Announcements

April 1, 2014

Encoder Predilection Profiling Tool now available from the Women Writers Project

The Women Writers Project is pleased to share a new analytical instrument which we hope will be useful to other members of the TEI community. Please try out the Encoder Predilection Profiling Tool (EPPT)

The EPPT supports an assessment of the profilee on the following four metrics:

  1. Source-oriented vs data-oriented encoding tendencies
  2. Normative vs. descriptive encoding tendencies
  3. General-purpose vs. project-specific encoding tendencies
  4. Research-driven vs. function-driven encoding tendencies
  5. It generates an overall four-letter code that can be used to categorize individuals and locate them on a matrix of profiles. Our informal research thus far suggests that these profiles provide a valuable understanding of the deep motivations, preferences, anxieties, and drives that influence encoding decisions. For an encoding language as subtle and rich as the TEI, these factors play a much more decisive part in the encoding outcomes than would be the case in simpler languages like HTML or EAD. Understanding the different fundamental types of encoders is one important step towards a greater understanding of how text encoding operates as a representational system.

    The WWP anticipates that this tool could be very helpful in screening applicants for TEI workshops, helping to ensure that applicants end up in a workshop that matches their encoder profile and also determining what pedagogical approaches, case studies, and other components will be most effective for a given set of workshop participants. One could also use the instrument to help counsel participants in developing project strategy that takes account of (and if necessary compensates for) their tendencies in a particular direction. At the WWP, we’ve also found this instrument helpful in profiling incoming WWP encoders and staff, to gauge their aptitude in particular areas of the TEI and assign them to specific work areas as appropriate.

    A further analytical step that we have not yet undertaken is to characterize each individual profile in the resulting matrix, but this may be an exercise that others in the community will find appealing.

    We hope that others may also find this a useful tool and we welcome feedback.

    March 1, 2014

    Free Women Writers Online Access for Month of March

    In celebration of Women's History Month, Women Writers Online will be freely available during the month of March. We invite you to explore the 350 texts in the collection!

    June 28, 2013

    WWP moves to Northeastern University

    After 25 productive years at Brown University the Women Writers Project and its staff will be moving to Northeastern University on July 1, 2013. The project will become part of the Northeastern Library's Digital Scholarship Group, directed by Julia Flanders. During our time at Brown the project has received tremendous support from the University Library and from Computing and Information Services, for which we will remain perpetually grateful. Hundreds of Brown graduate and undergraduate students have contributed to the project's development: transcribing and encoding texts, performing biographical and bibliographic research, transcribing and analyzing syllabi, maintaining contact with subscribers, and contributing to the project's published research.

    Publication of Women Writers Online will continue without interruption. Over the course of the summer and fall, the WWP's systems, publications, and communications will be moved to Northeastern University, and subscribers will receive further information about updated links and contact information.

    April 30, 2013

    New series: Women Writers in Context

    We are happy to announce the launch of a new series of contextual essays and exhibits, Women Writers in Context. The series offers critical and historical perspectives on the WWO collection, in a flexible format that includes timelines of significant events, biographical glosses, keywords for thematic exploration, and other features. In addition to recruiting new essays, over time we will also be republishing all of the essays from Renaissance Women Online in this new format. Read more

    April 15, 2013

    Teaching with TEI: deadline approaching

    The deadline for applications for Taking TEI Further: Teaching with TEI is coming up on June 1. Join us for a three-day intensive seminar to explore the use of text encoding and digital scholarship in the classroom. Travel funding is available. Apply

    March 1, 2013

    WWO free for Womens History Month

    In celebration of Women's History Month, Women Writers Online will be freely available during the month of March. Please browse and enjoy!

    February 20, 2013

    New texts in WWO

    A dozen texts have just been added to WWO, including works by Anna Barbauld, Eleanor Davies, Susanna Rowson, Mary Evelyn, and others.

    March 7, 2012

    New Women Writers Online interface launched as a public beta

    We are excited to announce the beta launch of the newly redesigned Women Writers Online. This early beta version represents the first step in redeveloping the WWO interface and moving WWO onto a platform of modern XML publishing tools. While the new interface still has a number of limitations and bugs, it also retains and improves on many features of the existing WWO, including full-text searching, searching on bibliographic data, and a clear reading interface.

    The new WWO interface is just the beginning: we plan to add a number of important features during the next year, including freely available contextual and biographical essays, contemporary reviews and reception materials, greater reader control over the display of the reading text, and new tools for exploration such as maps and other visualizations.

    Both the new and old interfaces will remain available during the month of March 2012. The old WWO will be retired permanently in early April.

    March 1, 2012

    Free Women Writers Online access

    In celebration of Women's History Month, Women Writers Online will be freely available during the month of March. We invite you to explore the 334 texts in the collection!

    July 27, 2011

    WWP receives two NEH grants

    The WWP is pleased and honored to receive two grants from the NEH. We have been awarded $249,947 for "Taking TEI Further, a three-year series of institutes on advanced topics in text encoding, including XSLT for humanists, customizing the TEI, and teaching with TEI. This project begins in March 2012 and a schedule of events will be posted early in 2012. We have also been awarded a joint NEH/DFG grant in support of a symposium on data modeling in the humanities, in partnership with the University of Würzburg, which will be held at Brown University in spring 2012.

    March 1, 2011

    Free Women Writers Online access

    In celebration of Women's History Month, Women Writers Online will be freely available during the month of March. We invite you to explore the 334 texts in the collection!

    December 30, 2010

    Publication of new texts

    The WWP is pleased to announce the addition of twelve new texts to Women Writers Online. Highlights include three dramas by Aphra Behn, Margaret Cavendish's Philosophical Letters (1664), Sarah Stone's A Complete Practice of Midwifery (1737), and Hannah Kilham's Memoir of the Late Hannah Kilham (1837). With these additions, the WWO collection now contains more than 330 texts from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries.

    To see a list of the texts recently added to Women Writers Online, visit our new titles page. Or visit our full title list for a complete list of all the titles currently included in WWO.

    November 17, 2010

    Call for proposals: Women in the Archives 2011

    The call for proposals for Women in the Archives: Organizing Knowledge is now available. Proposals are due January 15, 2011.

    September 21, 2010

    Save the date: Women in the Archives 2011

    The fourth annual Women in the Archives conference will be held on April 15-16, 2011 at Brown University. Save the date and watch for the call for participation later this fall.

    September 1, 2010

    WWP receives major NEH award

    The Women Writers Project has received funding for a three-year, $200K project from the National Endowment for the Humanities, focusing on the reception and readership of early women’s writing. Starting in January 2011, the WWP will undertake a collaborative research project to investigate the role that women’s literary writing and its reception played in the formation of Anglophone literary culture in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The WWP will digitize a range of sources, including material from printed reviews, anthologies, and early literary histories, as well as manuscript materials like diaries, letters, and commonplace books. Working with these materials, the project’s core collaborators will produce an interconnected group of scholarly articles exploring the cultural geographies of women’s literary reception between 1770 and 1830. These peer-reviewed articles will be published online as part of the WWP’s open-access collection of exhibits, articles, and contextual information on women’s writing. The source materials will also be made publicly accessible through an exploratory interface so that other scholars can further extend and contribute to this line of research in the future.

    More information can be found at the project description page.

    May 25, 2010

    WWP announces new workshop series

    The Women Writers Project is pleased to announce a new series of workshops on topics in TEI encoding and tools for digital humanists. These workshops are aimed at humanities faculty, librarians, students, and anyone interested in getting a strong introduction to digital humanities concepts, methods, and tools. Each workshop combines hands-on practice with discussion and lectures, and participants are encouraged to work with their own project materials. These small group events offer a wonderful opportunity to learn about other digital projects as well as to master important methods and concepts in an exploratory setting. Students and members of the TEI consortium receive a 33% discount on registration.

    More information, including detailed workshop descriptions and registration information, can be found at our workshops page.

    January 4, 2010

    Zotero integration comes to Women Writers Online

    All Women Writers Online texts now feature integration with the Zotero bibliographic citation manager, a free extension for the web browsers developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Readers who currently use Zotero to manage research sources can now automatically add WWO texts to their Zotero libraries simply by clicking the book icon that appears in the web browser's navigation bar; readers who do not use Zotero will see no visible changes to the normal appearance of WWO texts.

    To learn more about Zotero, or to download the plugin for Firefox, visit the offical Zotero site.

    Publication of new texts

    The WWP is pleased to announce the addition of fourteen new texts to Women Writers Online. Highlights include Anne Cooke’s translation of The Sermons of Barnardine Ochine (1570), Eliza Haywood’s The British Recluse (1722), Sarah Pennington’s An Unfortunate Mother’s Advice to Her Absent Daughters (1773), Susanna Rowson’s The Inquisitor; or the Invisible Rambler (1794), and the complete text of Charlotte Smith’s The Old Manor House (1793). With these additions, the WWO collection now contains more than 320 texts from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries.

    To see a list of the texts recently added to Women Writers Online, visit our new titles page. Or visit our full title list for a complete list of all the titles currently included in WWO.