Meet a TCP Editor: Sarah Wingo

My name is Sarah Wingo. I am in my second and final year at the University of Michigan’s School of Information (UM-SI) working on my master of science in information, and recently completed my third week as a part-time editor for the Text Creation Partnership (TCP).

TCP is tucked away in a strip of the Hatcher Graduate library‘s third floor north stacks, in what is known as “the cage.” Even if you stumbled across the cage in your search for a book or journal housed in the Asia Library stacks, which share the third floor with TCP, it’s likely you wouldn’t know what we were all up to hard at work over our computers.  I first learned about the University of Michigan’s branch of TCP last summer while doing an internship funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), dealing with digital preservation for MLibrary. My supervisor at the time wanted me to have the opportunity to see the variety of work being done at the library, and on a visit to MPublishing I happened to meet the Text Creation Partnership Project Outreach Librarian Rebecca Welzenbach, who explained the project to me.

My personal interest in TCP stems from my educational background prior to coming to UM-SI. I did an MA in English at the University of Birmingham’s Shakespeare Institute, where I specialized in Shakespeare and other early modern English dramatists.  I then chose to pursue a library science degree because while working towards my MA, I frequently used special collections and became increasingly interested in the stewardship of rare books and manuscripts and in using technology and digital media to create new ways of accessing and interacting with these materials. The TCP is an interesting fit for me because it combines my interest in early English texts with the technological aspects of creating access for the scholarly community that first sparked my interest in librarianship.

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Conference Organizers reflect on “Revolutionizing Early Modern Studies”? EEBO-TCP in 2012

This conference report was contributed by Judith Siefring, a TCP editor at the University of Oxford, with contributions from Pip Willcox, also an editor at Oxford and the main organizer of the 2012 conference. 

The publication of the proceedings of the conference “Revolutionizing Early Modern Studies”? The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership in 2012, held in Oxford on the 17th and 18th September 2012, was a cause for great celebration for those of us involved in its organization. The conference coincided with the tenth year of production for the TCP in Oxford and it allowed us to reflect on the impact that the corpus has had on research and teaching in the early modern period, and to explore planned and potential developments for the future.

The conference was opened by Dr Richard Ovenden, Associate Director of the Bodleian Libraries, who has been an important advocate for the TCP since its inception. Richard introduced our keynote speaker, Dr John Lavagnino of King’s College London, who delivered a superb survey of “Scholarship in the EEBO-TCP Age”. John set the tone for the whole conference by exploring the philosophical questions and practical challenges of digital scholarship. He explained the importance of the TCP production model – transcribed rather than OCRed text – and considered the kinds of work that the corpus allows scholars to do, either uniquely in digital rather than print form, or very significantly faster than previously possible. John also introduced what would become a recurring theme in the conference – that EEBO-TCP is “everywhere in early modern studies, though largely hidden: overt citation and discussion are minimal”. This citation problem has been followed up recently in a SECT project focus group on digital citation, and research methodologies in the humanities remains a topic ripe for further discussion.

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Proceedings of EEBO-TCP Conference now available

We are pleased to announce that the proceedings of “‘Revolutionizing Early Modern Studies’? The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership in 2012,” the conference held September 17-18 at the University of Oxford, are now available online via Oxford’s Research Archive. The proceedings include 14 papers based on the 21 presentations and five posters that made up the conference program (all presenters were invited to submit their papers to be included in the proceedings).

This news provides an opportunity to reflect on the conference, where we were impressed by the enthusiasm and scholarship of the delegates, grateful for their feedback, and humbled by their commitment to continuing to work with and improve EEBO-TCP. The energy generated by their presentations and the surrounding discussion was infectious. Tweets from the conference have been Storified, and Martin Mueller has published a thorough and thoughtful report on the program on his blog. We invite you to reflect on these comments about the conference, with the full text of the papers at hand. We also look forward to sharing with you the reflections of two EEBO-TCP staff, who will be reporting out in two future posts. Stay tuned!

Conference delegates may still submit their papers to be added to the proceedings: contact eebotcp@bodleian.ox.ac.uk