Description: LEAP is an NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant to support ongoing enrichment of and access to Livingstone Online. This site — a well established, transatlantic, digital archive initiative — seeks to provide worldwide access to the writings of Dr. David Livingstone (1813-73), the Scottish abolitionist, missionary, and explorer of Africa. The Livingstone Online site is directed jointly by Adrian S. Wisnicki (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and Christopher Lawrence (University College London). The archive is published by University College London and is associated with the NEH-funded Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project published by the UCLA Digital Library. The Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP) will support updating, integrating, and providing access to these two sites and their the digital image and transcription collections in order to secure their long-term sustainability as a unified, open-access resource for scholars and the general public. Dr James Cummings of the Research Support Team, IT Services, University of Oxford is providing around a month’s worth TEI-related consultation and legacy data migration assistance to the project.
In collaboration with: Dr Adrian Wisnicki (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), and Livingstone Online
My work: I will be providing consultation work relating to encoding texts in TEI P5 XML. Specifically: Design and implementation of TEI conformant ODD customization for all existing and future Livingstone Online materials. Legacy Data migration from TEI P4 to customized TEI P5 schema. TEI, data migration, and XSLT consultation. Proofreading encoding choices for new transcriptions.
Resources: This project was funded by the NEH for $275,000 total. I’m providing 240 hours worth of work, plus some additional days in-kind contribution
Dates: This project is running from 2013-2016
Current Status: As of April 2014 the project is on track; My Tasks 50-59 have been completed, Tasks 62-67 pending. See Trello below for up-to-date details