This collection is distinctively poised between digital genres: with over 400 texts (approximately 11 million words), the collection is sizeable and well beyond the scope of a typical scholarly edition, but the level of detail and human attention represented in the encoding distinguishes it from typical large-scale text digitization efforts. Given such size and complexity, the management of error and inconsistency while encoding these texts in XML is a crucial task.
Sarah Connell is the assistant director of the Women Writers Project and of the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern University. Her recent publications include two chapters on text encoding and transformation, co-authored with Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman for a textbook on the digital humanities; an article, “Meta(data)morphosis,” co-authored with Ashley Clark; and “The Poetics and Politics of Legend: Geoffrey Keating’s Foras Feasa ar Éirinn and the Invention of Irish History,” published in the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Her current research activities include a text encoding and analysis project, Making Room in History, which examines the ways that medieval and early modern writers invoked historical and legendary materials to construct arguments about sovereignty. She held a 2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT, during which she collaborated with Diana Henderson to develop and teach an online module on The Merchant of Venice for the MITx platform.