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Learning from the Related Projects

I'm sorry that things have been so quiet around here lately; I'm sure you're all facing a late-spring time-crunch right about now as well. I'd like, though, to attempt to get us talking a bit more (all of us, if we can!), by looking closely at some of the projects that we've proposed as bearing some relation to the electronic academic press we're hoping to found. We've created a list of some such projects in the right-hand sidebar (and I'll be adding more suggested projects to it shortly). Please take a look at some of these projects, and then come back here to post some of your thoughts about them. What about these projects should we learn from? What is the greatest strength of these projects, technologically, structurally, intellectually, or otherwise? How would those models be applicable to our plans? How would they need to be modified? What in those projects might be improved upon? Where might we form strategic links and relationships?

I'll look forward to hearing from all of you!


One of the rare examples of an electronic academic press is Rotunda, at the University of Virginia Press:


This includes:

"The American Founding Era Collection brings together original digital works with digital editions of the papers of major figures of the early republic, many of them decades in the making."

Currently published in this series: the Dolley Madison Digital Edition; forthcoming, papers of Washington, Madison, Hamilton.


"The 19th-Century Literature and Culture Collection looks to both America and Britain to provide users with a rich and diverse perspective on the nineteenth century. The collection presents "born-digital" publications alongside digitized versions of multivolume print publications--now fully searchable and interoperable."

Currently published in this series: Clotel (the first African American novel), Melville's Typee (a revision history), Letters of Matthew Arnold, Letters of Christina Rossetti, Journal of Emily Shore.