Factsheet

Resource reviewed
Title Digital Thoreau
Editorshelp

Bibliographical description of responsible personnel. Please indicate names as “forename surname”.
Paul Schacht
URI http://www.digitalthoreau.org/
Publication Datehelp

Format should be either yyyy, yyyyff. or yyyy-yyyy, e.g. 2007 or 2007-2013
2014
Date of last access 30.12.2015
Reviewer
Surname Kelly
First Name Aodhán
Organization University of Antwerp
Place Belgium
Email aodhan.kelly (at) uantwerpen.be
Documentation
Bibliographic description
Is it easily possible to describe the project bibliographically along the schema “responsible editors, publishing/hosting institution, year(s) of publishing”?
yes
Contributors
Are the contributors (editors, institutions, associates) of the project fully documented?
yes
Contacts
Does the project list contact persons?
yes
Selection of materials
Explanation
Is the selection of materials of the project explicitly documented?
yes
Reasonability
Is the selection by and large reasonable?
yes
Archiving of the datahelp

Choose yes if you have reason to believe that the archiving and long term sustainability of the data is cared for (e.g. because the data is part of a platform that cares for these aspects), even if the documentation makes no explicit statement about it.
Does the documentation include information about the long term sustainability of the basic data (archiving of the data)?
no
Aims
Are the aims and purposes of the project explicitly documented?
yes
Methods
Are the methods employed in the project explicitly documented?
no
Data Model
Does the project document which data model (e.g. TEI) has been used and for what reason?
yes
Help
Does the project offer help texts concerning the use of the project?
yes
Citation
Does the project supply citation guidelines (i.e. how to cite the project or a part of it)?
no
Completion
Does the editon regard itself as a completed project (i.e. not promise further modifications and additions)?
no
Institutional Curationhelp

Select yes, if there is either an explicit claim that continuous maintenance for the project is provided by some institution or you have strong reason to believe that this is the case, even if it is not explicitly claimed, otherwise select no.
Does the project provide information about institutional support for the curation and sustainability of the project?
no
Contents
Previous Edition
Has the material been previously edited (in print or digitally)?
yes
Materials Used
Does the edition make use of these previous editions?
yes
Introduction
Does the project offer an introduction to the subject-matter (the author(s), the work, its history, the theme, etc.) of the project?
yes
Bibliography
Does the project offer a bibliography?
no
Commentary
Does the project offer a scholarly commentary (e.g. notes on unclear passages, interpretation, etc.)?
yes
Contexts
Does the project include or link to external resources with contextual material?
no
Images
Does the project offer images of digitised sources?
yes
Image quality
Does the project offer images of an acceptable quality?
yes
Transcriptions
Is the text fully transcribed?
yes
Text quality
Does the project offer texts of an acceptable quality (typos, errors, etc.)?
yes
Indices
Does the project feature compilations indices, registers or visualisations that offer alternative ways to access the material?
no
Documents
Types of documentshelp

Single manuscript:

a single physical document or a series of documents belonging together, like a multi volume manuscript or a series of notebooks.

Single work:

a single work, e.g. Plato’s Laches, which might be transmitted in multiple manuscripts.

Collection of texts:

several abstract texts across the documents of their transmission, e.g Aristotle’s Physics and Simplicius’ Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics.

Collected works:

a collection of several works of one or several authors, e.g. the works of Plato.

Papers:

a collection of personal or family documents or personal papers.

Archival holding:

the collection of a repository.

Charters:

texts documenting a legal fact by using a special form supporting its validity, e.g. the Magna Carta.

Letters:

letters of one or several authors.

Diary:

one or several diaries of one or several authors.

Which kinds of documents are at the basis of the project?
Single work
Document erahelp

Classics:

before 500 CE.

Medieval:

501 CE until 1500 CE.

Early Modern:

1501 CE until 1800 CE.

Modern:

1801 CE until today.

What era(s) do the documents belong to?
Modern
Subject
Which perspective(s) do the editors take towards the edited material? How can the edition be classified in general terms?
Philology / Literary Studies, Philosophy / Theology
Presentation
Spin-offshelp

App:

any application (for personal computer or mobile devices) apart from browsers with which the project can be accessed.

Mobile:

a browser-version adapted for mobile devices.

PDF:

the project or parts of as PDF files.

other:

other access options apart from HTML-browsers.

Does the project offer any spin-offs?
other: Custom-made social reading edition
Browse byhelp

Structure:

Select this if the project allows browsing by elements used to structure a text, e.g. chapters, sections, paragraphs, etc.

Documents:

Select this if the project offers to browse by individual source objects, e.g. by the individual letters in a letter-edition, the individual charters in a charter-edition, etc.

Images:

Select this if the project allows browsing by facsimile (e.g. through a gallery).

By which categories does the project offer to browse the contents?
Versions, Structure, Pages
Search
Simple
Does the project offer a simple search?
no
Advancedhelp

Any search that offers more complex search than just a word or a phrase, e.g. boolean operators, wildcards, restricted search, etc.
Does the project offer an advanced search?
no
Wildcardhelp

Any search that offers to substitute a defined set of possible characters by special characters, e.g. ‘king*’ searching for ‘king’, ‘kings’, ‘kingdom’, etc.
Does the search support the use of wildcards?
not applicable
Indexhelp

Select yes if it is possible to access an index of a search field, e.g. if the search field ‘author’ is present, a list of all authors the project contains is accessible.
Does the search offer an index of the searched field?
not applicable
Suggest functionalitieshelp

Any search that offers possible search as soon as the first characters are typed into the search field.
Does the search offer autocompletion or suggest functionalities?
not applicable
Helptexthelp

Texts that explain how to use the search function, e.g. explanation of wildcard characters, operators, etc.
Does the project offer help texts for the search?
not applicable
Aim
Audience
Who is the intended audience of the project?
Scholars, Interested public
Typologyhelp

Facsimile Edition:

Focuses on the visual layer of texts with additional information for access and understanding; no transcription.

Archive Edition:

Focuses on the width of a work, the documents of its transmission, its context; aims at completeness.

Documentary Edition:

Related to the school of “documentary editing”, focuses on the documents rather than on abstract texts; tries to give truthful representations of the documents with (often: diplomatic) transcription and additional information.

Diplomatic Edition:

Focuses on the text (not the visual layer) of documents, tries to give a transcription as accurate as possible.

Genetic Edition:

Focuses on the genesis of texts, usually on the level of microgenesis (within a document) sometimes on the level of macrogenesis (across documents).

Work Critical Edition:

Focuses on the (potentially: complete) work of an author, aims at completeness on the level of the abstract work (and what needs to be presented to accomplish this).

Which type fits best for the reviewed project?
Enriched Edition
Method
Critical editinghelp

Transmission examined:

Attempt to establish the transmission of the text, the results of which are traditionally reflected in a Stemma Codicum.

Palaeographic annotations:

Accounts of the palaeographic dimension of a text.

Normalization:

Has the orthography been normalised according to a chosen standard (e.g. ’seyn’ to ’sein’).

Variants:

Accounts of textual variants, i.e. textual differences between documents transmitting the same text.

Emendation:

Corrections or revisions have been applied to the text.

Commentary notes:

Comments regarding any of the phenomena mentioned before or other textual phenomena (not regarding the content).

In how far is the text critically edited?
Variants
Standards
XML
Is the data encoded in XML?
yes
Standardized data model
Is the project employing a standardized data model (e.g. TEI)?
yes
Types of texthelp

Facsimiles:

Any copy of historical documents.

Diplomatic transcription:

Transcription of the document taking account of features like spelling, punctuation, abbreviations, deletions, insertions, alterations, etc.

Edited text:

A reading text as constituted by the editor(s), based on procedures like recensio, examinatio, emendatio, correction, normalization, modernization etc.

Translations:

Any translations into languages different from that of the original text.

Commentaries:

Scholarly commentary on the content of the documents.

Semantic data:

Transformation of the text (e.g. an account book) into a database or representation of its content as RDF or the like.

Which kinds or forms of text are presented?
Facsimiles, Edited text
Technical Accessability
Persistent Identification and Addressinghelp

DOI:

Digital Object Identifier according to the definition of The International DOI Foundation. The DOIs should be resolvable through http://doi.org/.

ARK:

Archival Resource Key according to the definition of the California Digital Library. An ARK URL contains the label: ‘ark’ after the URL’s hostname.

URN:

Uniform Resource Name using the urn: scheme. URNs always start with the label ’urn:’.

PURL.ORG:

Persistent Uniform Resource Locator using the PURL concept and administered by the Online Computer Library Centre.

other service:

Choose this if an external service other than the above options is used.

Persistent URLs:

Choose this if the project promises permanent URLs or uses a local resolving system between URLs and underlying technical addresses but does not use any of the external services mentioned in the options.

none:

Choose this if no persistent identifiers and adressing system are used at all.

Are there persistent identifiers and an addressing system for the edition and/or parts/objects of it and which mechanism is used to that end?
none
Interfaces
Are there technical interfaces like OAI-PMH, REST etc., which allow the reuse of the data of the project in other contexts?
none
Open Accesshelp

Are the contents of the presentation freely accessible without subscription fee?
Is the edition Open Access?
yes
Accessibility of the basic datahelp

Basic data: the data from which the HTML or other spin-offs have been produced, e.g. the XML of a specific part of the project. If the basic data is only accessible as a download package containing the entire data, select ’no’ here.
Is the basic data (e.g. the XML) of the project accessible for each part of the edition (e.g. for a page)?
no
Downloadhelp

Can the basic data be downloaded as a whole via HTTP- or FTP-Link, i.e. not only individual parts like the XML of a specific part of the project.
Can the entire raw data of the project be downloaded (as a whole)?
yes
Reuse
Can you use the data with other tools useful for this kind of content?
yes
Rights
Declared
Are the rights to (re)use the content declared?
no
Licensehelp

CC0:

Creative Commons license CC0 applied.

CC-BY:

Creative Commons license CC-BY applied.

CC-BY-ND:

Creative Commons license CC-BY-ND applied.

CC-BY-NC:

Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC applied.

CC-BY-SA:

Creative Commons license CC-BY-SA applied.

CC-BY-NC-ND:

Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND applied.

CC-BY-NC-SA:

Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-SA applied.

PDM:

Work is in the Public Domain.

Under what license are the contents released?
No explicit license / all rights reserved
Personnel
Editors Paul Schacht
Programmers Leah Root
Advisors Noelle A. Baker
Kristen Case
Ronald E. Clapper
Ryan Cordell
Allen Harding
Sandra Harbert Petrulionis
Donald Ross, Jr
Christian Wach
Elizabeth Hall Witherell
Contributors Jeffrey S Cramer
Michael J. Frederick
Kate Pitcher
Liz Argentieri
Ken Cooper
Joan Cottone
Donna Hanna
Ed Gillin
Alice Rutkowski
Caroline Woidat
Kyle Minerley
Matthew Spitzer

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Published: Jun 2016

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