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Women Writers Project 

Brown University Women Writers Project Home Page 

STG lead(s): Julia Flanders

Initiated in 1985, the Women Writers Project is devoted to research on early women's writing and electronic text encoding. The WWP's main undertaking is an SGML-encoded full-text database of pre-Victorian women's writing in English, recently published as Women Writers Online. This collection currently includes nearly 200 texts representing a broad cross-section of the literate culture of pre-Victorian Britain. It supports teaching and research in a wide range of disciplines such as English, history, women's studies, comparative literature, and religious studies.

The WWP also conducts extensive research on the methodologies and technologies which support this collection. Closely linked with the Text Encoding Initiative since its beginning, the WWP has worked on testing the TEI Guidelines for use with early printed books and has documented significant modifications to the TEI which accommodate the special features of these texts. The WWP has also prepared documentation and training materials which specify which TEI elements are used and exactly how and where they are to be applied. Equal attention has been paid to the details of editorial and transcription methodology, resulting in detailed guidelines for WWP internal training and for the benefit of WWP users. The WWP has also contributed to current international discussions of editorial theory and text encoding.

STG has always been closely involved with the WWP, initially by providing general computing support. More recently we have developed utilities to support online publication and programs to regularize features of textbase content.

The WWP became a part of STG in 1998, resulting in a shared administrative structure and increased collaboration among staff members. 

Principal Investigator(s) or Parent Project Lead(s):
Allen Renear
Scholarly Technology Group, Brown University 

Research domains: full-text retrieval 
Type: project 
Components and related resources:
WWP Textbase Delivery Description 
WWP Website Description 
Typographic Regularization in the WWP Textbase 

STG involvement initiated: 1994   Status:ongoing 
  Funding support: National Endowment for the Humanities
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Computing and Information Services 

  Record last modified: 13-Sep-2005 

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