Thanks for posting a write up of yesterday's meeting. I have a couple of questions.
• KS-R should be KS-W shouldn't it? (i.e. Kim Shortweed-Web).
• In addition to names, Kim will be expected to mark up ship names and places. In addition to abstract writing I think that Kim should also create a subjects headings for each dispatch and attachments. There is list of B.C. Subject headings available from the AABC (the Association of B.C. Archivists) from which we may wish to create a separate table in the data base. I'll look into this and e-mail you the list. There is also a list of place names - a gazetteer for B.C. which I can send you if think it would be useful in choosing standard place names. Finally, the Maritime Museum has, I believe a list of ship names that I can also look into right away.
• In addition I think we said that Kim might have to do some scanning to supplement, where it is needed, some other materials mainly microfilms.
• The question of whether we have two websites or one is very tricky. I agree that it would make sense to keep everything in the same database if possible. However, if you look at one of the Mystery sites: they are very self-contained. In the application I referred to two separate websites: bcgenisis_learn and bcgenisis_search. The learn site would contain each of the four mysteries i.e. the selected transcripts, maps, and photographs together with the teaching materials. The search would be (as now) to allow unfettered searching. My concern about combining the two would be that it could lead to confusion if grade five students can easily hit the wrong key and end up in the search interface and not know how to navigate back to where they were. I would like to hear more from John on this before we decide whether the two websites should be combined into one. But I certainly agree wholeheartedly with your point that everything should be xml or xhtml so that it standards compliant into the future. Another side issue is that the learn database will have to link to some material that we don’t have within eXist (ie. The CHIM documents, etc. at LAC.) Would this be a problem?
• I think that JL said that he was going to approach Jim to write an introduction to the VI 1846-1859 material.
• I am wondering whether the mystery that I am trying to solve with regards the setting up of a separate crown colony for B.C. in 1858 rather than annexing it to VI shouldn’t be one of the “compelling narratives” in this section. I have found some very compelling narrative visa vie the conditions in Vancouver Island in the Commons Committee on Hudson’s Bay licence Hearing, 1857 (available as a early Canadian online document). One Mr. Cooper airs a lot of dirty linen about lack of progress and perhaps even corruption in the VI colony as well as about the intriguing possibility of the mainland. This testimony certainly was influential in the thinking around the two colony rather than one debate, the non renewal of HBC licence for the island, and probably in Douglas being asked to drop his HBC position. So it might be interesting to build a “mystery” around this issue. I must talk to JL about it.
Met for an hour and a half to discuss plans related to the ACDP grant. Outcomes:
Changed off-campus access settings, and also made various changes to the print stylesheet at JH's request, to reduce font sizes, line spacing and margins, so less paper is wasted when people print.
Long project meeting, to determine plans for the summer and fall. Details to note:
<bibl>tag so they can be harvested and reworked later for a proper systematic bibliography.
Based on work done in the workshop last week, and article is taking shape, and this morning I had two hours of enforced solitude in a medical lab waiting room, with my laptop, so I was able to get some useful writing done. I have about 1500 words already, along with some diagrams, an overall plan, and some further notes; JL and JH will be able to fill in some of the gaps in knowledge and content which are outside my expertise, and I think we'll have something quite interesting when we're done. Although I was out of the office, I'm putting this down as work time; it was more productive than being in the office, actually.
Wrote some simple XSLT to extract the text from the body of the documents, and set it running against the collection; the results will be my base data for the text analysis workshop next week, and will also probably be handy for topic recognition etc. in future.
Met with JL and PS to discuss short-term plans for PS's work, and some key decisions. Out of that:
The Colonial Despatches is an XML database project which is creating a digital archive containing the original correspondence between the British Colonial Office and the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The project lives at http://bcgenesis.uvic.ca, and the web application runs on the Pear dev Tomcat. The XML data is managed in SVN at http://revision.tapor.uvic.ca/svn/coldesp/.
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