WWP The Project Newsletter Archive Volume 2, Number 2 From the Director

From the Director

Carol DeBoer-Langworthy

The last several months have been busy and productive at the WWP. First, I am happy to welcome the WWP's Programmer/Analyst, Syd Bauman back to Rhode Island. Syd resided for the last two and a half years in Arizona, and "telecommuted" to the Project; we are very glad to have Syd's smiling face among us again! Grant writing activities abounded this spring and we were rewarded for our efforts - more on this later. The encoding area of the Project has been abuzz with activity, and we are, as always, very grateful to our skilled and loyal staff of student encoders. And, sadly, we said "good-bye" to some members of the WWP as they moved on to new and exciting places and projects.

Various staff members have presented papers and have published in a number of journals. Carole Mah, Textbase Coordinator, and Julia Flanders, Textbase Editor, presented "Some Problems of TEI Markup and Early Printed Books" at the ACM Digital Libraries conference in Bethesda, Maryland in March. <Tag> The Sgml Newsletter published Carole Mah's article, "An Exploration of Problems Unique to Descriptive Markup" in its June 1996 issue. John Lavagnino, Textual Analyst, had several scholarly works published this season. His article, "Reading, Scholarship, and Hypertext Editions," was published in Text: Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship 8; and "Completeness and Adequacy in Text Encoding" appeared in The Literary Text in the Digital Age, edited by Richard J. Finneran (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1996). John also coauthored Critical Edition Typesetting with Dominik Wujastyk (San Francisco: TeX Users Group, 1996) which appeared this spring.

The student encoders, as a group, have begun the laborious and long-awaited process of transcribing and marking up texts. In addition, individual encoders have taken on special projects. Jennifer Rowley, WWP's graduate Proctor, provided training in text encoding and sgml to two German students, Uwe Heising and Inge-Marie Kuhl, as part of the WWP's collaboration with the Deutsches Schriftstellerinen Projekt. Paul Caton finished an impressive hypertext presentation on the Countesse of Lincolnes Nurserie as part of our recent request to NEH for additional funding. There is an excerpt from the Countesse of Lincolnes Nurserie and of Paul's DynaText introduction to it in this newsletter.

We said many farewells this spring, and a few hellos. Rebecca Capolungo-Hartman, an undergraduate at Brown and the WWP's Text Distribution Coordinator for the last two years, left us to enjoy a leave of absence from her studies while hiking the Appalachian Trail. Many of you knew Rebecca as the person who promptly responded to your inquiries for information and texts. Gingi Pica, the WWP's Administrative Assistant for the last year, graduated from Brown this spring and has moved to New York City. Gingi worked diligently on projects large and small and brought a joie de vivre to the WWP every day. Greg D'Alesandre, the Project's Computer Consultant for the last several years, also graduated and has moved on to an exciting position at the Massachusetts firm, BBN. Greg's capable attention to computer problems will be sorely missed but we are excited to have as his replacement Kristen Soule, a junior in computer engineering. We also welcome Timothy Farrell as the new Administrative Assistant and Text Distribution Coordinator.

In the coming season WWP staff members will remain equally busy. In November, I will present "'A Sort of Autobiography': The Mysteries of Neith Boyce," at the "All By Myself: the representation of individual identity in autobiographical writings" conference at Groningen University, The Netherlands. Also in November, Julia Flanders will present her paper, "Editorial Methodology and the Electronic Text: Sgml as a tool and a challenge," for the "Electronic Texts and Textuality" seminar at the conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism.

The biggest news around the WWP these days is the receipt of an award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the amount of $400,000 to assist the WWP in assessing the costs of delivering electronic texts by comparing our Internet system with preceding and parallel systems of delivering these same texts. See Mellon Awards Grant for more information about this award. We are profoundly grateful to The Mellon Foundation for this grant and will keep the NewsLetter readership apprised of our progress on this project, aptly named "Renaissance Women Online."

The Mellon award was quite a morale boost for a staff weary of grant writing. The WWP forges ahead with additional requests for funding, with our ultimate goal being the delivery over the World Wide Web of the full textbase by the year 2000. Currently, there are requests outstanding with the National Endowment for the Humanities and Apple Computers, Inc.; and we intend to submit a proposal to the National Science Foundation this fall. These requests are for base funding and closely related projects. However, individual assistance is as vital as ever and we once again encourage your consideration of a tax-deductible donation to the Women Writers Project. You may use the convenient donor card located on the last page of this NewsLetter.

Good luck to all in the coming semester!

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