Digitizing Edith Wharton's LIbrary
The EdithWhartonsLibrary.org project began during the summer of 2015 with funding from the University of North Dakota. Work on this project is multi-phased and ongoing, and is made possible through the collaborative efforts of a number of scholars, students, researchers, and curators working in cooperation with The Mount estate in Lenox, MA.
- PHASE I activities include the initial scanning and digitization of library materials; manual transcription of hand-written annotations and inscriptions; and the initial consctruction of the EWL.org beta site.
- PHASE II activities include the uploading and arranging of item files; the configuration of metadata, search, and OCR functions for individual items / .pdf files; user-testing and trials of the beta site, in consultation with Edith Wharton Society members and interested scholars; and the creation of the EWL.org site orientation video.
- PHASE III activities include incorporating feedback from user-testing and trials; upgrading and transfering site content to new, high-capacity server / domain space; replacing partial digital files with full-text scans (especially for heavily annotated items); promoting the newly constructed site and inviting users to interact with and access its data; and ongoing maintenance.