From Barn Raising to Roadshow: Designing and Building a Web-based XML Editor through Community Collaboration

2013-01-15T12:02:26Z (GMT) by Trevor Munoz
<p>Given that the digital humanities propose new conceptualizations and new methodologies for humanities research, there has always been a strong tradition of tool building within the field—aimed at developing software that could express and help carry out such new approaches. Yet the outcomes of much digital humanities tool building, when these are considered strictly in terms of software produced, must be rated as mixed in terms of uptake and use. The ANGLES Project, a one-year pilot effort, proposes a solution to the adoption gap that has developed between scholars with digital materials and technical developers designing the applications scholars are using for their research. By combining the model of intensive code development (the “code sprint”) with participatory design exercises, testing and feedback from domain experts gathered at internationally-recognized disciplinary conferences, ANGLES will develop a web-based editor for working with XML markup through sustained engagement with the large and active community of scholars, teachers and developers who work with the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) standard. The aim of the project will be to contribute not only a working prototype of a lightweight XML editor tuned to the needs of the TEI community but also another model (the “community roadshow”) for tool building in the digital humanities.</p>