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Electronic Literature Organization (Cambridge, MA 02139-4301)
Joseph Tabbi (Project Director: April 2009 to July 2012)
Electronic Literature Directory: Collaborative Knowledge Management for the Literary Humanities

The development of a descriptive metadata vocabulary and the redesign of the Electronic Literature Directory website using open source content management and social networking software.

In 1999, the Electronic Literature Organization developed a comprehensive directory of electronic literature that has guided readers to thousands of works of electronic literature and helped to develop an international humanities discipline. But as the nature and complexion of the field has changed and matured, the directory has become both technologically and conceptually outdated. A decade after the release of the first incarnation of the directory, the authors and scholars at the Electronic Literature Organization will rebuild the Electronic Literature Directory using an open source, collaborative knowledge management platform and Semantic Web-based tools. The completely reconstructed directory will make records of works of electronic literature more accessible to the public, a team of editors will develop a metatag vocabulary and revise descriptions of listed works, and the finished product will show works in the context of critical scholarship about electronic literature.

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Project fields:
Literature, General

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

$47,870 (approved)
$47,870 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2009 – 4/30/2011