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EMMO: advancing and expanding

During the last few months, the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project has been gathering strength and reaching farther both inside the Folger Shakespeare Library and outside to individuals and organizations. These actions have translated into the passing of several key milestones, and members of the EMMO team are very excited about what this progress promises for 2015 and beyond.

The Advanced Early Modern English Paleography Workshop, sponsored by EMMO and the Folger Institute in mid-December 2014 was a great success, with 16 early modern scholars from near and far joining together for a whirlwind week of transcribing activity. Heather Wolfe and I carefully considered many of the manuscripts in the Folger’s early modern collection to find works fitting for the participants’ research interests but also sufficiently challenging for everyone involved—in other words, not just secretary hand but hard secretary hand! 


Thanks for the update Paul. It sounds like things are moving along nicely! Will the Zooinerse interface utilize Dromio or are they building their own transcription tool?

Dylan Ruediger — March 8, 2015


Good question, Dylan. Zooniverse will be working with us to build a new transcribing interface for “Shakespeare’s World” with its own set of features (including a tutorial) specifically geared for crowdsourcing, but there may well be some similarities to Dromio since both utilize TEI-based XML and follow the conventions of semi-diplomatic transcription. Dromio will also continue to develop, of course, e.g., we plan to add more functionality to the collation screen this year. As the two interfaces meet different needs, they will most likely remain distinct while sharing certain elements.

Paul Dingman — March 9, 2015


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