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Project Name: 
Jane Austen's holograph fiction manuscripts: a digital and print resource
Principal Investigator / Director: 
Kathryn Sutherland
Oxford participants: 
Other Participants: 
not specified
  • Division: Humanities
  • Unit: English Faculty
  • Sub-Unit: not specified
Start Date: 
03/2006
End Date: 
30/08/2009
Partner organizations (inside or outside Oxford): 
Marilyn Deegan (King's), Elena Pierazzo (King's), Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London
Funder: 
AHRC
Subject Area: 
English Language and Literature
Project Description: 

Jane Austen's fiction manuscripts are the first significant body of holograph evidence for any British novelist. They represent every stage of her writing career and a variety of physical states: working drafts, fair copies, and handwritten publications for private circulation. The manuscripts were held in a single collection until 1845, when at her sister Cassandra's death they were dispersed. Digitization will enable their virtual reunification and provide the first opportunity to make simultaneous comparison of their different physical and conceptual states; it will facilitate systematic study of Austen's working practices across her career, a remarkably neglected area of scholarship. The aim of this project is to make available all of Jane Austen's surviving fictional manuscript writings that will enable comparison of digital images of these manuscripts with html versions of the texts, in which important features such as revisions, spelling variants, and original formatting are reproduced. Texts collected in this resource include all Austen's extant juvenile fictions; her draft of the two closing chapters of Persusasion, and the unfinished novels The Watsons and Sanditon.

Other projects the participants have been involved in: 
ICT Methods: 
CategorySub-HeadingsDetails
Data CaptureImage capture2d Scanning and photography
Textual InputManual input and transcription
- -Text recognition
Data analysisSearching/LinkingContent-based image retrieval
- -Searching and querying
Text AnalysisCollating
- -Content analysis
Data publishing and disseminationWeb developmentGeneral website development
Data structuring and enhancementClassifying and linkingCataloguing and indexing
- -Record linkages structuring
Image ProcessingImage enhancement
- -Image restoration and rectification
Text EncodingText encoding - descriptive
- -Text encoding - presentational
- -Text encoding - referential
Strategy and project managementICT Project ManagementDocumentation
- -General project management
Last updated: 
25/06/2015 16:24:21
Updated by: 
martinw@ox.ac.uk