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1 ...and now what? summer school Pip Willcox Digital Editor Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services

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

3 Taken as read Project aims Project outcomes Project timing Funding model and scale Partners and staffing

4 What’s left? Project management Quality assurance Responsibilities Outcome design Surprises

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

6 How?

7 The origins: the pre-1642 quartos from Other project partners

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

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

10 Why Hamlet? At least 1 copy of Hamlet in each partner library Textual complexity Cultural icon

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

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

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

15 Complications

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18 Key modelling elements Breaking the project into achievable, organizable tasks Distribution of work packages Communication (and enthusiasm)

19 From boutique editing to mass digitization

20 ProQuest’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, ( )

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22 Project scale bibliographic STC records digitized microfilm image sets Phase I provided full texts, available to partner institutions

23 Text creation Image taken from

24 Aims of Phase II Build on Phase I, which created digital editions in 7 years Complete the digital corpus of unique English language titles in the STC Produce digital editions in 5 years

25 Don’t panic

26 Revisit 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

27 Why not use OCR? Images taken from

28 Key modelling elements Determining timeline Performance, feedback, revision Communication (and enthusiasm)

29 Mass digitization to store-cupboard editing Register of The Stationers’ Company

30 Small-scale pilot project Internal university funding Register of The Stationers’ Company

31 Register of The Stationers’ Company Edward Arber, A Transcript of the Registers of the Company of Stationers AD, 5 vols, (London and Birmingham, 1875).

32 If I may... Ask Make mistakes Adapt Plan for surprise

33 Fail “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

34 Remember “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

35 Pip Willcox Digital Editor Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services


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