CWRC (The Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory) Workshop

Post-Conference Workshop

Dr. Susan Brown
University of Guelph/University of Alberta


Susan Brown is Professor of English at the University of Guelph and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. She works on Victorian literature, women’s writing, and digital humanities. All of these interests inform the online literary history Orlando: Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present (co-‐edited; Cambridge UP, 2006), collaboratively produced with more than 100 researchers . She leads development of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory. Ruth Knechtel is the Project Manager for the Canadian Writing and Research Collaboratory (CWRC). She received her Ph.D. in English from York University and has been published in English Literature in Transition, Victorian Institutes Journal, and The Journal of Pre-­‐Raphaelite Studies. In addition, she is a Research Collaborator with The Yellow Nineties Online.

Description of Workshop

This workshop will appeal to scholars, students, and writers who work in the fields of literature, particularly Canadian literature, Canadian Studies, Library Science, and/or Digital Humanities. Participants are welcome to attend this workshop in order to pursue a particular project or with a view to exploring generally the CWRC infrastructure. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with materials related to their research on writing (texts, images, biographies, and/or bibliographic materials, or raw materials on which they want to draw to create born-­‐digital scholarship). They will be able to create collections, add items to those collections, create new items, and link to other items housed within the CWRC repository.

The workshop, on the afternoon of Sunday, April 28th, will offer a range of activities, including hands-on help with getting started in CWRC for early adopters, evaluating tools and prototypes, and providing input on our interface strategy.

Provisional topics:

  • User/collection setup and general orientation in CWRC interface
  • Ingestion processes (upload of text images, metadata provision, optical character recognition, named entity recognition, manual editing)
  • CWRCWriter (born‐digital text creation and manual editing of digitized text)
  • Entity management (ensuring interoperability with other CWRC projects and world of linked open data)
  • Workflow management (tracking items towards completion)
  • Dynamic Table of Contexts Browser (reading environment that leverages semantic markup)
  • Visualization tools (visualize individual or collections of texts on which you work)
  • Navigation and design (critical engagement with CWRC’s initial interface and projected design)