TEXTE: Transfer of Expertise in Technologies of Editing


Professor Sean RyderProject Leader
Dr Paul CatonPostdoctoral Researcher
Dr Tim McLoughlinPostdoctoral Researcher
Dr. John MouldenPostdoctoral Researcher
Dr Malte RehbeinPostdoctoral Researcher


Dr Sean Ryder, of the Department of English, NUI, Galway, has been awarded over €1,027,000 under the EU 6th Framework Programme to direct a Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge project entitled: "TEXTE (Transfer of Expertise in Technologies of Editing)". This project will fund six post-doctoral European researchers to work at NUI, Galway, creating electronic archives and editions of historical and literary texts using new technologies of imaging, text-encoding, editing, and hypermedia publication. While at NUI, Galway, the incoming researchers will also lead training workshops for staff and students to demonstrate current theories and techniques of digital editing and electronic text creation. By bringing traditional humanities disciplines such as literature and history into contact with advanced computer technology and software design, the project represents a major interdisciplinary initiative, and will enable NUI, Galway to become a major international centre for this growing area of research.

The six researchers will be hosted by the Arts Faculty's Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change over a four-year period. NUI, Galway staff and researchers will also attend workshops and observe projects underway at international centres of expertise, including the universities of London, Oxford, Birmingham, Leicester, Munich, Antwerp, Ghent and Virginia. The project will build upon the expertise and infrastructure created by previously-funded programmes at the Centre, including the PRTLI 2 research agenda funded by the HEA, and the new Thomas Moore Hypermedia Archive, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

According to Dr Ryder, "Creating electronic editions and web-based archives of important historical and literary works makes cultural heritage globally accessible, a development that will benefit readers who may not have easy access to large scholarly libraries. It also helps to preserve old and rare manuscripts or printed works by creating digital surrogates that can be used without the risk of damage to the fragile originals. Just as important is the effect of new technologies on the way we interact with literary texts. A digital edition of the work of Thomas Moore's nineteenth-century Irish Melodies, for example, can give the reader a rich experience by supplying not just the words of Moore's songs, but also images of the original illustrations, images of the original manuscript versions, reprints of musical scores, and audio files of musical performances, with web links to a wide range of historical information and critical opinion. And for scholars, such electronic editions are instantly searchable and comprehensively indexed in ways that printed editions can never be."

TEXTE is one of only two Social Science/Humanities projects from across Europe to be funded in the current round of Marie Curie Actions. It was selected from a total of 289 proposals drawn from the social sciences, physical sciences and engineering.

The Correspondence of James Barry (ed. Tim McLoughlin) http://www.texte.ie/barry/