Project Modelling in Digital Humanities.

Project Modelling in Digital Humanities.

Pip Willcox, Digital Editor at Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services, explores the process of drawing up plans to deliver promised outcomes in digital humanities projects. This session will cover project aims,

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Slide1...and now what?Digital.Humanities @oxford summer school Pip Willcox Digital Editor Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services

Slide2Project modelling:what is it? • The process of drawing up plans to deliver promised outcomes.

Slide3Taken as read• Project aims • Project outcomes • Project timing • Funding model and scale • Partners and staffing

Slide4What’ s left? • Project management • Quality assurance • Responsibilities • Outcome design • Surprises

Slide5Why model?• Turning your swanky project into reality: • Breaking the project into achievable, organizable tasks • Determining timeline • Distribution of work packages • Performance, feedback, revision


Slide7The origins: the pre-1642 quartos from • Other project partners

Slide8Complementing the British Library ’ s Shakespeare in Quarto  website • 1 copy of 21 plays in 73 editions •

Slide9Goals• Create an interface to support teaching and learning, and to widen access • Create a digital edition of every copy of 1 play • Hamlet

Slide10Why Hamlet ? • At least 1 copy of  Hamlet  in each partner library • Textual complexity • Cultural icon

Slide11Modelling Hamlet • Inspired by the image resource • Individual copies • Legible • Searchable • Text Encoding Initiative p5: boutique editing

Slide13Consulting stake-holders: • Advisory Forum • Discussion board • Professionally facilitated website evaluation … a creature native and indued / Unto that element

Slide14Project priorities• Provide images and texts online and for download (Creative Commons) • Accurate transcriptions • Include copy-specific data • Support users ’  learning and research • Project documentation


Slide18Key modellingelements • Breaking the project into achievable, organizable tasks • Distribution of work packages • Communication (and enthusiasm)

Slide19From boutique editingto mass digitization

Slide20ProQuest ’ s Early English Books Online • Text Creation Partnership, University of Oxford and University of Michigan • Providing digital images and full texts of books printed in England and English, (1473-1700)


Slide22Project scale• 126 925 bibliographic STC records • 117 260 digitized microfilm image sets • Phase I provided 25 369 full texts, available to partner institutions

Slide23Text creationImage taken from .

Slide24Aims of Phase II• Build on Phase I, which created 25 000 digital editions in 7 years • Complete the digital corpus of unique English language titles in the STC • Produce 44 000 digital editions in 5 years

Slide25Don’ t panic

Slide26Revisit funding model • Revisit transcription and editing procedures • Revisit staffing levels • 2.5 years in, 39% of texts are completed or in process Don ’ t panic

Slide27Why not use OCR?Images taken from .

Slide28Key modellingelements • Determining timeline • Performance, feedback, revision • Communication (and enthusiasm)

Slide29Mass digitization to store-cupboardediting Register of The Stationers’ Company

Slide30Small-scale pilot project • Internal university funding Register of The Stationers’ Company

Slide31Register ofThe Stationers’ Company Edward Arber,  A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers 1554-1640 AD , 5 vols, (London and Birmingham, 1875).

Slide32If I may...• Ask • Make mistakes • Adapt • Plan for surprise

Slide33Fail• “ Be willing to fail a lot ” • “ Fail on a survivable scale ” • “ Spot a failure and fix it early ” Tim Harford , Adapt: Why success always starts with failure  (Little, Brown, 2011). Accessed 24 July 2011

Slide34Remember“ The coolest thing to do with your data will be thought of by someone else. ” Rufus Pollock, Co-Founder and Director, Open Knowledge Foundation Accessed 24 July 2011

Slide35Pip WillcoxDigital Editor Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services