Participants in this session will be introduced to the Orlando Project and the interactive textbase at the heart of its work, Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present. Named after Virginia Woolf’s rollicking Orlando: A Biography (1928), the digital humanities project comprises a multidisciplinary group of scholars, students, and technical staff; the online textbase contains connected entries or articles about women’s lives, bodies of writing, and cultural conditions from approximately 600 BCE to our time. This workshop will begin with an outline of the team’s feminist, collaborative practices and an exploration of the textbase itself, focusing on ways that participants can use it to enrich their own research on women’s writing.
In the second part of the workshop we’ll discuss the new phase of Orlando Project activity, Orlando 2.0. Orlando’s original production system required substantial training and drew on the expertise of a limited number of contributors. It is now migrating to the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) platform, whose new production infrastructure includes CWRC-Writer, an open-source, in-browser text markup editor for use in collaborative scholarly editing projects, and other tools, along with systems for managing links and workflow. These changes enable current team members to begin to train interested scholars to become Orlando contributors, allowing the project to draw members of our most dedicated group of scholarly users and experts in women’s writing into the position of collaborators and digital producers. This workshop will allow participants to get a taste of how the collaborative contribution process will work within CWRC.
Workshop participants need not have prior experience in digital humanities.