The Melville Electronic Library (MEL) will consist of several interconnected "rooms" and "studios" in which users will find the different kinds of materials and services to help them conduct their Melville-related research. Thus far, we have projected four such rooms: The Library, Art Gallery, Hypertext Room, and our pedagogical room "First Encounters." Each room will have in it separate areas ("desks" or "studios") containing different categories of materials.
Report on the 2nd Melville Electronic Library Camp (MEL Camp 2)
Hofstra Univeristy - April 23, 2010
John Bryant reported on the progress made with Hofstra's TextLab program, which is encoding texts of Battle-Pieces, Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd for searching, and in the case of manuscripts, editing and interpretation as well.
Kenneth Price and Brett Barney showed new historical materials at the Walt Whitman Electronic Archive on the Civil War.
Steven Olsen-Smith provided an update on progress at Melville's Marginalia Online, now supported by new grants.
Greg Murray, of the University of Virginia Library, talked about his work as a programmer for their digital collections.
Following the presentations, participants worked in groups to discuss major themes of the projected rooms in MEL: War, Art, and the Sea. These working groups focused on ideas for workspaces for scholarship, interactive editing, and play. Among the ideas that emerged from the discussions were a War Room (mapping Melville's Civil War, showing historical artifacts and weaponry); a virtual tour of a whaling ship; and an art gallery displaying the works Melville would have known.
Work is also moving ahead on a Melville Remix tool, which would feature sources and adaptations of Moby-Dick.
For more photos of MEL Camp 2, click here.