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Project Name: 
Digital Miscellanies Index
Principal Investigator / Director: 
Professor Abigail Williams
Oxford participants: 
Other Participants: 
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  • Division: Humanities
  • Unit: English Faculty
  • Sub-Unit: not specified
Start Date: 
March 2010
End Date: 
Partner organizations (inside or outside Oxford): 
Leverhulme Trust; Bodleian Library; Faculty of English Language and Literature; The British Academy; The Geffrye Museum, London.
Leverhulme Trust
Subject Area: 
English Language and Literature
Project Description: 

The Digital Miscellanies Index is a freely available online database of over 1500 poetic miscellanies published over the course of the eighteenth century. Poetic miscellanies are vital to understanding the diversity of eighteenth-century literary culture, and in mapping their contents the Index enables researchers to ask questions about who was reading what, when and how with greater scope and precision than ever before. The Index was created over three years, from 2010 to 2013, with funding from the Leverhulme Trust. The Principal Investigator on this project was Professor Abigail Williams, and the Postdoctoral Project Coordinator was Dr Jennifer Batt.

The Digital Miscellanies Index has now entered a second stage of development, with the launch of a new Leverhulme-funded project in September 2014. This project - A New History of Authorship and Reading in the Eighteenth Century - will run until autumn 2017, and one of its principal outcomes will be the relaunch of the Digital Miscellanies Index with major new content and a redeveloped website. While the Index currently records the contents of miscellanies published between 1700 and 1780, the current project is broadening its range to include miscellanies published from 1557 onwards. This has been made possible by the provision of data from other sources - firstly from Verse Miscellanies Online, an online edition of early miscellanies created by Professor Michelle O'Callaghan (Reading), and secondly from the Online Index of Poetry in Printed Miscellanies, 1640-1682, compiled by Dr Adam Smyth (Oxford). The project is led by Abigail Williams, and the Postdoctoral Research Assistant is Dr Carly Watson.

Other projects the participants have been involved in: 
ICT Methods: 
CollaborationResource sharing collaboration
Data CaptureTextual InputManual input and transcription
Data analysisSearching/LinkingSearching and querying
Statistical Analysis
Data publishing and disseminationWeb developmentGeneral website development
Data structuring and enhancementClassifying and linkingRecord linkages structuring
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25/06/2015 16:25:02
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