American Literature

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Digital Thoreau

Posted by Paul Schacht on February 3, 2012

The core of Digital Thoreau will be a TEI-encoded text of Walden enriched by scholarly annotations, links, images, and social tools that enable users to create conversations around the text.

The annotations from Walden: An Annotated Edition, edited by Thoreau biographer Walter Harding, together with digital assets from the the Thoreau Society’s Harding Collection (curated by the Thoreau Institute Library at The Walden Woods Project) provide a base layer of context on which future layers will be built.

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C19 Reprint Discovery Engine

Posted by Ryan Cordell on October 22, 2011

The reprint discovery engine for nineteenth-century periodicals archives would be a tool not unlike the Google Ngram Viewer, but focused on textual reprint and reference. This project would likely start by investigating a database like the Library of Congress’ “Chronicling America” collection, which is open and includes “an extensive application programming interface (API) which you can use to explore all of our data in many ways.”

I imagine the reprint discovery tool developing in two stages:

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