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24 July 2014
New Blog Post by Sarah Milligan, on
Marking Up Stow’s Survey of London
A year ago, project alumna Sarah Milligan was ensconced in the Folger Shakespeare Library reading room, poring over a heavily marginated copy of John Stow’s A Survey of London (1598 edition). Today, we publish her blog post reflecting on the experience of moving from EEBO to the material book. Sarah tentatively identifies the second marginator of the book as John Gibbon, a London-born herald who lived from 1629-1718. Sarah identifies with Gibbon. They both performed extensive mark-up of this text, Gibbon with a quill pen and Sarah with an XML editing program.
20 June 2014
Introducing the First Digital Gazetteer of Early Modern London!
We are very proud to announce the launch of the MoEML Gazetteer of Early Modern London, conceived by Project Director, Janelle Jenstad, and Programmer, Martin Holmes. To the best of our knowledge, until now there has been no authority list for placenames in early modern London. After years of researching and tagging London toponyms (i.e., placenames) from a wide range of texts, we have in our database tens of thousands of instances of placenames. We’ve been able to repurpose that data to build an easy-to-use online gazetteer.
20 May 2014
MoEML Successes & Farewells
MoEML would like to extend hearty congratulations to Graduate Research Assistants, Zaqir Virani and Nathan Phillips, who successfully defended their M.A. theses in English at the University of Victoria recently. Zaqir has already high-tailed it to Vancouver to pursue work, and Nathan will be zooming off to Brown University this autumn to begin his Ph.D. Well done, masters, both of you!
We would also like to wish Research Assistant Meredith Holmes all the best as she wraps up her work for the project and heads into the second year of her M.A. program in English, and to Research Assistant Sarah Milligan who is departing in order to start a new and exciting phase of her life. We are all a bit envious of Sarah who will soon be jetting off to none other than London, England! We hope, as she walks the city’s streets, wards, and neighbourhoods, she will keep her expert eye open to any residue of the early modern city and send us occasional reports and pictures.
MoEML Director Janelle Jenstad, Programmer Martin Holmes, and Assistant Director Kim McLean-Fiander regularly comment on how fortunate we have been with our crackerjack team of RAs. They have allowed the project to grow by leaps and bounds in the past year, contributing in countless ways--from encoding mayoral shows and Stow’s Survey of London to showcasing the project via social media and at various public events, such as UVic’s Ideafest.
To our outgoing RAs: We will miss your ever-thoughtful and lively contributions to the project. Good-bye and good luck, all of you!
2 May 2014
MoEML at SAA in St Louis
The Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) held its 42nd annual meeting in St Louis, Missouri from April 9-12th this year, and MoEML participated in a number of different ways.
MoEML Director Janelle Jenstad and Assistant Director Kim McLean-Fiander showcased the project alongside an array of other interesting digital early modern projects, including UVic’s Internet Shakespeare Editions, in the first ever SAA Digital Room.
Conference participants also had the opportunity to learn about the ISE and MoEML and the interoperability between these two projects during the three-day Book Fair. We were delighted to discover just how many Shakespeareans and early modernists already use MoEML in the classroom and to learn that many of them are keen to participate in our Pedaogogical Partnership when they teach their next Shakespeare class. (Thanks to all those who staffed the Book Fair table and spread the good word about both projects!}
Janelle also had the chance to talk about the place of playhouses in MoEML and about our new Gazetteer during a Saturday afternoon panel session entitled Theater and Neighborhood in Early Modern London.
It was not all work, though. Kim and Janelle managed to squeeze in an hour to ride in one of the tiny pod cars to the top of the famous St Louis Gateway Arch, where they got spectacular views of the city and the great Mississippi River.
23 April 2014
Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare!
MoEML just couldn’t resist joining in on all the celebrations of William Shakespeare this week. The Bard is believed to have been born (in 1564) on April 23rd and to have died on the same day some 52 years later in 1616. (We don’t actually know his precise birthdate, but we do know that he was baptised on April 26th and that, in the early modern period, baptisms typically took place within the first few days after birth. Also, it’s traditional to celebrate his birth on the 23rd because that happens to be St George’s Day in England!)
Shakespeare had connections to a number of neighbourhoods, streets, and playhouses in early modern London, including Southwark, Silver Street, The Blackfriars’ Theatre, and The Globe Theatre. Research suggests that his Romeo & Juliet and Henry V were performed at The Curtain Theatre in the Shoreditch area of the city, for example.
MoEML will soon be publishing a new encyclopedia article on The Curtain that has been collaboratively written by our pedagogical partner, Kate McPherson, and her Shakespeare class at Utah Valley University. Assistant Project Director Kim McLean-Fiander recently had the pleasure to observe (via Skype) Kate’s class presenting their end-of-term findings, and was impressed by the excellent research the students had conducted on the neighbourhood, architecture, theatre companies, literary significance, playwrights, and archaeology of the playhouse. It was heartening to learn just how valuable MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership has been both in teaching the students effective research skills and in instilling in them a genuine sense of enthusiasm about Shakespeare and early modern London.
We’ll let you know when their work has been posted to the site. In the meantime, you can get back to feasting on all the Shakespeareana in the news right now, including the supposed recent discovery of The Bard’s personally annotated copy of an early modern dictionary, Alvearie, or Quadruple Dictionarie, and the Folger Shakespeare Library’s measured response to this announcement.
Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!
8 April 2014
RA Tye Landels Wins Prestigious 3M Award
The MoEML project leaders are delighted to announce that RA and encoder Tye Landels, a third-year student in the UVic English Honours program and current President of the English Students Association, has won one of ten 2014 3M National Student Fellowships. These prestigious, highly competitive awards
honour undergraduate students in Canada who have demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and who embrace a vision where the quality of their educational experience can be enhanced in academia and beyond.It’s a great honour for UVic and the English Department to have one of our own students win this award. Tye will receive his award in June at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference in Kingston.
Tye was nominated by Janelle Jenstad (MoEML Director). For the application, Tye wrote short essays on
Challenges in Post-Secondary Education,and
Transformational Educational Experiences.His application was warmly supported by Lisa Surridge (Professor of English), Martin Holmes (Programmer in HCMC), Evan Reed-Armstrong (a recent graduate from the English Honours program), and Jan Heinrichs (recently retired Music Director at Stelly’s Secondary School in Saanichton, BC). Tye’s application was one of four selected by the VPAC to go forward to the Canada-wide competition.
The STLHE / SAPES website summarizes Tye’s application thus:
Tye defines leadership as a community action, arising out of a community setting with communitarian aims. He regards himself as both a leader and a citizen in a variety of diverse communities. As president of the University of Victoria’s English Students’ Association, Tye has led numerous initiatives to foster interconnectedness, fairness, and opportunity among his department’s diverse undergraduate student body. As an encoder and research assistant for Dr. Janelle Jenstad’s Map of Early Modern London (MoEML), a renowned digital encyclopedia, Tye has led a groundbreaking initiative to disseminate the project’s technical instructions, methods, and workflow practices to digital humanists worldwide. Moreover, as a student with physical disabilities, Tye challenges ableist stereotypes and asserts the value of accessibility and inclusion in the undergraduate classroom.
Tye’s firm belief in the values of equality, self-actualization, democracy, and accessibility unites and guides his many efforts as a community leader. He identifies and intervenes when he sees these values threatened, unrealized, or underdeveloped in his communities. In this vein, Tye advocates for reforming the institutions and ideologies that isolate and oppress many undergraduate students on Canadian campuses. He believes that undergraduates can rejuvenate institutions of higher learning and transform their local and global communities.
4 April 2014
MoEML Team @ RSA in NYC
MoEML history was made at the Renaissance Society of America annual conference in New York City from March 27-29th when project alumnus Cameron Butt (now an MA student at the University of Waterloo) presented on the same RSA panel as Project Director Janelle Jenstad. Cameron’s paper was called
Geography, Performance, Technology, and Spectatorship in The Merry Wives of Windsor.Janelle co-presented a paper with Diane Jakacki of Bucknell University called
Mapping Toponyms in Early Modern Plays with MoEML and the ISE.RSA audience members were not only impressed with the interoperability between these two projects, but also very excited to learn about the recent development of the MoEML Gazetteer.
Assistant Project Director, Kim McLean-Fiander, was also at the RSA this year. She presented on her own British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project called Women’s Early Modern Letters Online (WEMLO), a finding aid and editorial interface for women’s letters from c. 1400-1700, that she co-directs with James Daybell of Plymouth University.
Kim, Janelle, Diane, and Cameron all presented for the
New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studiespanels that were co-organized by Diane, Laura Estill (another MoEML alumna), and Michael Ullyot, the RSA’s new Electronic Media Chair.
27 February 2014
New Blog Post on the Launch of MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project!
MoEML is thrilled to announce that our pilot Pedagogical Partnership Project (PPP)—an innovative model for teachers, student researchers, and digital humanities projects—is now up and running.
To learn more about this exciting new venture, read the latest blog by Assistant Project Director, Kim McLean-Fiander.
17 February 2014
To Blog or Not to Blog
10 February 2014
MoEML presents at virtual poster session!
On January 6th, 2014, MoEML research assistants Nathan Phillips and Tye Landels presented the latest version (v.5) of MoEML at a virtual poster session organized by the Electronic Textual Cultures Laboratory (ETCL) at the University of Victoria. Nathan and Tye delivered a two-minute presentation on MoEML’s
four projects in oneand, afterwards, discussed and demonstrated the project to digital humanists from the University and Victoria and beyond. Notable attendees included Lisa Spiro (Rice University) and Vivian Lewis (McMaster University), who were visiting UVic as part of their Mellon-funded study in
Knowledge & Skill Capacity for Digital Scholarship.For more information about this study, please visit the project webpage.
14 January 2014
The new year means a new map for MoEML!
Happy New Year from the MoEML team! We are looking forward to a productive 2014 that will include a new, zoomable hi-resolution version of the Agas map.
Digital images of the seven separate sheets that comprise the map are currently being stitched together by programmer Greg Newton. We will be redrawing all the streets, sites, and boundaries in SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and will be launching it in an OpenLayers platform to provide maximum interactivity and drawing capabilities to our users. Our edition of the map will include critical materials about the genre, accuracy, provenance, preservation, and subsequent adaptations of the map.
In the coming months, we will be blogging about the wide range of intellectual questions which are arising from this fascinating process of creating an ideal map. Watch this space!
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.
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.
13 May 2011
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