|WWP The Project Newsletter Archive Volume 4,Number 1 From the Director|
This is one of those hard ones to write—an announcement and a farewell. I am leaving the Project as of the end of June and shall miss this great team, which has provided so much high-quality work over the past four years that I’ve been Director.
I leave the Project in good shape and in good hands: Allen Renear, a past WWP co-Director and current Director of Brown's Scholarly Technology Group, will serve as Director, with the WWP moving from oversight by the Dean of the Faculty to the Department of Computing and Information Services (CIS). Day-to-day operations are now managed by Julia Flanders, Textbase Editor/Project Manager.
The Project has another full year of NEH and Mellon funding, and there are good efforts being made to mount proposals to other funding sources, both public and private. However, because of the uncertainty of the realization of those efforts, the Dean of the Faculty made the decision to restructure the Project before any funding crisis would be upon us. During the coming year, the Project will focus on technical issues related to the delivery of the textbase as a marketable product, and the management by the Scholarly Technology Group seems a logical and wise solution to this pressing need.
Those of you reading the newsletter are aware of how much progress the Project has made in the past four years: our encoding system is in place, and stable; new texts have been encoded, raising the total in the textbase to nearly 300 at present; and great preparation is being made for electronic delivery of the entire textbase as a scholarly product for use in teaching and research.
I am proud of the fundraising infrastructure that is in place: the Friends of the WWP (FWWP) got off to a good start this past winter, and looks vigorous to maintain its role of helping sustain the Project with undesignated gifts. I greatly enjoyed planning the first FWWP social event in conjunction with Sheila ffolliott this past winter, and was delighted that over 50 people appeared at her Providence home on a dark and stormy night for a warm occasion. It also was a particular pleasure to work with the local community in creating "In Her Own Words: Elizabeth I Onstage and Online" through a program of public performances of the Queen’s words in libraries throughout Rhode Island, funded by the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities.
So, farewell--and happy trails to all of you who have joined me for this journey into the past and future of a humanities computing project. It has been great fun to work here with an incredibly talented group of people. Also, I have enjoyed meeting many of you as representatives of the community of scholars working in the field of early modern women's studies, or as general readers interested in the fate of women's writing. I have learned a great deal and can only speak praise for this project that exemplifies the highest standards of scholarly editing as well as the creativity of high technology. I look forward to witnessing the birth of the electronic WWP textbase, live and in color, in a very short time!
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