- A database for the Jamaica Manumissions Project
Professor Diana Paton has undertaken the Jamaica Manumissions Project, a study of deed book records held in the Jamaica Archives which detail the manumission, or release from slavery, of several hundred people in Jamaica between the 1740s and the 1830s. Each of 66 deed books contains copies of several hundred manumission deeds, recording details and demographic information of previously enslaved people. CDCS funded the development of an online database to facilitate collection of the data in eight volumes that have already been digitised and paid for data entry for a pilot study of one deed book. This funding has enabled improved database efficiency and automation processes for further data collection, and has enabled the team to gain better insight into the technical requirements and resources needed for a larger scale project.
- The digital publication of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson’s short stories
A collection of unpublished short stories by the American writer Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson was recently discovered in her archives by Dr Robyn Pritzker. As the wife of Robert Louis Stevenson, Fanny Stevenson’s own literary work has been largely overlooked by scholars to date. Robyn has undertaken the digitisation of these stories, in collaboration with Dr Anouk Lang, in order to make them available to the public for the first time. The completed digital edition demonstrates the potential for using TEI markup to illuminate the previously overlooked importance of Stevenson’s work. This project explores what can be achieved with TEI-encoded text, creating the potential for analysis and putting Stevenson’s work back into conversation of nineteenth-century writers and literary-critical understandings of the period.
- Malawian (Hi)stories and the Medical Humanities: An Interactive Digital Repository
Dr Chisomo Kalinga aims to provide the first multidisciplinary archive on medical humanities in Malawi as part of her Wellcome Trust funded project 'Ulimbaso ‘You will be strong again’: How literary aesthetics and storytelling inform concepts of health and wellbeing in Malawi’. The digital archive is an open-source resource that features interactive maps, digital exhibitions, images, videos, games, original documents, which can be cited and exported. CDCS is supporting an upgrade to the digital archive enabling the site to be converted from a personal archive to an international open source data platform. It will provide a historical and modern resource for researchers, academics, health professionals, archivists, and others, allowing researchers to share data for collaborative fieldwork. It will also enable broader analysis that will identify trends in arts, humanities and social science-based approaches to health care, with the capacity to inform policy and research in Scotland, Malawi, and on an international scale.
- Digital Edition of Alice Thornton's Books
Dr Cordelia Beattie and Dr Suzanne Trill are creating a prototype website for a digital edition of four autobiographical manuscripts by Alice Thornton, a seventeenth-century writer, that have important implications for both our understanding of the specific author but also for our general understanding of the composition of such materials in this period. The project aims to produce an online edition in which each text could be read continuously, while also being searchable via an index and keywords. One significant feature of these different manuscripts is that they often refer to the same event in very distinct ways; this project intends to make it possible for these passages to be read side-by-side to facilitate critical analysis.
- Software as research tool for the professional development of teachers and education professionals
Led by Dr Natasa Pantic of Moray House School of Education, this project aims to develop a software that functions both as a research tool and a tool for research-informed professional development of teachers and other education professionals. It builds on a pilot project to improve the functionality of the on-line log for Teacher Reflection on their Agency for Change (TRAC) to enable taking to scale empirical study of the impact of teachers’ social networks. For professional development, the proposal exemplifies network learning based on visualisation of teachers’ and school social networks that can be used in professional development and school improvement. It will enable researchers and teachers anywhere to engage with the web-based log and receive feedback about their own networks.