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1 Odour of Chrysanthemums Online access to a short story by D H Lawrence Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts Manchester 26 March 2010 Dorothy Johnston Manuscripts and Special Collections

2 Introduction Digital access at Nottingham: Background The Odour project: Initial pros and cons Principal features What was achieved Questions and Lessons

3 Digital access at Nottingham  The holdings  Manuscripts and Archives  Special Collections (Rare Books)  East Midlands Collection (local studies)  Operation within converged services  Benefits of digital infrastructure  Close links with e-learning  Early digitisation developments  Project based  Supported e-learning or awareness raising  Focus on contextual added value, not images.

4 Awareness raising 1. Online exhibitions

5 Awareness raising 2. Spotlight on the Collections gallery

6 Awareness raising: 3. Collection resource pages

7 e-learning: Skills for Users

8 e-learning: Academic Partners

9 e-learning: Teaching Packs

10 Lawrence project: Background  Digital access to Lawrence regularly sought.  Unsuccessful project bid (2000) plan provided a potential model and clarified objectives.  Examined in “Issues in delivering primary source materials over the internet as resources for research and learning in the humanities” (E. Archer, MA thesis, University of Nottingham, 2004).  English Subject Centre funding to Sean Matthews to deliver the text with supporting pedagogic materials for textual, historical and critical study (2005).

11 D H Lawrence, Odour of Chrysanthemums

12 Supporting factors  Good subject for academic/curatorial collaboration  Popular short story - widely taught, ‘canonical’ text  Original sources, both for text and background  Accessible textual history through critical materials  Relevant to local and regional community identity  Potential for outreach and local schools based learning  D H Lawrence digitisation a long-term objective  Proven delivery of e-learning by the team.

13 Potential issues  Copyright in text and other IPR issues  Lack of technical or curatorial input to bid for funding  Project management  Capacity for technical delivery  Capacity to research images, contextual enrichment  Fitting academic drivers and timetables into curatorial operational pressures and existing projects NB: Other current activities included move of service to new accommodation.

14 Development of Odour project: Principal anticipated features  Aimed at both research and educational audience  Deliver reading texts  Guided comparison of texts, with notes  Critical literature about Odour  Background original material – letters  Background secondary material – e.g. local context  Images – photographs etc.  School lesson plans

15 e-learning: texts in transmission

16 The sources

17 Corrected proofs

18 Comparing different versions

19 Uncorrected proofs (1910) first publication (1911)

20 First publication (1911) First collected edition (1914)

21 Work with the texts: dialect

22 Project elements delivered  Reading texts  Guided comparison of texts, with notes  Working with the texts – for students  Critical literature about Odour  Further materials – e.g. map, photographs, article on “Talking Lawrence”

23 Elements deferred Further potential elements but project creep resisted.  Application of guided reading to all episodes  Supporting original material from other parts of the collection – e.g. letters  Local studies content – other than dialect  Significantly greater quantity of images  Focused school lesson plans in collaboration with specific school / teachers  Aud io content: reading Lawrence

24 Supporting future similar projects  Does it fit the digital strategy and plans?  Who’s funding? And what is funded?  Who’s managing?  Does academic partner have dedicated time?  Use proven methodologies or new developments?  Timescales suiting curators, academics and developers?  Complexities of IPR?  Is it sustainable and extensible?

25 Opportunities and constraints  Tension between strategic digitisation plans and academic project opportunities  New models of partnership are required  Pilot projects need to deliver generic solutions  Curators may aim to extend the brief and develop the resource further  Audience focus (student/public etc.) may shift.  If digital texts become surrogate collections, responsibility lies with curators. 

26 D H Lawrence Odour of Chyrsanthemums at the University of Nottingham Manuscripts and Special Collections


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