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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 Print conference 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!
Paint Over Print Conference Poster
Paint Over Print Conference Poster

10 March 2015

MoEML Roadshow 2015 Update

Queen’s University, final stop on MoEML Roadshow 2015
Queen’s University, final stop on MoEML Roadshow 2015
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 London in 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.
A screenshot of Jenstad and encoding partner Drouin’s virtual classroom encounter
A screenshot of Jenstad and encoding partner Drouin’s virtual classroom encounter
After Alabama, Janelle headed to her old alma mater, Queen’s University in Kingston, as a Return of the Alumni Triumphant speaker and as part of their Demystifying DH speaker series. She gave two papers, Research-Based Learning and DH Projects: MoEML’s Pedagogical Partnership and 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)

New Experimental Agas Map Interface with several location categories highlighted
New Experimental Agas Map Interface with several location categories highlighted
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 Instructions found 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:
  1. 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.
  2. Using the gauge on the lower left side of the map interface, you can ADJUST THE MAP’S OPACITY.
  3. 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 categories box on the upper right side. For example, if you tick the churches category, 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 churches category 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 target button on the right side, the map will AUTOMATICALLY ZOOM in to that particular location and place it at the centre of your viewing panel!
  4. By clicking on the Bookmark button 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.
  5. 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.
Greg Newton and Jillian Player stitching the map
Greg Newton and Jillian Player stitching the map
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 magic within 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!

Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention 2015
Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention 2015
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.
The Web interface of the CodeSharing service on the MoEML site.
The Web interface of the CodeSharing service on the MoEML site.

10 November 2014

Atwood’s article on Arundel House published

Arundel House, from the North by Wenceslas Hollar. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Arundel House, from the North by Wenceslas Hollar. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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!

1 October 2014

New article on the Cockpit or Phoenix Playhouse published

The Cockpit may be the large building with gardens in the rear that is slightly to the right and above the street name Drury Lane. Image of Extract from Map by Hollar, c. 1658 courtesy of BHO.
The Cockpit may be the large building with gardens in the rear that is slightly to the right and above the street name Drury Lane. Image of Extract from Map by Hollar, c. 1658 courtesy of BHO.
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

Washington College news story on MoEML Pedagogical Partnership
Washington College news story on MoEML Pedagogical Partnership

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:
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!

Conjectural reconstruction. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Conjectural reconstruction. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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!
Peter C. Herman
Peter C. Herman
Peter C. Herman’s class @ SDSU
Peter C. Herman’s class @ SDSU
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 typical building sketch. Photo by Sarah Milligan courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
A typical building sketch. Photo by Sarah Milligan courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
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!

The MoEML Gazetteer
The MoEML Gazetteer
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.
Read more about the Gazetteer in our latest blog post, find it under the Encyclopedia tab, read up on the what/ why/how of the Gazetteer, or go directly to the alphabetized Gazetteer.

20 May 2014

MoEML Successes & Farewells

L-R: Martin, Tye, Zaqir, Nathan, Sarah, and Kim after our recent farewell lunch
L-R: Martin, Tye, Zaqir, Nathan, Sarah, and Kim after our recent farewell lunch
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

St Louis Gateway Arch
St Louis Gateway Arch
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.
SAA participants learn more about MoEML from Janelle in the Digital Room
SAA participants learn more about MoEML from Janelle in the 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.
Kim and Janelle at the top of the Gateway Arch
Kim and Janelle at the top of the Gateway Arch
St Louis Gateway Arch
St Louis Gateway Arch

23 April 2014

Happy 450th Birthday, Shakespeare!

Early Modern and Hipster Shakespeare of Shoreditch
Early Modern and Hipster Shakespeare of Shoreditch
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 Landels. Photo credit: Suzanne Ahearne.
Tye Landels. Photo credit: Suzanne Ahearne.
Tye was nominated by Janelle Jenstad (MoEML Director). For the application, Tye wrote short essays on Leadership, 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.
Congratulations, Tye!
For more information, see the biographies of all ten 2014 winners at the 3M website and the University of Victoria news item.

4 April 2014

MoEML Team @ RSA in NYC

The Statue of Liberty, New York City
The Statue of Liberty, New York City
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.
Cameron Butt, Diane Jakacki, and Janelle Jenstad @ RSA
Cameron Butt, Diane Jakacki, and Janelle Jenstad @ RSA
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.
Janelle introduces the Gazetteer @ the RSA
Janelle introduces the Gazetteer @ the RSA
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 @ the RSA Opening Reception with some of the UVic contingent
Kim @ the RSA Opening Reception with some of the UVic contingent
Kim, Janelle, Diane, and Cameron all presented for the New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies panels 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!

Peter Herman’s class @ SDSU meets the MoEML team @UVic (in video insert) via Skype
Peter Herman’s class @ SDSU meets the MoEML team @UVic (in video insert) via Skype
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

Courtesy of VMworld 2013 Bloggers
Courtesy of VMworld 2013 Bloggers

MoEML has debated for some time whether or not we should have a scholarly blog in addition to this, our News page. To discover what we decided and how we arrived at that decision, check out Project Director Janelle Jenstad’s latest... er... blog called 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 one and, 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!

Coming soon: zoom in on the Tower of London!
Coming soon: zoom in on the Tower of London!

04 December 2013

MoEML then (2001) and now (2013)!

As of Monday, 9 December 2013, MoEML users will find themselves immersed in our newly designed website. Read all about the changes and improvements in the "Welcome to MoEML v.5" blog post by project director Janelle Jenstad. We hope you like the new site!
MoEML then (v.2 home page, 2001) and now (v.5 home page, 2013)
MoEML then (v.2 home page, 2001) and now (v.5 home page, 2013)

13 November 2013

Tye Landels wins awards and Sarah Milligan returns to MoEML (Again!)

Tye Landels
Tye Landels
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!
Sarah Milligan
Sarah Milligan

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

Meredith Holmes 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 Updates

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

Farewell Cameron

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

1633 Stow Images

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

DH2013 Redux

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 truth in encoding historical dates!

17 July 2013

DH2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska

Janelle Jenstad and Martin Holmes give a paper at DH2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Read the slightly out-of-date abstract for Practical Interoperability: The Map of Early Modern London and the Internet Shakespeare Editions. Our slides are posted at SlideShare.

10 July 2013

CodeSharing API Launched

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 Markup Version 1.0.

8 July 2013
MoEML at the Folger for EMDA

Assistant Project Director Kim McLean-Fiander begins a three-week intensive NEH Institute Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Kim joins 19 other scholars for advanced studies in Early Modern Digital Agendas, under the direction of Professor Jonathan Hope.

5 July 2013

Lead Mouse Away and Cool Cats Play

The team wonders how they’ll cope without their lead programmer, Martin Holmes, who is travelling to Oxford and Lincoln, NE, to deliver various conference papers. Janelle hosts the MoEML summer barbecue, featuring the musical stylings of Zaqir Virani and the London Stones.

11 June 2013

Team Talent

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 Victoria

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

Under Construction

Encoder Cameron Butt starts building the infrastructure of MoEML’s digital facsimile edition of the 1633 Survey.

29 May 2013

Personography Progress

After lengthy debate, we decided to deprecate "fict" and "myth" as values for the @type attribute 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 @type values to create further distinctions between various types of historical people.

23 May 2013

Our First Look at the 1598 Stow

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

Midsummer Mayoral Madness

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

When Maps Collide

MoEML joins forces with the Eletronic Textual Cultures Laboratory (ETCL) to host UVic’s inaugural Digital Geohumanities Working Group Symposium. MoEML research assistants Cameron Butt and Michael Stevens both presentat alongside Greg Newton and Laurel Bowman of the Myths on Maps project.

28 June 2012

Application Invitation

MoEML invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship. Click here for details. Closing date: 2012-07-17.

24 May 2012

Draper, Mayor, and SSHRC CGS Scholar

Another new biographical entry! We’ve just published Serina Patterson’s biographical essay, Simon Eyre (Draper and Mayor). Serina was an MA student at UVic in 2008. She is now a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. Thanks for contributing, Serina!

18 May 2012

Representations of Paisley

New biographical entry! We’re happy to announce the publication of Paisley Mann’s essay on Isabella Whitney. Paisley was an MA student in a course on Representations of London in 2008. She is now pursuing doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia. Thanks for your contribution, Paisley!

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

Even Stevens

Michael Stevens, MA student in English (University of Victoria), joins MoEML as a Graduate Research Assistant for Summer 2012.

3 May 2012

SSHRC Bounty

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

Slippy Map

Back by popular demand! We’ve re-activated all the links to the experimental google-style zoom-able layered map, which offers much better resolution than the grid map. We are slowly importing the data from the grid map to the layered map. Please check all site identifications on the grid map.


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MLA citation:

Jenstad, Janelle, Kim McLean-Fiander, and Cameron Butt. “News Briefs.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Web. 01 April 2015. <>.

Chicago citation:

Jenstad, Janelle, Kim McLean-Fiander, and Cameron Butt. n.d. “News Briefs.” The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed April 01, 2015.

APA citation:

Jenstad J., K. McLean-Fiander, & C. Butt. (n.d.). News Briefs. In J. Jenstad (Ed.), The Map of Early Modern London. Retrieved April 01, 2015, from

TEI citation:

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