[Humanist] 22.650 survey: Orlando interface

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Mar 26 07:18:06 CET 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 650.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 02:12:46 -0400 (EDT)
        From: Susan Brown <sbrown at uoguelph.ca>
        Subject: Orlando interface survey

Survey on the Orlando textbase

Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present is an experiment in digital scholarship which has been warmly praised by all three of its academic reviewers so far - who, however, have all made suggestions, all different, for technological revision or tweaking. It contains the equivalent of more than 75 monograph volumes of information on more than 1,200 writers from Britain and beyond, including many Victorian writers, interlinked with each other and with thousands of contextualizing events. 

The way Orlando looks, feels, and acts right now is just one of a number of possible interfaces for these materials and we are researching its impact.

We are seeking responses from users to a 10-minute survey.

We are interested in knowing the purposes for which you use Orlando and its ability to meet your needs. We want to gain insight into how you actually use Orlando. We want to know how it can or should be improved.

No previous experience of Orlando is required. If your university library does not offer Orlando, we will give you access so you can experience it and let us know your views.

Your confidentiality will be protected and you may withdraw from the study at any time.

To respond to the survey, go to http://tinyurl.com/cpfzmw

Orlando is found through your library website or at http://orlando.cambridge.org. 
Information about Orlando is available in the scholarly introduction:
and at the Cambridge University Press site:

If you do not have access to Orlando through your university library, email orlando at ualberta.ca to request access. To volunteer for our user study beyond participation in the survey, contact orlando at ualberta.ca. If you are a participant and wish to withdraw, contact orlando at ualberta.ca.

Please forward this invitation to anyone you think would be interested in participating in the study.

Many thanks,
Susan Brown
Director, the Orlando Project
sbrown at uoguelph.ca

Susan Brown                             Director, The Orlando Project
Associate Professor                     Visiting Associate Professor
School of English and Theatre Studies   English and Film Studies
University of Guelph                    University of Alberta
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada          Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E5

519-824-4120 x53266 (office)            780-862-0155
519-766-0844 (fax)

sbrown at uoguelph.ca                      susan.brown at ualberta.ca

Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles http://orlando.cambridge.org
The Orlando Project: http://www.ualberta.ca/ORLANDO

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