels as his long-term replacement.
Nathan Phillips becomes our senior Graduate Research Assistant, continuing his work on John Stow’s A Survey of London and training Patrick Close in the dark arts of encoding antiquarian texts.
Zaqir Virani and Quinn MacDonald will work on the mayoral pageants and other library texts, as well as managing our social media. Zaqir will also be working with the HCMC’s Greg Newton to move our map platform into OpenLayers.
Telka Duxbury will be uploading the digital images of our 1633 The Survey of London into our database and adding the metadata for each page.
Sarah Milligan, who just finished the last page of her part of Stow (congrats!), will be undertaking some rare book research for us at the Folger Shakespeare Library in July.
Welcome (back) everyone! We’re excited about working with you in the next phase of MoEML’s development.
19 April 2013
28 June 2012
MoEML invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship. Click here for details. Closing date: 2012-07-17.
24 May 2012
Draper, Mayor, and SSHRC
18 May 2012
7 May 2012
Come On In, Cameron
Cameron Butt, BA Honours student in English (University of Victoria), joins MoEML as an Encoder for Summer 2012.
7 May 2012
Starting With Sarah
Sarah Milligan, MA student in English (University of Victoria), joins MoEML as a Graduate Research Assistant for Summer 2012.
4 May 2012
Michael Stevens, MA student in English (University of Victoria), joins MoEML as a Graduate Research Assistant for Summer 2012.
3 May 2012
Wonderful news! We’ve received a large SSHRC Insight Grant for four years of funding. We’ll be able to hire a post-doc and a number of graduate and undergraduate research assistants, who will work to complete a new edition of the map, a complete edition of Stow’s Survey of London, a geo-edition of the mayoral shows, a rich library of literary texts, and many more encyclopedia pages. Janelle Jenstad is the Principal Investigator. Martin Holmes and Stewart Arneil of the HCMC are Co-Applicants on the grant. We are making our proposal "Summary" and "Expected Outcomes" publicly available here.