Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Journals of Lewis & Clark Online

I was fortunate enough to have been part of the project team that created The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition online. On this site you can browse the full text of the Nebraska edition of Lewis and Clark's journals.
Also included are a gallery of images, important supplemental texts, and audio files of selected passages plus Native American perspectives. With a focus on full-text searchability and ease of navigation, the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online is intended to be both a useful tool for scholars and an engaging website for the general public.
Over the course of the implementation phase we uploaded about 200 pages a month. In a nutshell, this was our workflow:
  • obtain electronic file for the current volume (either from UNP's archive, from one of our vendors' archives, or by having it rekeyed)
  • send file to UNL Libraries Electronic Text Center for XML coding
  • a printout of the XML file with stylesheet applied comes back to UNP where it is proofread side-by-side with the print edition—not an easy task considering all of the journalists' creative spelling was retained
  • the marked-up hard copy goes back to E-Text where changes are incorporated into the XML file and any other necessary changes are made by UNP to the live site: menu revised, links added, etc.
  • the new pages go live

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