Training and Work Practices Contract

MoEML is a SSHRC-funded project, which means I, as Project Director, have two obligations: (1) to ensure that the work is completed within the timeline of the grant; and (2) to offer learning opportunities to students. In my SSHRC application (which functions like my contract with the Canadian public), I outlined the following training plan (slightly revised for 2013):


I follow an apprenticeship model in teaching RAs. After I introduce RAs to the project-specific resources and tool, I assign the student increasingly difficult tasks while gradually giving him or her more autonomy in individual tasks and a greater role in the collaboration. We do a certain amount of co-researching and writing until the student has internalized MoEML’s standards and learned to write scholarly prose for the digital environment. The transferable learning outcomes for the RAs who will be engaged primarily in research, writing, and editing are as follows:
The RAs who become encoders will master some of the above outcomes, plus the following ones:
  • Have excellent text encoding skills, sufficient to encode a document based on pre-established templates.
  • Be able to troubleshoot basic encoding problems.
  • Be able to work with a team of designers, researchers, and other encoders.
  • Know how to document workflow.
  • Record metadata consistently.


As my part of this contract, I (or my delegates acting on my behalf) will offer the opportunities to acquire the skills and to achieve the learning outcomes listed above.
As your part of this contract, you agree to do the following:
  • Attend team meetings when called to do so.
  • Answer emails promptly (within 24 hours).
  • Report via email to the Research Fellow if you are not able to work at your scheduled time.
  • Report on your progress to the whole team at meetings.
  • Report to the Project Director and/or Research Fellow and/or Programmer when asked to do so.
  • Check out the MoEML files from SVN when you begin a work session.
  • Commit your changes to SVN regularly throughout your work session and at the end of your work session.
  • Save all your MoEML work (including but not limited to research notes, planning documents, and encoding notes) to the working_files folder in SVN so that they are accessible to everyone.
  • Keep records of your research in the notebooks provided by MoEML.
  • Keep MoEML passwords and user ids confidential.
  • Record your hours and activities regularly and accurately in the spreadsheet provided by MoEML.
  • Seek help early and often.
  • Bring forward suggestions and observations that might improve MoEML and/or team practices.
  • Teach other team members when they need the skills and knowledge that you have acquired.


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MLA citation

Jenstad, Janelle. Training and Work Practices Contract. The Map of Early Modern London, edited by Janelle Jenstad, U of Victoria, 26 Jun. 2020,

Chicago citation

Jenstad, Janelle. Training and Work Practices Contract. The Map of Early Modern London. Ed. Janelle Jenstad. Victoria: University of Victoria. Accessed June 26, 2020.

APA citation

Jenstad, J. 2020. Training and Work Practices Contract. In J. Jenstad (Ed), The Map of Early Modern London. Victoria: University of Victoria. Retrieved from

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