Week 1: personal reflections on the project

Last week I recruited three amazing members to join me in making the Feminist Markup project. We have confirmed our communication methods, preferred meeting times, and ways to manage documents/track progresses. In addition, I have contacted Dr. Laird for available data and the final delivery methods. She and I both believe the lab notes could be submitted to the JWD site as public available essays. This probably could answer the question I received last week about participants’ footprints and credits.

We had a great start, but I also noticed that there would be a big challenge to design a mechanism working under the gaps between the hierarchical trees of XML and scalar definitions of gender and feminism. I am also in Dr. Lisa Rhody’s Feminist Text Analysis course this semester. Our discussion on the scalar and fluid definitions of gender this past Monday in class inspired me a lot. This structural question also exists in ways we do the intertextual encoding. As for directors’ profiles, the intertextuality question could also be seen in networks, influences, co-workers, etc. I will work with my team to read Intertextual Encoding in the Writing of Women’s Literary History.

I also prepared materials for XML-TEI training for the group:

XML/TEI in Five Minutes

CMU DH Literacy Guidebook Elisa Beshero-Bondar How to grow data forests with XML trees

Digital Scholarly Editions: Manuscripts, Texts and TEI 

A very good one I refer to often: https://tei-c.org/Vault/Tutorials/mueller-main.htm

TEI by Example

We are going to design a schedule today to learn and practice XML and write lab entries to record our questions and solutions.

Regarding team management, I went through One Week One Tool recourses and was motivated and inspired by their management models and personal reflections. The readings lead me to the questions: 1. How does our team record our failures and successes and improve the project from our lab notes?  How could we define failures or non-significant results? 2. How to balance our team roles with members’ different available time during the semester?