• REED and the Prospect of Networked Data

    Author(s):
    Diane Jakacki (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern, GS Drama and Performance, TC Digital Humanities
    Subject(s):
    Digital humanities, Drama, Early modern studies
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Conference of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies 2016
    Conf. Org.:
    Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies
    Conf. Loc.:
    Calgary, Canada
    Conf. Date:
    May 28-30, 2016
    Tag(s):
    drama, english, theatre, performance
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CK59
    Abstract:
    In today’s DH environment, where big data and linked data are increasingly the focus of scholars looking for ways to extend their research questions through more expansive and complementary datasets, what is the role of the individual research project? Is its value now truly in integration and association and aggregation with other datasets? I will be looking at the Records of Early English Drama project, which is in the process of articulating and implementing its digital identity. We are working to ensure that this decades-long project, comprising 23 collections in some 34 volumes with over 17,000 printed pages and multiple small born-digital editions of references dating from 1100-1650, is sustained not only in a data sense, but also maintaining the editorial, bibliographical and indexical processes that continue to serve as best practice for this archival, bibliographical project. REED is a big corpus but not necessarily big data, comprised as it is of records ranging from payments for performance to costume lists to legal ordinances and law suits to contracts. So how do we stabilize that data in order to share it with other research projects, and perhaps more importantly with prepare it for incorporation into the EMNS environment? I will be looking at how we extend from a patron-centric online resource (Patrons & Performances) to digging into individual records that include names of people who *might* have value to other scholars (local, regional, and national political and religious authorities, witnesses in legal cases, stewards an clerks in private households … ) Anticipating possible uses for such information while retrofitting the existing dataset we will be able to create moments for digital interlocution - if not fully linking data - across projects and resources.
    Notes:
    This paper was given as part of a panel entitled "Early Modern Social Networks and Network Analysis" on May 30, 2016. It represents the ongoing consideration of the Record of Early English Drama's development as an online interoperable resource.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial

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