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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Paul Schaffner (Project Director: July 2015 to present)

The Middle English Compendium Reborn: Expanding Content, Improving Access, and Stabilizing Technology

Upgrades to the Middle English Compendium (MEC), three interlinked digital resources related to the study of Middle English: the electronic Middle English Dictionary (eMED); an expanded version of the HyperBibliography of Middle English (HB), a bibliography of primary sources cited in the dictionary; and the Corpus of Middle English (CME), a substantial collection of Middle English primary texts.

We propose three kinds of improvements to the Middle English Compendium: (1) to enlarge and update the Middle English Dictionary, Bibliography, and Corpus with both existing and newly created supplemental material; (2) to make the data more readily and more completely human  and machine readable, by making explicit information hidden in the reticence of the print dictionary, and by adding information, so as to allow for a more satisfactory experience for users and better integration with online resources; and (3) to transform the Compendium from a static resource to a dynamic one, both editorially and technically. Editorially, we will add the ability to accept, store, and publish additions and corrections, while distinguishing them from the original MED and according them a staged reception, ranging from bare acknowledgment to full integration. Technically, we will free the data from its legacy system while improving on that system's considerable functionality.

Project fields:

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$260,000 (approved)
$260,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 4/30/2018