Melissa Dalgleish has compiled a great list of things to think about when embarking on a digital project, originally posted in the EMiC blog:
What documents will I be working with?
- Where are they located?
- How many are there? (and therefore, how big the project is and how long it will take)
- Who holds control over access to them?
- How do I get access and permission to publish digitally?
- What do I want this project to be/do?
- How do I make it be/do that digitally?
- How big is this going to be (#of documents)?
- How long is it going to take to create? What’s my timeline and schedule?
- What do I need to learn?
- What resources will I need?
- education: TEI, CSS, XMLT, IMT, analytics
- time: assessing, scanning, coding, web design, tweaking
- tech: oXygen, web editors, computer, hosting site, tech support, OCR program, scanner
- money: permissions, hosting, scanning, labour, education, software
- people: to teach, to work, to listen
- How can I access these resources?
- At my university: people, physical, and monetary resources
- Through EMiC
- At DHSI
- Through funding agencies and grants
- My own resources, research, and self-teaching
What do I do with these documents?
- scan them
- run them through OCR(Optical Character Recognition) software to prepare them for TEI (Textual Encoding Initiative) mark-up
- make photo-quality scans for use with the IMT (Image Mark-up Tool)
How do I make them digital?
- Perform TEI markup for conversion to web format and use with analytic tools (according to a standard schema and limited tag set for EMiC projects)
- Perform IMT markup for digital facsimiles
- Think about ways of integrating/paralleling the two
How do I make them usable?
- converting TEI to functional websites (CSS, XSLT etc.)
- to do this ourselves, or to hire someone?
- getting them online (hosting etc.)
- making them aesthetically pleasing: EMiC-standard web design
- searchability/ analytics/visualizations
How do I make them known?
- promoting our projects to the wider community: English scholars and students, digital humanists, general readers
How to manage EMiC projects alongside our “official” Master’s and doctoral work?
- time management
- working at institutions/with supervisors who are not EMiC affiliated