The month of December was devoted to the following activities: -Refining the corpus of documents, selecting 30 additional textual documents for the Franklin mystery web site, and inputting of metadata and submission of the texts for transcription. Apart from the Eber oral histories to be researched, 9-13 January, only six or seven documents remain to be processed and these will be submitted by 6 January. -Assembling of 75 additional images for the web sites, including 25 from the artifact collection at the National Maritime Museum and 50 from Parks Canada`s Underwater Archaeology collection of Franklin search photographs. -Completing a draft of all essays for different components of the web site. -Submitting a request for permission and the waiving of fees for the use of 34 images from the National Maritime Museum, including the 25 photographs of artifacts. -Seeking and securing permission from the Canadian Museum of History to reproduce excerpts from the Dorothy Eber Encounters on the Passage collection of oral histories with Inuit regarding the Franklin expedition. Summary: To date, 73 textual documents totalling about 65,000 words have been submitted for transcription, and the remaining 6 or 7 documents comprising about 7,000 words will be submitted by 6 January 2014. The draft essays comprise 11,000 words. Owing to uncertainty as to whether the taped interviews with Franklin experts will need to be transcribed and translated into French, I have kept the word totals for the documents and essays to about 83,000 words, less than the projected 90,000 words. As well, we don’t know yet the number of excerpts from Inuit oral histories in the Dorothy Eber collection that should be included and the projected word totals. Further, the annotations on the Parks Canada images will generate some additional texts to be translated. I should be able to establish the numbers precisely following my trip to Ottawa, 9-16 January. As requested by the executive director, I have identified 75 additional Franklin-related images to complement the 52 identified to date. These include the images of Franklin artifacts at the National Maritime Museum and another 50 Parks Canada photos of the search for the ships. This makes a total of about 125 images selected for the Franklin mystery web site. January will be devoted to entering the metadata for all selected images and the small number of remaining texts, carrying out interviews with Franklin experts in Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver; researching the Eber tapes at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, transcribing excerpts from the Eber tapes and submitting them with metadata for processing, and editing the essays in collaboration with Peter Gossage, co-research director. Following review by the team this month, all documents and essays will be submitted by 31 January and licensing agreements submitted for the remaining images selected for the web site. Lyle Dick Research Director The Franklin Mystery 2 January 2014
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