Prosopography 3/16/15 — 3/20/15

People, Places, and Events (Prosopography)

Week 8:

Monday, March 16

      • Discuss how our spreadsheet is becoming a database and involves data and metadata
    • Today we are going to sort the data that you all compiled before break.  We are going to be using this data in the next module on network visualization that we start next Monday.
      • make a copy of the data sheet
      • sort the data by using the “sort sheet by column” function
      • sort the data by “people”.  Highlight the columns C-F.  Copy and paste into a new spreadsheet
      • make a copy of this people spreadsheet
      • Add a column for gender.  Mark in gender M or F
      • repeat this process from 2) but this time sort by “place”.
      • Highlight the columns C-L.
      • Copy and paste into a new spreadsheet
      • make a copy of this place spreadsheet
      • Can we use this process to examine relationships between people and people?  people and place? People and time and place?

Wednesday, March 18

Introduction to digital edition online publication. Why do we publish digitally? What does it get us that traditional print publication doesn’t?

“Publish” preliminary Digital Edition pages locally in desktop browser environment.  Experiment with CSS. Instructions for experimenting with CSS.

Friday March 20

  • Metadata and Prosopography
    Make decisions as a group about which markup we want to emphasize for group edition.
  • Discuss weekend assignment

Sunday, 3/ 22        Submission of individual excerpts and blog reflection.

Prompt for Blog #4

Close reading allows us to consider at a micro level how an author expresses her/himself using specific terms, descriptions of people and places, and observations about his/her experiences. Over the last two weeks you have worked intensively, learning TEI-compliant XML markup and applying it to your transcriptions. How has the process of marking up your transcription affected your understanding of the text How has the process of collaborating as an editorial board with your peers changed your understanding of how edited texts are produced. For example, how did you resolve disputes over event vs. time or place vs. object? Write at least 400 words on this topic.

In your response to these questions please include at least three points made by Elena Pierazzo in her article, “A Rationale of Digital Documentary Editions” – in particular, how she considers the richness of the marked up text as a form of intellectual engagement with its interpretation. As well, include at least two illustrative screenshots from your marked up text in the <oXygen/> editing environment that illustrate your argument. Give your post the category “Blog #4″ and at least five tags that help you to explain your work. In addition, choose one of your classmates’ posts and give them feedback in the Comment box. Your comment should be 75 words in length and respond to a specific argument that is made in the post. For example, your comment might identify a correlation between your own post and one you see in your classmate’s work.

  • By the end of this blended module students will have produced or contributed to the production of:
    An individual properly validated TEI file of a segment of the master excerpt that includes robust (but not excessive) markup.
    An individual properly validated TEI file featuring details about a person or place.
    A well-developed collaborative prosopography database in Google spreadsheet
    A compiled digital edition of the master excerpt that is “live” online.

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