here a fitt ends

As of July 2016, I’ll cease to be Digital Publications Manager at the Mark Twain Project, UC Berkeley. (After eleven years, and by choice.) New challenges ahoy.

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Collaborating on Han shu (漢書)

01Collaborating on Han shu (漢書)
[Part of the 2016 DH Faire as a panelist in “The Library and DH: Support Through Collaboration.” Click on slide images to embiggen.]

During this academic year, my MTP colleague Mandy Gagel and I have been the staff participants in Scott McGinnis’s project to build what he calls a digital-literary combined edition of a classical Chinese text, Han shu (漢書), which means History of the [Western] Han. A Digital Humanities at Berkeley collaborative research grant has funded the development of a scaled-down prototype of this digital Han shu. I can’t speak for Mandy, or indeed for Scott; for myself, the chance to work with a junior colleague on an ambitious digital-text project is exciting, both in itself and because I know from personal experience that it would’ve been impossible here twenty years ago. I’ll start with an overview of Scott’s work, then share an anecdote about what it was like to work on a digital transcription project in 1996.
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the state of mark twain project online

Sherry Darling asked on SEDIT-L recently about practices used in publishing documentary materials to the web. Here is my response on behalf of Mark Twain Project Online; I wanted also to post anything at all this year to this blog, so I’ve included the response below.
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Sirens 2012

The fourth occurrence of Sirens, a conference about women in/and fantasy fiction, took place 11–14 October 2012 in Stevenson, Washington, which is about an hour east of Portland, Oregon. I didn’t take my laptop and thus didn’t liveblog any sessions, but I tweeted a bit. See the end of the Storify embedded below for next year’s theme and guests of honor.
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a little light javascript

If you ever need to convert HTML+CSS (such as that created by WordPerfect or Word export) to generic TEI, you can write a JavaScript function that e.g. gathers up all the <span>s and iterates through them one at a time in an array, and then you do something like this to them. (What’s an array? For this purpose it’s a matrix with one row, i.e, an ordered list of things/entities. Looking up “array” itself on Wikipedia only proves the tired axiom: if you have to ask, you don’t know.) Anyway, something like this: Read More »

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