Modernist Commons mini-workshop

Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the Modernist Commons ( — a digital repository, editorial workbench, and critical-edition publication platform designed by Editing Modernism in Canada ( It integrates a wide range of open-source systems and tools (Islandora, Tesseract OCR, CWRC-Writer, Shared Canvas, Internet Archive Viewer, Open Seadragon Viewer, Calliope, and CollateX). With these tools, users can ingest images and generate transcriptions, as well as edit and mark up both transcriptions and images using a single graphical interface, which supports overlapping TEI-XML and RDF markup. Users can also perform algorithmically generated collations of transcriptions, which can be visualized in several ways. The Modernist Commons provides a critical-edition interface so that editors can assemble images, audio and video, critical apparatus, and variant visualizations in a configurable reading environment.

Led by Dean Irvine

Dean Irvine is an associate professor at Dalhousie University. He is the founder and director of the open-source software, web design, and consulting company Agile Humanities Agency. Since 2008, he has been the director of Editing Modernism in Canada and, since 2004, the general editor of the Canadian Literature Collection at the University of Ottawa Press. His publications include Editing Modernity: Women and Little Magazine Cultures in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2008), Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada, co-edited with Smaro Kamboureli, (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016), Making Canada New: Editing, Modernism, and New Media, co-edited with Bart Vautour and Vanessa Lent (University of Toronto Press, 2016), and Translocated Modernisms: Paris and Other Lost Generations, co-edited with Emily Ballantyne and Marta Dvorak (University of Ottawa Press, 2016).

CWRCshop 3: The Orlando Project and Orlando 2.0

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.

Check out the Orlando project on our website, textbase, Twitter, or Facebook page for more information.