INKE ID members have been studying the interface changes of the Perseus project for over a year. The Perseus project is a digital library of materials and resources from ancient Greece through modern America. Established in 1987, the website now assembles digital collections of primary and secondary materials. We have recorded every big change to the Perseus interface using wayback machine, and have made inferences about what caused the changes. Last Friday we had a collaborative meeting with the runners of Perseus, Gregory Crane and Lisa Cerrato, and discussed the basic situation and inferences of early Perseus interfaces. Now Perseus is facing a new period of connection between Tufts and Leipzig, so this is a good time to take a look back, summarize the project’s history, and rethink its current design.
The INKE ID panel submitted an abstract to DH 2013 and was accepted in early February. DH 2013 will be held in Nebraska in the summer. Stan Ruecker will introduce the INKE project and the design of new knowledge environment. Then the presentation will be ordered as below:
Designing the Interface Within the Interface: Legibility and Readability in the Dynamic Table of Contexts
Speaker: Jennifer Windsor
Authors: Jennifer Windsor, Susan Brown, Brent Nelson, Milena Radzikowska, Stéfan Sinclair, and the INKE Research Group
Reading Skins: Voyant and Tool Aggregation
Authors: Stéfan Sinclair, and the INKE Research Group
The Tablet as a New Medium for Scholarly Editions
Speaker: Atefeh Mohseni
Authors: Atefeh Mohseni, Daniel Sondheim, Luciano Frizzera, Geoffrey Rockwell, Stan Ruecker, and the INKE Research Group
Multi-Touch Surface as a Social Reading Environment for Variorum Edition
Speaker: Luciano Frizzera
Authors: Luciano Frizzera, Sarah Vela, Mihaela Ilovan, Piotr Michura, Daniel Sondheim, Geoffrey Rockwell, Stan Ruecker, and the INKE Research Group
Managing the Editorial Process: A Study of Workflow
Speaker: Teresa Dobson
Authors: Teresa Dobson, Geoff Roeder, Ernesto Peña, Elena Dergacheva, Susan Brown, Brooke Heller, and the INKE Research Group
Recently an INKE Interface Design Panel proposal was accepted by CSDH 2013 with the title ‘Touch-a touch-a touch-a touch me: Restoring materiality to the reader’. Led by an introduction about interface to touch, from Stan Ruecker and Geoffrey Rockwell, here are the titles of each paper that ID group members will present:
1. The Unbearable Lightness of eReaders – Jennifer Windsor,Stan Ruecker, Brent Nelson, Susan Brown, Stéfan Sinclair and the INKE Research Group
2. Tangible Workflows: Feeling the flow of information – Tianyi Li, Luciano Frizzera, Milena Radzikowska, Stan Ruecker and the INKE Research Group
3. Manipulating Multiple Editions with the Multi-touch Variorum (MtV) Project – Sarah Vela, Luciano Frizzera, Mihaela Ilovan, Piotr Michura, Daniel Sondheim, Geoffrey Rockwell, Stan Ruecker and the INKE Research Group
4. In Touch with E-Books – Atefeh Mohseni, Geoffrey Rockwell, Stan Ruecker and the INKE Research Group
5. Touching the Physical World Through Mobile Pixels – Luciano Frizzera, Geoffrey Rockwell, Stan Ruecker and the INKE Research Group
Daniel Sondheim presented a paper the INKE Textual Studies team’s conference Beyond Accessibility: Textual Studies in the 21st Century, in Victoria, BC. The paper was written with the help of Geoffrey Rockwell, Stan Ruecker, Mihaela Ilovan, Luciano Frizzera, and Jennifer Windsor, and was entitled “From Print to the Web and Back: The Current State of Scholarly Editions.”
Susan Brown and Stan Ruecker taught a course at the 2012 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) in Victoria, BC, entitled “Online Tools for Literary Analysis.” Luciano Frizzera assisted them. Registration in the course was full.
INKE ID members attended the annual SDH/SEMI conference at Congress 2012 of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference was held in Waterloo, Ontario, on May 28-30. Members presented a panel entitled “Interface to Interface Research,” speaking about year three projects of the ID team. Introductions and conclusions were given by Stan Ruecker, Geoffrey Rockwell, and Milena Radzikowska; Luciano Frizzera spoke about a workflow interface that ID is developing for editorial processes; Jennifer Windsor analyzed and explained the design of scholarly e-readers; Daniel Sondheim compared scholarly editions in print and on the Web; and Geoffrey Rockwell presented RIPr, ID’s rich prospect browser for studying interface design. In another session, Mihaela Ilovan presented a paper on CiteLens, a tool for exploring humanist citation practices by means of visualizations. SDH/SEMI was very well attended this year, and all of the talks went well.
The ID team is producing a Flash-based interface that will describe the workflow that is typically involved in editorial process management. In doing so, we are building off previous work regarding structured surfaces, which provide extra layers of meaning to graphs and other representations of data. By applying the concept of structured surfaces to the design of an interface, we hope to create an innovative tool that will be of use to journal editors and that will advance the field of interface design. An screenshot of the workflow interface can be seen below.
The Textual Studies INKE group has a project blog detailing their work on ArchBook. ArchBook is a freely available reference resource that illustrates and describes various textual features. ArchBook is currently soliciting entries for publication, and has posted some guidelines for those interested in contributing articles.
Geoffrey Rockwell gave a presentation on November 18th entitled “The Face of the Scholarly Corpus and Edition” at the conference “Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: Text and Beyond.” The conference was held at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
Stan Ruecker gave a presentation today at the University of Alberta today as part of the Humanities Computing Research Colloquium series. It was entitled “The Visualization of Uncertainty in Time.”