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8 February 2015
How To Guides by Kristen A. Bennett’s Stonehill College Class
MoEML is thrilled to publish a series of
How Toguides written by Kristen A. Bennett’s students as part of their
Subversion and Scandal in Early Modern Print Culturecourse at Stonehill College. These guides include instructions on how to conduct research using Early English Books Online (EEBO), English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), the Folger Digital Image Collection, Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Shakespeare Editions (ISE). The guides are a valuable resource for anyone interested in using these sites, as they take you through the research process step-by-step.
11 December 2015
MoEML Publishes What’s in an Imprint?, the Final Post in Tye Landels’s Series
Georeferencing the Early Modern London Book Trade
What’s in an Imprint?,Tye Landels concludes his series
Georeferencing the Early Modern Book Tradeby presenting the prototypes of his methods for building bibliographic geodata databases of early modern texts. In the process, he highlights the exceptional data mining work of the Shakeosphere team and demonstrates the potential benefits of scholarly collaboration between digital projects. Landels begins the post by describing David Eichmann and Blaine Greteman’s groundbreaking data mining methods for extracting geographic data points form the English Short Title Catalogue for the Shakeosphere project. Eichmann and Greteman generously shared their data with Landels and MoEML and, from this information, Landels created a series of XSLT-generated TEI-XML databases for five categories of bibliographic data extracted from the ESTC: sources, identified stationers, identified locations, relations between locations, and relations between stationers and location. As Landels explains, the fifth database provides a particularly rich resource for geodata about early modern print activities and allows early modern scholars and print historians to
make large-scale queries aboutthat have hitherto been difficult to compile. See Landels’s prototype methods and read more about his processes here.locations of print activity
8 December 2015
MoEML Publishes Tye Landels’s
Georeferencing the Early Modern London Book Trade: 2. Filling the Space in Bibliographies
In his third post,
Filling the Space in Bibliographies,in the series
Georeferencing the Early Modern Book Trade,Tye Landels points to MoEML as one example that answers his provocative question:
How might programmers and encoders design a database that dynamically links data points about material books and stationers with spatial variables?Landels explains how his critical interventions in MoEML’s bibliographic geocoding practices allowed MoEML to capture key geographic data for early modern books. He walks readers through each of the TEI-XML elements used and, in a practice that illustrates Landels’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship, he explains the possible significance of these elements for early modern print historians and geographers. The model Landels offers in this entry sets the stage for his discussion in the final post of his series, which illustrates how print historians and programmers can work together to extract the data needed to populate such information dense bibliographic databases.
4 December 2015
MoEML Announces the Publication of Tye Landels’s
Georeferencing the Early Modern London Book Trade: 1. Theory without Practice
It is high time that programmers, encoders, print historians, and geographers collaborate to develop a database (or series of databases) that geocode(s) the information that already exists in online resources such as the STC and BBTI.So writes Tye Landels in his second post, Theory without Practice in the series for MoEML
Georeferencing the Early Modern Book Trade.In this post, Landels argues that despite the growing interest in early modern studies with
the geography of the book,geographical information in bibliographic data sets remain relatively unstudied by scholars. Landels offers a rich description of this burgeoning field, deftly argues for the need to harvest such geographical data, and posits that an interdisciplinary approach is needed to fully explore questions related to the geography of the early modern book trade. With this post, Landels lays the foundations for his next two installments, which will theorize and suggest a template for a dynamic and searchable database of geographical information in early modern books.
25 November 2015
Announcing New Blog Series:
Georeferencing the Early Modern London Book Trade
MoEML is pleased to publish the introduction to Tye Landels’s series of posts,
Georeferencing the Early Modern Book Trade.In these posts, Landels reflects on the question,
how can book historians use digital tools such as GIS and TEI to analyze spatial data points in bibliographies of early modern London books?This question leads Landels to explore the importance of analyzing the
geography of the book,the structures and languages required to trace such geographies, and the potentials inherent in making this data available and accessible in digital forms. Landels’s interest in these areas inspired him to develop a template for a searchable georeferenced database for early modern books and, in collaboration with Janelle Jenstad and the Shakeosphere team at the University of Iowa (Blaine Greteman and David Eichman), develop a process for extracting geographic information from the imprints of early modern books.
16 September 2015
Thanks, Farewells, and Welcomes
It’s always a bittersweet day when team members move on. On the one hand, MoEML’s training mandate is designed to give students and research affiliates skills they can take to new projects and new challenges in and beyond academia. On the other hand, we miss their friendship and their unique contributions to the MoEML team.
This past summer, we congratulated Kim McLean-Fiander, who has taken up a post in the Department of English at UVic as an Assistant Teaching Professor. Kim joined us in February 2013 as an Early Career Researcher and quickly became Assistant Project Director and then, in January 2015, Associate Project Director. Kim led the charge on our site redesign in 2013, researched and oversaw the editorial emendations to the Agas Map in 2014, and played a key role in our Pedagogical Partnership Project. She’s also been the principal voice you’ve been hearing in our social media posts. She’s made MoEML better in countless ways. In this case, the sadness of saying good-bye is entirely mitigated by the fact that her new office is just down the hall from the MoEML office. Kim has generously agreed to remain on the team as our Director of Pedagogy and Outreach; in this new role, she’ll continue to oversee the Pedagogical Partnership Project and contribute to our social media presence.
Katie Tanigawa has stepped into the breach and taken up the role of Project Manager and Managing Editor. Katie is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of English at UVic. Her research interests include modernism and mapping. She and Alex Christie developed the Z-Axis Project, a very cool tool for warping maps to show the density of literary references. She’s also an experienced encoder who knows her way around the TEI Guidelines. Welcome, Katie T.!
After completing her BA in April, Catriona Duncan took a well earned trip to Europe. She returned to UVic this month as an MA student. We’re glad to have her back for the final stages of encoding the 1598 edition of Stow’s Survey of London and the first stages of encoding the 1633 edition in preparation for versioning the four editions (1598, 1603, 1618, and 1633).
DH student Katie McKenna also returns to help us with the ongoing work of capturing geospatial coordinates for our Placeography entries. In addition, we’ll keep her busy with the next mayoral pageant books in the transcription queue.
Joey Takeda, now entering the final year of his Honours degree, and recent graduate Tye Landels continue to rebuild, rethink, and improve every corner of the site. Tye has recently rewritten the handling for our Personography entries and created a very useful index to our Praxis documentation. In his new role as Junior Programmer, Joey has developed new ways of linking related documents and fixed legacy code throughout the site. Joey and Tye are now working together to implement three new calendars to accommodate the many ways that early modern writers indicated the date in their texts.
13 August 2015
Intern with MoEML
MoEML has been chosen to be part of the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI). The Mitacs GRI is a
competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Vietnamto complete a paid intership in Canada. Mitacs is offering the opportunity for an international student to intern with MoEML at the University of Victoria. The intern will work closely with the MoEML team, researching London locations, acquiring skills in the digital geohumanities, including the TEI dialect of XML and basic GIS skills, as well as robust historical and literary research skills.
For the complete internship description, see our current opportunities. Apply via the Mitacs GRI Student Platform; search for
Geolocatingand click on
Geolocating Shakespeare’s London.
Closing date: 2015-09-24 at 4:00p.m. PDT.
22 July 2015
New Article on the Curtain Playhouse Published
MoEML is happy to announce the publication of a new encyclopedia entry on the Curtain, authored collaboratively by Dr. Kate McPherson’s English 438R class at Utah Valley University via the MoEML Pedagogical Partnership.
London’s second purpose-built playhouse, the Curtain was the venue for a number of early modern playing companies, such as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men and Worcester’s Men. Did you know that
the earliest documented play performed at the theatre was Ben Jonson’s Every Man in his Humor in 1598, with William Shakespeare in the cast? Or that it is most likely the Curtain that was meant by
this wooden Oin Henry V (Shakespeare TLN 14)?
MoEML would like to thank Dr. Kate McPherson and her entire class for their fantastic article!
17 July 2015
Peer-Reviewed Article on
The Sounds of Pageantry by Trudell
MoEML is delighted to publish a new peer-reviewed Encyclopedia Topics article on
The Sounds of Pageantryby Dr. Scott Trudell, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Trudell’s essay offers an introduction to the sounds of early modern pageantry. Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century royal entries and Lord Mayor’s Shows resounded with the piercing blares of trumpets, the clamor of boisterous crowds, the poetry of dramatic performances, and the melodies of virtuosic child singers. Many of the period’s most prominent poets, from George Gascoigne to Thomas Heywood, wrote ornate verses for outdoor pageants, along with printed records outlining the allegorical significance of the events. Yet pageant books are only a starting point for exploring instrumental music, raucous celebrations, explosions of fireworks, and other ephemeral sounds that were not or could not be recorded. This essay traces how diaries, treatises, plays, poems, and livery company account books convey the rich variety of noises that echoed through the streets of London on pageant days.
Trudell’s research and teaching focus on early modern literature, media theory and music. In addition to his current book project about song and mediation from Sidney and Shakespeare to Jonson and Milton, he has research interests in gender studies, digital humanities, pageantry and itinerant theatricality.
31 March 2015
New BlogPost on
Paint Over Print Conference
If you are interested in old maps (and who isn’t?), read Janelle Jenstad’s new blogpost about the recent
Paint Over Printconference held at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania Libraries. The blogpost includes video links to the conference presentations, so you can learn all about hand-coloured books and maps, even if you were unable to attend the conference!
10 March 2015
MoEML Roadshow 2015 Update
MoEML Director, Janelle Jenstad recently returned from the MoEML Roadshow 2015, with stops in Tuscaloosa (AL) and Kingston (ON). Janelle started at the University of Alabama, where she gave a talk on
Building a Digital Gazetteer for Shakespeare’s Londonin the Hudson Strode Lecture Series. She had wonderful conversations with Hudson Strode MA and PhD students over delicious meals, and thoroughly enjoyed southern hospitality.
She also made a classroom visit to our first encoding partner, Jennifer Drouin and her Digital Humanities graduate students. Each student encoded a broadside order or petition. The work they started during the visit continued virtually via live Google Talk Gadget the following week (as depicted in the below figure), when Janelle and Drouin’s class collaboratively encoded a number of short early modern texts that will eventually be published on the MoEML site.
After Alabama, Janelle headed to her old alma mater, Queen’s University in Kingston, as a
Return of the Alumni Triumphantspeaker and as part of their
Demystifying DHspeaker series. She gave two papers,
Research-Based Learning and DH Projects: MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnershipand
What’s in a Placename? Building a Digital Gazetteer of Shakespeare’s London,the latter reprising her Alabama talk. She was introduced in the morning by Emily Murphy, graduate of the University of Victoria and a well known figure at DHSI, and in the afternoon by her former dissertation supervisor, Elizabeth Hanson. Janelle enjoyed her trip down memory lane and over snowbanks in wintery Kingston. Check out the blogpost written by Queen’s PhD student, Erin Weinberg, in which she explains that Janelle’s talk made her think about NPR’s smash-hit investigative journalism podcast, Serial. That’s definitely a first for MoEML!
19 January 2015
MoEML launches Experimental Map Interface (Beta)
MoEML is excited to announce the launch of a beta version of our new hi-resolution, zoomable experimental Agas map interface.
We encourage you to play around with the map and send us feedback on both its function and design so we can improve it before launching it officially later this year. Some of you might like to read the
Instructionsfound on the toolbar menu at the top of the page to orient yourself first. Others might prefer to jump right in and start experimenting!
Here are some things you might like to try, from the most basic to the more complex:
- Using the slider tools on the upper left side of the interface, you can ZOOM IN AND OUT. You can also GRAB AND SLIDE THE MAP around, just as you are accustomed to doing with other map interfaces, such as Google Maps. You can also ROTATE THE MAP, something that might prove handy if you would like to compare the non-geo-rectified streets or features of the Agas map with other, more recent maps.
- Using the gauge on the lower left side of the map interface, you can ADJUST THE MAP’S OPACITY.
- You can turn location categories (such as churches, sites, or streets) off and on (in other words, HIGHLIGHT MAP FEATURES) by ticking the relevant category in the
Location categoriesbox on the upper right side. For example, if you tick the
churchescategory, all the churches on the map will appear highlighted in purple. If you would like to select only certain churches, you can click on the expansion arrow on the right side of the
churchescategory and a drop-down menu listing all the churches will appear. You can then select or de-select as you wish. If you select All Hallows Barking and then click on the
targetbutton on the right side, the map will AUTOMATICALLY ZOOM in to that particular location and place it at the centre of your viewing panel!
- By clicking on the
Bookmarkbutton at the top right toolbar menu, you can BOOKMARK A CUSTOMIZED MAP VERSION that will include just the items in which you are interested. You can then bookmark this particular URL and return to it any time.
- More intrepid users might like to try DRAWING POINTS, LINES, or POLYGONS on the map for teaching purposes or to communicate with MoEML about the location of a particular building, for instance.
The possibilities are nearly limitless, so get experimenting!. We have built this for you, so please play around and send us feedback.
This new map has been a long time in the works. Associate Director, Kim McLean-Fiander, negotiated with the London Metropolitan Archives to obtain the hi-resolution images in late 2013. Then, over the past year, Greg Newton digitally stitched the map together and made thousands of tiny adjustments. Project Director, Janelle Jenstad, and Kim also worked with local artist, Jillian Player, to reconstruct missing parts of the map. Finally, Lead Programmer, Martin Holmes, did his usual
magicwithin the OpenLayers framework to create all the whizzy features now available to our users.
We hope you enjoy the new map!
6 January 2015
MoEML off to the MLA Convention in Vancouver!
MoEML is participating in the annual MLA Convention (#mla15) this coming Thursday to Sunday (Jan. 8-11) in Vancouver, BC. On Sunday, January 11th (10:15-11:30am, 117 VCC West), Project Director Janelle Jenstad, Assistant Director Kim McLean-Fiander, Editorial Board Member Diane Jakacki, and Pedagogical Partners Peter Herman and Kate McPherson will be participating in Session 697,
Bringing Digital Tools into the Classroom: A Case Study Using The Map of Early Modern London.
Session Description: This roundtable explores the mobilization of digital humanities (DH) projects to promote research-based learning (RBL). Participants in The Map of Early Modern London’s pedagogical partnership share their experience with, and posit general applications for, this modified crowd-sourced guest editorship that benefits instructors, helps students acquire digital research skills, and builds DH projects.
You can find further details about our session on the MLA Convention site.
4 December 2014
Try out MoEML’s TEI Codesharing Service
Are you a novice TEI encoder or a project manager who is not a TEI expert? Or, are you interested in doing research into encoding practices on a large scale across multiple projects? If so, keep reading!
MoEML’s lead programmer, Martin Holmes, has built a TEI Codesharing Service that could well make your encoding life a lot easier. The service is a simple API (Application Programming Interface) that allows MoEML to share examples of how we use the TEI tagset to encode particular textual features. Since most TEI users are self-taught or learn by example, and since a comprehensive set of examples suitable for inductive learning has not been available in the past, this Codesharing Service fills a big gap in the world of TEI encoding.
Read Martin’s new blog post that explains the ins and the outs of this fabulous service.
10 November 2014
Atwood’s article on Arundel House published
MoEML is pleased to announce the publication of a new peer-reviewed article on Arundel House by Emma K. Atwood, a doctoral candidate at Boston College working on domestic architecture on the English Renaissance stage.
This substantial contribution (some 3,800 words) to the Sites section of the MoEML Encyclopedia discusses the location, name, history, and political, intellectual, and artistic significance of this important property in early modern London.
Did you know that Arundel House has links to Henry VIII’s divorce from Katherine of Aragon? Or that it was the site of Princess Elizabeth’s alleged affair with Thomas Seymour? Or that it was previously called Bath House or Bath Inn, Hampton Place, and Seymour Place? How about that it housed a great sculpture collection and that, in a 1972 archaeological dig, seven classical marbles from Thomas Howard’s collection were uncovered?
If you want to know more, read this important new addition to MoEML.
Congratulations to Emma Atwood on this fascinating article!
MoEML is pleased to announce the publication of a new peer-reviewed article on the Cockpit or Phoenix Playhouse by Eoin Price, the Tutor in Renaissance Literature at Swansea University and Teaching Associate at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.
This substantial contribution (some 3,400 words) to the Playhouses section of the MoEML Encyclopedia discusses the location and construction of the Cockpit/Phoenix, includes a history of the various playing companies associated with it, and offers a useful, sortable table of its repertoire that shows, for instance, just how prominent playwrights such as James Shirley, John Ford, and Philip Massinger were at that venue.
You will learn about the rivalries between the Red Bull and Blackfriars theatres and the Cockpit/Phoenix, about the nostalgia-driven Beeston’s Boys, about the Shrove Tuesday Riots that led to the re-branding of the Cockpit as the Phoenix, and much more.
Congratulations to Dr. Price on his fine work!
19 September 2014
Pedagogical Partnership expands as MoEML Director visits Washington College, MD
MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project is going from strength to strength! Last month we published an article on the Blackfriars Theatre produced by partner Peter C. Herman and his class at San Diego State University. Then, last week, MoEML Director, Janelle Jenstad, gave a talk about the project at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and visited the class of one of our newest partners, Professor Kathryn Moncrief. Moncrief’s class will be producing a collaboratively written article on The Rose playhouse. One of her students has written a news story on their English Department website about Janelle’s visit and their exciting new venture with us, as has the WC student newspaper, The Elm.
Moncrief is just one of a growing roster of MoEML pedagogical partners. We currently have nine other professors scattered around the globe, from Auckland, New Zealand to Exeter, England to Arlington, Texas, who have decided to incorporate a MoEML module into their early modern literature and theatre courses, including the following:
- Tom Bishop and his English/Drama class at The University of Auckland will prepare an article on the Theatre playhouse.
Briony Frost and her M.A. Renaissance Literature class (
Country, City and Court: Renaissance Literature, 1558-1618) at Exeter University will prepare encyclopedia entries on many of the sites (numbered 1-12) on The Queen’s Majesty’s Passage.
- Sarah Hogan and her students at Wake Forest University will prepare an encylcopedia article for MoEML.
- Shannon Kelley and her Shakespeare Survey class at Fairfield University will prepare encyclopedia entries on the gardens on the Agas map, including the Bear Garden.
- Kevin Quarmby and his Autumn 2014 sophomore Shakespeare class at Oxford College of Emory University will prepare an article on Bearbaiting in Early Modern London.
Meg Roland and the students in her
Study Abroad in London and Rome: Tracing Empirecourse at Marylhurst University will prepare an article on the London Wall and/or Bishopsgate.
Anita Sherman and the undergraduate/graduate students in her
Revenge Drama and City Comedy: Shakespeare’s Contemporariescourse at American University will be doing a place-based reading of Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair and will prepare articles on Smithfield and some of the surrounding streets and sites.
- Amy Tigner and her graduate seminar at the University of Texas, Arlington will collectively research and write an article on the Thames.
Donna Woodford-Gormley and her Autumn 2014
Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Globalclass at New Mexico Highlands University will prepare an article on the Globe playhouse.
These partners have kindly agreed to share their course syllabi so that others can benefit from their experience. To see the syllabi and to put faces to the names of these new partners, visit our Pedagogical Partnership Project page.
27 August 2014
New Article on the Blackfriars Theatre by Peter C. Herman & his SDSU Class!
MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership Project comes to fruition! This month, we published our first encyclopedia article prepared by a group of students at another institution working under the guest editorship of their onsite instructor.
Professor Peter C. Herman ably guided fourteen upper-level undergraduate students (Ryan Brothers, Shaun Deilke, Amber Dodson, Elaine Flores, Alexandra Gardella, Roy Gillespie, Ashley Gumienny, Mark Jacobo, Karen Kluchonic, Alyssa Lammers, Cassady Lynch, Douglas Payne, Andres Villota, Andrea Wilkum) at San Diego State University through the ins and outs of early modern research in order collectively to produce a nearly 6,000-word scholarly article on the Blackfriars Theatre.
Their excellent new contribution includes details of the repertory, theatrical practices, architecture, and audiences of both the first and second Blackfriars Theatres, as well as information on some of the key figures (including Richard Farrant, James Burbage, and his sons, Richard Burbage and Cuthbert Burbage) involved in both theatres’ history.
MoEML would like to thank Peter Herman and his class for being such intrepid and enthusiastic pilot participants in our pedagogical experiment. We think the results demonstrate just how successfully instructors can enagage their undergraduate students in scholarly research. Furthermore, their work has the wonderful potential to help students elsewhere learn more about early modern London. Indeed, MoEML has received positive feedback from another scholar who has already used this new article on the Blackfriars in her own teaching. Congratulations, Peter and SDSU students!
Watch this space for details of future publications by our other pedagogical partners.
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, 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 pictureand 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
"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
<persName type="lit">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
<!-- Personography entry here -->
<!-- Personography entry here -->
@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
Expected Outcomespublicly available here.
13 May 2011
- Berry, Herbert.
Aspects of the Design and Use of the First Public Playhouse.The First Public Playhouse: The Theatre in Shoreditch 1576-1598. Ed. Herbert Berry. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 1979. 29-46.
- Early English Books Online (EEBO). Proquest LLC. Subscription.
Plate 3: Extract from map by Hollar, c.1658.St. Giles-in-the-Fields, pt 1: Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Ed. W. Edward Riley and Sir Laurence Gomme. Survey of London. Vol. 3, London: London County Council, 1912. 3. Reprint. British History Online. Open.
- Shakeosphere: Mapping Early Modern Social Networks. Created by Blaine Greteman and David Eichmann. Iowa City: University of Iowa Libraries. Open.
- Shakespeare, William. Henry V. Ed. James D. Mardock. Internet Shakespeare Editions. 11 May 2012. Open.
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