[Humanist] 27.509 the Shelley-Godwin Archive

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Tue Nov 5 07:45:13 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 509.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2013 19:48:23 -0500
        From: Neil Fraistat <fraistat at umd.edu>
        Subject: Shelley-Godwin Archive Launch

Dear all,

The Maryland Institute of Technology (MITH) and The New York Public
Library, in concert with their partners, the Bodleian Libraries of Oxford,
the Houghton Library of Harvard, the Huntington Library, and the British
Library, are delighted to announce that the Shelley-Godwin Archive went
live on Halloween and received some 60,000 unique visitors in its first
full day of operation.

All known manuscripts of *Frankenstein, *including drafts and fair
copy, are now available through the Archive's platform, which enables
toggling between a number of different views, including between MWS's hand
and PBS's, as well as zooming in and out of page images, and, not least, a
nuanced full-text search capacity.

The technical infrastructure of the Shelley-Godwin Archive builds on linked
data principles and emerging standards such as the Shared Canvas data
modeland the
 the Text Encoding Initiative’s Genetic Editions vocabulary.  It is
designed to support a participatory platform where scholars, students, and
the general public will be able to engage in the curation and annotation of
the Archive's contents. We’re pleased to say that the Archive's
transcriptions, software applications, and libraries are currently
published on GitHub, with all content and code under open licenses.

The project and its current launch have generated some gratifying
responses, such as this from the *Chronicle of Higher Education*:


Try it out! The site is currently in Beta release and works best when
viewed in Chrome. Please share with your classes, colleagues, friends, and
anyone else who might be interested: http://shelleygodwinarchive.org/.


Neil Fraistat & Project Co-Director Liz Denlinger

Neil Fraistat
Professor of English & Director
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland
301-405-5896 or 301-314-7111 (fax)
Twitter: @fraistat

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