[Humanist] 24.482 accouncements: 18thConnect & Gale; Sakai 3

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 482.
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  [1]   From:    "Mandell, Laura C. Dr." <mandellc at muohio.edu>              (8)
        Subject: 18thConnect and Gale-Cengage Learning

  [2]   From:    Jennifer Vinopal <vinopal at nyu.edu>                         (6)
        Subject: NYU launches pre-release pilot of Sakai 3

        Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 08:09:56 -0500
        From: "Mandell, Laura C. Dr." <mandellc at muohio.edu>
        Subject: 18thConnect and Gale-Cengage Learning

[For the attachment mentioned below, 
see http://www.18thconnect.org/news/.]

Dear Humanist List:

Attached is an announcement about 18thConnect.org: we have received NEH-funded supercomputer time, and the Mellon foundation has given a small grant to Miami University for developing crowd-sourced correction tools.  Both of these things will help 18thConnect improve the searchable text running behind 182,000 texts of page images available in Eighteenth-Century Collections Online, owned by Gale-Cengage Learning.  Gale and the Text Creation Partnership at the University of Michigan have been supporting our attempt to develop an 18th-century-specific OCR program by training Gamera to read Baskerville and Caslon fonts.  Our goal is twofold: to improve the archive for the future (independently of who owns what, this needs to happen); and to get access for scholars whose institutions cannot afford to subscribe to ECCO.  The boon is that 18thConnect can give texts to scholars who correct them, whether or not their institutions subscribe to ECCO.  We can give them plain text as well as text encoded in TEI-A, which will give them a leg-up in creating digital editions.

We have heard of groups in Germany working on similar initiatives, of course with different challenges: we hope to contact them, benefit from their expertise, and share the tools that we develop; everything we develop is open-source.  (The 182,000 texts of page images themselves are of course owned by Gale and something that 18thConnect cannot distribute.) Please help us make contact if you can.

Attached is a press release from Gale about the initiative.  It seems to me a breakthrough in establishing relationships between portals that are proprietary (Gale) and freely available (18thConnect, TCP).

Laura Mandell

        Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:24:02 -0500
        From: Jennifer Vinopal <vinopal at nyu.edu>
        Subject: NYU launches pre-release pilot of Sakai 3


New York University is pleased to announce the launch on November 54, 2010 of the first pre-release pilot of the revolutionary Sakai Open Academic Environment (OAE) – a revolutionary platform for academic networking and collaboration in teaching, learning, and scholarship.  The NYU instance of Sakai OAE will be known as the ATLAS Network (Advanced Teaching, Learning, And Scholarship Network).  TheBeginning in Spring 2011, this pilot will grow to include 5000 students and faculty from six different NYU schools.

See a screencast demonstration of the ATLAS Network here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQm03ZfTzCE

The NYU pilot focuses on two important areas of need.groups of user needs:  those associated withIt providesing a single NYU network for many diverse university communities to use.  with school-based customizations Aand those associated withit provides aing flexible set of options for implementing portfolios options.  Features include searchable (within the NYU community) pProfiles,; gGroup sSpaces and uploaded content; and two versions of pe-Portfolio implementationss, one of which will be a private archive and the other of which will be a public-within-NYU display page customized by individual schools..

The pilot is being overseen by the Sakai/ATLAS Working Group (SAWG), a cross-school, academic-led committee charged with oversight of the development and implementation of the Sakai OAE environment at NYU.  Initial development on this project was begun withfunding for Sakai at NYU was provided by a 2008 National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up grant.

For more information about the ATLAS Networkthis project, contact Lucy Appert (lucy.appert at nyu.edu) or James Bullen (jb at nyu.edu).

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