Hélène has asked me to post to our blog some links to DH work I’ve done in collaboration with both students and faculty from universities other than my own.
First, Ray Siemens (UVic), Claire Warwick (UCL), Paul Dyck (CMU), Alan Galey (UTor), and I did exactly what Hélène noted this morning we cannot do–take apart a book. In fact, we took apart two, and the results were written up and published in Digital Studies / Le champs numérique, accessible here: http://www.digitalstudies.org/ojs/index.php/digital_studies/article/view/152/223 . Of greatest interest, I think, will be the “data” made available by the experiment the article describes. That data, in various forms, can be accessed here: http://etcl-dev.uvic.ca/public/book/ . Many of the images are intentionally very large (and therefore can be slow to download) so as to make it easier to see chain lines, wire lines, watermarks, bleed-through, and even the fibres in the paper. We also set up a virtual lightbox to help show students how much thought was required to compose a forme’s worth of page (so, often, 4 or more book pages per paper page).
Second, I’ve digitised a 16th-century text entitled The Arte of Navigation, and have in fact produced at least 3 digitised ‘editions.’ There must be at least a fourth, since I have not yet achieved a satisfactory mimicry of the printed text, so my work on this text is far from finished. The edition to which the link below points requires that flash be installed in your browser (hence, it won’t work on iPads, and maybe not on other tablets) in order to facilitate the interactivity that I consider to be the most important quality of this particular book. That interactivity can be sampled if you click on the Navigation Instrument 1, 2, or 3 links in the Table of Contents, then on the image itself to which you’ll be taken. Once you have correctly assembled one of those images, you can manipulate it clockwise or counterclockwise, or both. I think Hélène will allow me some time on Wednesday to show this to you, and to explain a little bit why I am not yet satisfied with what I’ve managed to produce so far. The Electronic Arte of Navigation can be viewed, read, and interacted with at http://www.arteofnavigation.ca .