REED London: Inns of Court is a select presentation of documentary, editorial, and bibliographical materials originally published as the print collection REED: Inns of Court (2010), Alan H. Nelson and John R. Elliott, Jr., eds.
REED London offers dynamic new ways to view, read, and use the records for textual and data analysis. The Inns of Court records provide us with a prototype for future work on London-centric REED research, including material from REED: Ecclesiastical London and REED: Civic London to 1558; ultimately, we hope to be able to produce more and different kinds of records and editorial materials related to performance and music in London and its environs.
As a proof of concept, REED London experiments with concepts of hypermediacy and transposition that are required of us as we honour the print referent while moving away from earlier digital edition forms that served as incunabula as we waited for new digital tools and methods to transform the idea of an edition in digital space. The work presented here is very much in progress, and we will continue to experiment with different ways in which readers can access and negotiate materials to support their own research and learning.
By the end of the first planning phase funded by an NHPRC-Mellon Planning Grant for Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives, we expect to have accomplished the following:
- * Tagged a cross-section of records in TEI, focusing on structure and ciritical annotation, but with increasing focus on semantic markup. These records will be made publicly available through CWRC's CWRC-Writer interface. Users will also be able to access, read, and undertake analysis of the records as a corpus or discreet corpora through CWRC's built-in Voyant, DToC, and HuViz tools.
- * Compiled entity lists of people, places, and organizations listed in the printed REED: Inns of Court index - these entities will be disambiguated against existing authority lists produced by VIAF, Wikidata, DBPedia, and Geonames. Where an authority has not yet been identified, but that is important to REED's work, an authority identifier will be minted in CWRC.
- * Created, edited and/or adapted taxonomies and ontologies of occupations, objects, forms of entertainment, and other information within the REED records that informs research.
- * Established tagging protocols, a responsive schema, and comprehensive documentation in GitHub.
- * Gathered the bibliographical materials (modern and antiquarian) that have underscored REED's London research across collections and projects.
- * Integrated the original editorial essays, notes and glosses, and translations from the three Inns of Court print volumes with the digital forms of the records.
In future, we hope to expand the scope of the materials - in particular, to find new ways to collaborate with other early modern studies scholars and to establish intersections with other digital archival research related to London in the pre-modern era.