Abbot is a tool, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the MONK Project, that facilitates interoperability of different text collections. It takes arbitrary XML-encoded text collections and transforms them so that differences in markup schemas are effaced or eliminated. Abbot automates the conversion process using a novel technique that was developed at CDRH during the course of the MONK Project. This technique, which we call "schema harvesting," enables Abbot to generate its own set of conversion routines by reading an XML schema file and programmatically generating a very large and detailed XSLT stylesheet. Abbot writes the stylesheet based on rules that the user specifies in a schema file, such as those in common use by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) or other XML projects. Abbot makes no particular judgment or demand concerning the type of markup used, and can transform texts into any arbitrary XML schema.
Evince will serve as a proof-of-concept prototype of a visualization tool for the analysis of humanities texts online.
Project Description: http://cdrh.unl.edu/projects/pages/evince.php
MONK is a digital environment designed to help humanities scholars discover and analyze patterns in the texts they study. It supports both micro analyses of the verbal texture of an individual text and macro analyses that let you locate texts in the context of a large document space consisting of hundreds or thousands of other texts. Shuttling between the “micro” and the “macro” is a distinctive feature of the MONK environment, where you may read as closely as you wish but can also practice many forms of what Franco Moretti has provocatively called “distant reading.”
Finding aids for approximately 35 different collections in repositories within the U.S. and Europe were integrated into a single guide using Encoded Archival Description (EAD), eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML), and eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT) 2.0. The project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and in 2006, received the CFW Coker Award of the Society of American Archivists for innovation in archival description.
Project Description: http://cdrh.unl.edu/projects/pages/integrated_guide.php
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln coordinated a demonstration project to create a model Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) Profile for thematic research collection, using the Walt Whitman Archive, http://www.whitmanarchive.org as a test case.
Project Description: http://cdrh.unl.edu/projects/pages/interoperability_metadata.php