Monday, 23 May 2011

Welcome to ReScript

Welcome to this new blog, which will be recording the progress of our JISC-funded project to enhance the usability/learnability of ReScript, our new online editing platform. You won't have seen ReScript yet as it's still in development, but the JISC funding will allow us to consult widely with researchers as we design the interface and, we hope, will result in a resource which is intuitive and fully meets historians' needs.

ReScript is being tested using three very different texts in order to ensure that it is sufficiently flexible to cope with the range of editorial activity undertaken by historians. Two of those identified (Clarendon’s History of the Rebellion and the St. Botolph Aldgate Parish Clerk’s Memorandum Books) already have editorial teams in place. The third, Foster’s Alumni Oxonienses, does not, but is an ideal candidate for a crowd-sourced edition, allowing a comparison between formal and informal editorial structures online.

We hope that you will not only follow our progress here, but also feed your opinions in to the project, whether by filling out an online survey or by taking part in a focus group. We'll post details of ways in which you can participate in the coming weeks. Watch this space!

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