We are calling for participants to join the Digital Mitford: the Mary Russell Mitford Archive, at http://mitford.pitt.edu. If you are interested in learning TEI coding and participating in a large-scale digital archive project now well underway, we are happy to orient you to the project as part of our June workshop series.
We are hosting our second of what we hope will be an annual series of face-to-face workshop sessions at the lovely Pitt-Greensburg campus, during the first week of June 2014. The dates are now set, so that we expect people to arrive on Saturday or Sunday May 31 / June 1, and depart on Thurs. June 5, with our workshops running during the days throughout Mon. – Wed. June 2 – June 4. (This is basically the same timing as last year’s launch workshops.)
Please share this message with any researcher whom you think would be interested in gaining experience with digital scholarly edition work, digital humanities methods, 19th-century literature and culture, women writers, or Mary Mitford. We hope that all who join the Mitford project will find many good resources for scholarly research and publication, and gain experience useful for individual projects. **NOTE: If we have a high response this year, applications may be necessary.
* All current active editors and consultants (and all with us at our project launch last year, please write and let me know if you can make it–Friday March 28 makes a good deadline.
Our project goals are, as ever,
To read more about the project design and our editing methods, please read our “About the Project” page: http://mitford.pitt.edu/about.html
This year, we plan to host workshops at three levels:
We tentatively expect to have the costs of residence covered at the Pitt- Greensburg campus, but we probably cannot cover the costs of travel here. We’ve submitted our first two major grant applications to support this project, and are awaiting word on whether or how much of our workshop expenses might be covered by external funding sources. For now, we ask each of you to investigate local funding sources to help cover the costs of travel here. If all else fails, we will happily make it possible for you to attend the workshops through Google+ Hangouts as we did last year, but it’s best if we can all be together in person!
The June 2014 workshops mark the completion of our first full year of project work. By the time we convene, we expect to have prepared a “test-bed” of coded TEI XML texts representing a cross section of Mitford’s letters, drama, and prose sketches from the early 1820s, and from which we have already begun assembling an extensive collection of prosopography information, recording hundreds of people, fictional characters, locations, and publications. Our project is quite young, so these hundreds of entries we’ve accumulated just scratch the surface of what we’ll be developing in the next few years. For this June, our test bed of TEI files and prosopography data give us a good foundation on which to develop long-range plans.
Thanks, everyone, for reading and sharing with interested parties! Please respond to indicate your interest using the form below: